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The Summer Game
WG Grace and Bodyline, village greens and rain-soaked pitches - the story of cricket has rarely looked better.
Sport 1970 33 mins
This loving homage to the game of cricket is an unadulterated treat; a fascinating story beautifully yet succinctly told. The dulcet tones of Rene Cutforth and Hamilton Dyce narrate the history of the game, bringing a wonderfully poetic dimension to achingly beautiful scenes of village cricket greens. From the early days of Hambledon, through the establishment of the MCC, touring teams, WG Grace, Bodyline, the introduction of one day cricket and so much more in between, this is a joy to watch.
Cricket on Film
Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
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