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The County Game

The tradition that won't die: county cricket may be under threat, but its greatest days will always live on film.

In its heyday, from the 30s to the 60s, English first-class county cricket played to packed houses at the most famous grounds, featured the top players of the day, and regularly enlivened the newsreels. That was before central contracts and the one-day game altered its nature for ever. But the names and the clubs live on (sometimes preserving the names of counties long since 'reorganised' away), and they will live forever in the record books - and in film.

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Lancashire XI Cricket Team
Lancashire XI Cricket Team
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Lancashire XI Cricket Team

Sport19231 minsSilent Location: Blackpool

Meet the team - a close encounter with some of the great characters of Lancashire cricket.

Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967
Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967
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Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967

Amateur film19677 minsSilent Location: Canterbury

Cricket takes a back seat in this film from 1967 which concentrates more on the spectators, their fashions and colourful examples of millinery

Somerset CCC Prepares for the Season
Somerset CCC Prepares for the Season
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Somerset CCC Prepares for the Season

Sport19622 mins Location: Taunton

Somerset gear up for the 1962 domestic season

Surrey v Lincolnshire - The Gillette Cup 1974
Surrey v Lincolnshire - The Gillette Cup 1974
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Surrey v Lincolnshire - The Gillette Cup 1974

Sport19742 mins Location: Lincoln

Lincolnshire Cricket Club captain Ian Moore is confident when meeting Surrey in the second round of the Gillette Cup, 1974.

Yorkshire are 1968 County Cricket Champions
Yorkshire are 1968 County Cricket Champions
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Yorkshire are 1968 County Cricket Champions

Sport19684 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull

A three-day battle between Yorkshire and Surrey in the cricket County Championship leads to a triumphant win for Yorkshire.

Somerset CCC v Nottinghamshire CCC
Somerset CCC v Nottinghamshire CCC
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Somerset CCC v Nottinghamshire CCC

Sport19771 mins Location: Taunton

Somerset and Nottinghamshire are playing in Cornwall

Essex v Surrey - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1979
Essex v Surrey - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1979
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Essex v Surrey - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1979

Sport19794 mins Location: Chelmsford

It’s a great day for Cricketer Stuart Turner, as Essex prepare for the Benson & Hedges Cup Final at Lord’s tomorrow, where they meet Surrey.

Essex beat Yorkshire - Benson & Hedges Cup Semi-final 1979
Essex beat Yorkshire - Benson & Hedges Cup Semi-final 1979
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Essex beat Yorkshire - Benson & Hedges Cup Semi-final 1979

Sport19794 mins Location: Chelmsford

The lads done good! Captain Keith Fletcher is overjoyed as Essex beat Yorkshire, making it through to the Benson & Hedges Cup final at Lord’s.

Northampton v Essex - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1980
Northampton v Essex - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1980
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Northampton v Essex - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1980

Sport19803 mins Location: Lord's Cricket Ground

Anglia TV News Report from Lord’s where Northamptonshire beat Essex in the 1980 Benson & Hedges Cricket Cup Final.

Essex County Cricket Club
Essex County Cricket Club
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Essex County Cricket Club

Sport19758 mins Location: Chelmsford

Cricketing legends Keith Fletcher and West-Indian Keith Boyce comment on the season ahead, and there's a ball through the clubhouse window!

Essex County Cricket Team
Essex County Cricket Team
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Essex County Cricket Team

Sport19774 mins Location: Leyton

Essex County Cricket Club’s best batsman, Keith Fletcher, and the ‘Cricketer’s Cricketer’, bowler John Lever speak to Anglia TV.

Essex in Second Place in the County Championships
Essex in Second Place in the County Championships
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Essex in Second Place in the County Championships

Sport19785 mins

Essex County Cricket Club are in their highest position ever achieved in the history of the club, in second place in the County Championships.

Notts V. Derby, And Notts V. Hants. 1932
Notts V. Derby, And Notts V. Hants. 1932
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Notts V. Derby, And Notts V. Hants. 1932

Amateur film193213 minsSilent

Nottinghamshire take on Derbyshire and Hampshire at Trent Bridge in the 1932 County Championship

Notts V. Derby, 1934
Notts V. Derby, 1934
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Notts V. Derby, 1934

Amateur film193412 minsSilent

Derbyshire visit Trent Bridge to take on Nottinghamshire for the 1934 Cricket County Championship

Notts V. Surrey, 1933; Notts V. Yorks., 1934; Notts V. Hants., 1934;
Notts V. Surrey, 1933; Notts V. Yorks., 1934; Notts V. Hants., 1934;
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Notts V. Surrey, 1933; Notts V. Yorks., 1934; Notts V. Hants., 1934;

Amateur film193336 minsSilent

Cricket galore! Four county championship matches and prizes for Larwood and Voce for services in Australia.

