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Interlink Cricket Club and Indian Cricket Club 1978 Bradford

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Interlink Cricket Club and Indian Cricket Club 1978 Bradford

Film of the pioneering Interlink Cricket Club in action at Bradford Park Avenue, breaking down barriers between communities in the 1970s.

Non-Fiction 1978 3 mins

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Overview

This is film of possibly the first Indian amateur cricket club to be formed in England, made up of immigrants who have settled in Bradford. It consists of excerpts of a match being played at Bradford Park Avenue against an unknown team in 1978, with possibly Lord Kamlesh Patel playing, one time member of the Interlink Cricket Club. At the end a sweet small girl, having bathed in a sink and overcome camera shyness, shows some promise as a pop star.

This film was probably taken by Abdul Bismillah, who had filmed the cricketers practising back in 1972 on their home ground on Spencer Road. The Interlink Cricket Club that formed in 1970, as part of the Bradford Mutual Sunday School Cricket League, with a Youth Club on St Margaret’s Road, and managed by Rev. Keith Potter of St Columbus Church in Great Horton. The club was open to all nationalities, but was mainly made up of players who had come from India and several from Pakistan. A DVD tracing the history of the club, until it changed management in 1979, was recently made, narrated by founding member Mohan Mistry, a local restaurant owner who tragically died in 2014 on a charity run at the premature age of 58.