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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
Sport 1897 2 mins Silent
Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.
Women Willows and Wickets
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Sunbury
Action from a women's game of cricket in Sunbury, with one of the teams consisting of workers at Lyons Corner Houses.
New Cricket Headguard
Sport 1971 3 mins Location: Chelmsford
Lancashire and England cricketer David “Bumble” Lloyd is far from 'bowled over' by the idea of the introduction of a new headguard. Anglia TV.
Cricket on Test
Sport 1965 9 mins Location: Nettlebed
From village green to Lord's: the late, great Richie Benaud narrates a guide to the state of cricket in England.
Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
News 1972 3 mins Location: Northampton
Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
News 1974 5 mins Location: Worcester
A master craftsman in willow: Duncan Fearnley explains the intricacies of making his championship winning cricket bats.
Ramsgate's Odeon and the demolition of a Herne Bay cinema
Amateur film 1985 8 mins Location: Ramsgate
Watch in horror as two of Kent's Art Deco cinemas await their terrible fate at the hands of developers
A Village in West Sussex: Slinfold.
Amateur film 1980 7 mins Location: Slinfold
Reg Charman's Sussex burr is the perfect accompaniment to this charming film about the village of Slinfold - complete with old railway lines, a church, a pub and a caravan site
Morris Dancers invade Horsham
Amateur film 1989 4 mins Location: Horsham
Gangs of bearded men in smocks vie with women in clogs as rival teams dance their way through the quiet streets of Horsham in this Morris Dancing extravaganza from 1989
Amateur film 1980 6 mins Location: Crawley
Crawley is the venue for a great gathering of buses and coaches to celebrate a half-century of Green Line services in this memorable film from Beryl Armstrong
Amateur film 1970 3 mins Location: Leeds
Enjoy a day out at Leeds Castle in Kent - seen through the lens of Beryl Armstrong's camera - in this short film from the 1970s
A Visit to Arundel Castle
Amateur film 1972 9 mins Location: Arundel
Join the Greenyers as they spend an enjoyable day at Arundel Castle - walking about the gardens and viewing the surrounding countryside from the battlements.