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Astwood Bank Village Cricket Team

Astwood Bank cricket team prepare for the pinnacle of the village game with a trip to the home of English cricket.

News 1972 7 mins

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At Astwood Bank near Redditch final limbering up is underway for the local cricket team as they prepare for their biggest ever match: the final of the Haig national village competition to be played at Lord's. With fast bowler Joe Crumpton likened to Australia's feared Dennis Lillee and the rock-like batting presence of captain John Yoxall hopes are high. As reporter Derek Hobson finds out though, some of the training is carried out with a pint glass in hand.

Astwood Bank were unsuccessful in the final, losing to the Cornish village side Troon.