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Tests and Tours

It's cricket's ultimate challenge: an intense, five-day battle against the best in the world, many miles from home.

One of the British Empire's most enduring legacies is the network of 'test' cricket playing nations who regularly lock horns at the game's highest level in a series of mammoth matches. The test series is a genuine test of skill, strength and character. In the era before commercial air travel, this involved lengthy sea journeys and many months away from home on tours that were planned like expeditions. Wonderfully, these tours were often captured by the home movie camera as well as the newsreel.

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West Indies Cricketers in Norwich, 1939
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West Indies Cricketers in Norwich, 1939

Home movie19391 mins Location: Lakenham

Vintage amateur film of the West Indies cricket team in Norwich; part of their 1939 tour of England.

New Zealand Cricket Team
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New Zealand Cricket Team

News19654 mins Location: Worcester

Worcester, riding high as England's cricket county champions, prepare to face the 'unfashionable' Kiwis.

Australian Women’s Cricket Team at Exmouth
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Australian Women’s Cricket Team at Exmouth

Sport19764 mins Location: Exmouth

The Australian Women’s Team tour England in the hot summer of 1976

Alec Bedser Cricket Home Movies: MCC Tour of Australia 1954
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Alec Bedser Cricket Home Movies: MCC Tour of Australia 1954

Amateur film195452 mins

The voyage, the camaraderie, the matches, the sights: the whole experience of a 1950s tour down under is here.

Second Test at Lord's
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Second Test at Lord's

Non-Fiction19261 mins

England battered by Bardsley in the second Test against Australia at Lord's

MCC in West Indies 1948
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MCC in West Indies 1948

Amateur film194825 mins

The England cricket team enjoy the best of the West Indies on their 1948 tour.

Worcester CC v West Indies at Worcester
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Worcester CC v West Indies at Worcester

Amateur film19574 mins Location: Worcester

A big day at New Road as the 1957 West Indies cricket team prepare to play home side Worcester.

West Indies v Minor Counties
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West Indies v Minor Counties

Sport19661 mins Location: Lakenham

West Indies Vice-captain, the Barbadian cricketer Conrad Hunte, chats to Anglia Television at Norfolk's County Ground at Lakenham.

Sussex vs The West Indies at Hove
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Sussex vs The West Indies at Hove

Amateur film196313 mins Location: Hove

Cricket legends abound in Hove as Sussex play the West Indies during their 1963 tour of the UK

Cartoons by Hiscocks
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Cartoons by Hiscocks

Animation & Artists Moving Image19264 mins Location: Oval, The

Short animation of a comic duel between English batsman Patsy Hendren and Australian bowler Arthur Mailey at the Kennington Oval.

Surrey Plays Australia at the Oval in 1934
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Surrey Plays Australia at the Oval in 1934

Amateur film19346 mins Location: Oval, The

There's Oval action as Surrey play the Aussies in 1934 - with batsmen and bowlers warming-up, looked on by fans, before battle commences

Sussex Plays South Africa at Hove
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Sussex Plays South Africa at Hove

Amateur film19674 mins Location: Hove

Hove is the venue for a cricket match between Sussex and a visiting team from South Africa - much to the delight of autograph hunters

Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket
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Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket

Sport19765 mins Location: Hemel Hempstead

Women cricketers are just as tough as the men, and no, despite rumours, they don’t wear coconut shells to protect themselves during matchplay!

Somerset CCC v Pakistan
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Somerset CCC v Pakistan

Sport19622 mins Location: Taunton

Somerset takes on Pakistan in the team’s second ever tour of England

A Century before Lunch
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A Century before Lunch

Non-Fiction19261 mins Location: Headingley

A masterful innings by Australian batsman Macartney in the third test at Headingley.

All out - 1,107!
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All out - 1,107!

Non-Fiction19261 mins

Ponsford, Ryder and Woodfull seen batting in Victoria's record-breaking innings against New South Wales in Melbourne.

Cohen Personal Film: The Oval, 1938
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Cohen Personal Film: The Oval, 1938

Amateur film19383 mins

England thrash Australia in the fifth Test at the Oval - but still lose the Ashes.

Australians' First Match
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Australians' First Match

Non-Fiction19211 mins

Stunning views from the boundary of the 1921 Australian touring team's first match.

Cricket at Birmingham
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Cricket at Birmingham

Non-Fiction19281 mins

Edgbaston sees Warwickshire take on the touring West Indies cricket team

England V. South Africa Test Match, 15th, 17th, And 18th June 1935
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England V. South Africa Test Match, 15th, 17th, And 18th June 1935

Amateur film193531 mins

England welcome the South African cricket team to Trent Bridge for the first Test

Warwickshire V Australians at Edgbaston
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Warwickshire V Australians at Edgbaston

Non-Fiction19261 mins

Warwickshire face the Australian touring cricket team at Edgbaston

MCC Tour of South Africa - Allom Home Movie No. 1
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MCC Tour of South Africa - Allom Home Movie No. 1

Amateur film19309 mins

Charming amateur film of the 1930-31 Marylebone Cricket Club team relaxing while on tour in South Africa.

The MCC Expeditionary Force in Australia 1954-5
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The MCC Expeditionary Force in Australia 1954-5

Amateur film195536 mins

A record of the England Cricket team’s tour of Australia in 1954-55 with stopovers on the way.

Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977
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Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977

Amateur film195859 mins

Sabrina bowls! The 50s bombshell takes centre stage - and the attention away from some wonderful cricket footage.

Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England Cricket Tour of South Africa 1956-57
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Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England Cricket Tour of South Africa 1956-57

Amateur film195618 mins

Before the sporting boycott of the apartheid state, South Africa was a touring destination for the English cricketer.

Test Cricket: Australia V. England at Sydney
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Test Cricket: Australia V. England at Sydney

Amateur film19329 mins

The English batsmen are at the crease against Australia in the first Test of the Bodyline series.

Timeless Test
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Timeless Test

Non-Fiction19302 mins

It's just not cricket… Don Bradman and Australia punish England at the Oval in the deciding test of the 1930 Ashes series

Test Match England v Australia at Manchester July 1930
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Test Match England v Australia at Manchester July 1930

Amateur film19304 mins Location: Old Trafford

Scenes from the Ashes 4th Test at Old Trafford, before rain stops play.