Notts V. Middlesex and Notts V. New Zealand, 1931
Notts V. Middlesex and Notts V. New Zealand, 1931
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Notts V. Middlesex and Notts V. New Zealand, 1931

Amateur film193110 minsSilent

Notts take to the pitch at Trent Bridge - with a guest appearance by the ground staff as the covers go on for rain.

Notts V. Surrey, 1932; Notts V. Glos. 1932; And Notts V. all-india 19
Notts V. Surrey, 1932; Notts V. Glos. 1932; And Notts V. all-india 19
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Notts V. Surrey, 1932; Notts V. Glos. 1932; And Notts V. all-india 19

Amateur film193215 minsSilent

Notts face Surrey and Gloucester at Trent Bridge in the 1932 Cricket County Championship before playing the All-India side.

Notts V. Yorks., Glos., Derby., Leics., 1933
Notts V. Yorks., Glos., Derby., Leics., 1933
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Notts V. Yorks., Glos., Derby., Leics., 1933

Amateur film19339 minsSilent

Amateur film of play during four 1933 county championship matches at Trent Bridge

Cricket: Worcestershire v Yorkshire
Cricket: Worcestershire v Yorkshire
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Cricket: Worcestershire v Yorkshire

Amateur film19556 minsSilent Location: Worcester

Cricket in the sunshine as Worcestershire take on Yorkshire at New Road.

Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull
Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull
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Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull

Sport19684 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull

Yorkshire, current leads of the County Cricket Championship table, take on Surrey on a rather dull and blustery day in Hull at The Circle.

Lincolnshire v Suffolk Cricket Match
Lincolnshire v Suffolk Cricket Match
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Lincolnshire v Suffolk Cricket Match

Sport19731 minsSilent Location: Sleaford

Lincolnshire compete against Suffolk in a Minor Counties Championship 2-day cricket match in 1973.

Sussex County Cricket Match
Sussex County Cricket Match
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Sussex County Cricket Match

Amateur film19607 minsSilent Location: Horley

First-class big-hitters from the county team, including Rupert Webb, take on Horley in this exciting colour film from 1960’s Sussex

Cricket Ground Preparations for Portsmouth Cricket Week
Cricket Ground Preparations for Portsmouth Cricket Week
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Cricket Ground Preparations for Portsmouth Cricket Week

Amateur film19904 minsSilent Location: Portsmouth

Cricket stars descend on Portsmouth while a flurry of groundsmen, broadcasters and fans prepare for Cricket Week

Kent County Cricket in 1963
Kent County Cricket in 1963
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Kent County Cricket in 1963

Amateur film19634 minsSilent Location: Canterbury

Ted Diamond's excellent short film captures the match and the celebs at Kent's County Cricket ground in August 1963

Cricket Again!
Cricket Again!
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Cricket Again!

Non-Fiction19220 minsSilent

Essex County cricket team get some much needed practice in the nets at the County Ground, Leyton.

Six-a-side at Weston
Six-a-side at Weston
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Six-a-side at Weston

Sport19611 mins Location: Weston-super-Mare

Somerset cricketers compete in six-a-side cricket match at the Weston-Super-Mare Cricket Festival

Welcome to 'King Willow'!
Welcome to 'King Willow'!
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Welcome to 'King Willow'!

Non-Fiction19251 minsSilent Location: Old Trafford

The opening match of the 1925 county championship season and Warwickshire's batting is undone by Dick Tyldesley.

First in the Field
First in the Field
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First in the Field

Non-Fiction19272 minsSilent

First county cricket match of the season between champions Lancashire and Warwickshire.

Sussex V Kent County Cricket Match
Sussex V Kent County Cricket Match
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Sussex V Kent County Cricket Match

Sport191310 minsSilent

Large crowds gather for cricket week at Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground, as Kent take on Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

The Carlsberg Hampshire Cricket Challenge, Hackwood Park
The Carlsberg Hampshire Cricket Challenge, Hackwood Park
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The Carlsberg Hampshire Cricket Challenge, Hackwood Park

Amateur film19914 minsSilent Location: Hackwood Park

Johnners' plays umpire as Hampshire's cricketers - past and present - meet at Hackwood Park for the 1991 Carlsberg Cricket Challenge

Yorks Draw with Surrey
Yorks Draw with Surrey
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Yorks Draw with Surrey

Sport19220 minsSilent Location: Oval, The

Surrey play Yorkshire at the Oval as the 1922 County Championship nears its conclusion.

Somerset CCC v Lancashire CCC in the Gillette Cup
Somerset CCC v Lancashire CCC in the Gillette Cup
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Somerset CCC v Lancashire CCC in the Gillette Cup

Sport19714 mins Location: Taunton

Somerset is knocked out as Lancashire reaches target

Norfolk v Essex - Opening of the Cricket Season
Norfolk v Essex - Opening of the Cricket Season
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Norfolk v Essex - Opening of the Cricket Season

Sport19651 minsSilent Location: Lakenham

Two East Anglian county cricket teams warm up at the start of the season, hoping to take home the third Gillette Cup in 1965. Regional news.