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English Cricket Documentary from the Hutton-Compton Era

September 5, 2016

Tom Farman

 This recently unearthed British Council documentary provides a snapshot of English cricket over 60 years ago. Narrated by Sir Ralph Richardson and the great BBC commentator John Arlott, it shows beautiful footage of Test cricket and the theatre surrounding it, as well as the more humble cricket on the village green. There is some splendid slow-motion footage of the Lord’s Test of 1948, featuring such legends of the game as Sir Don Bradman, Sir Len Hutton, Denis Compton and Keith Miller.

 dENIS COMPTON Denis Compton hits the winning stroke as England beat Australia and win the Ashes at the Oval, London, 19th August  1953
 BRADMAN Bradman in action

The Pathe documentary footage is also very strong on the crowd, the sense of occasion of a Lord’s Test that remains every bit as much of a national event today as it did in Sir Don’s last Ashes tour of England. It is a world away from Hot Spot, DRS and Snicko (and probably none the worse for that) but this video provides a glimpse of how cricket might have loked in 1948

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/10187355/Ashes-2013-Watch-video-of-1948-Ashes-series.html

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Clearance Sale of Aussie Cricket Bats

August 8, 2015

cricket bats

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Thriving Nathan Lyon turns his thoughts to Ashes

October 19, 2013

Peter Laylor, in The Australian, 19-20 October 2013

-nathan-lyon- Getty Nathan Lyon–Pic by Getty Images

IF selectors are looking for another excuse to drop Nathan Lyon he is giving them none and raising them one as the off-spinner says he wants to play all three forms of the game.  Back playing for his native NSW in the Ryobi Cup, the 25-year-old produced a couple of delightful deliveries during a compelling spell against Queensland on Thursday. First he lured Usman Khawaja from his crease to have him stumped and the following ball ripped one back into Greg Moller, who held the bat above his head as the ball crashed into his stumps. Khawaja admitted later that the Bulls decided Lyon was bowling so well he was best seen off — even on the postage-stamp-size North Sydney Oval. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust — Botham stands by his prediction of 5-nil whitewash of Australia

October 18, 2013

VIV AND IANBOTHAM -REUTERS

SEE http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=10848&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2  … where Botham reports that his walking training in Scotland and elsewhere has honed his body for the rigours of a long walk in Sri Lanka’s humid heat in support of the Foundation of Goodness’ welfare work in two locations in north and south with support from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation whose masthead he carries. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Read the rest of this entry ?

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A View from the Third Umpire’s Box

August 26, 2013

view from Third upire's box

……………a jaundiced view from the author but its is good a way of pulling the leg as any –especially as the wine is from the Barossa Valley!

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Is the typical Aussie sportsman a colonial Neanderthal?

August 23, 2013

A suggestion arising from Boof Lehmann’s attack of hoof and mouth? So thinks a resident in England who sent me this note

Abbott in briefs“Why is it that the Australian male – from Tony Abbott to Darren Lehmann – never misses an opportunity to prove the stereotype of the colonial Neanderthal?”
LEHMANN
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/theashes/10258312/Ashes-2013-Darren-Lehmanns-halo-slips-with-vitriolic-attack-on-Stuart-Broad-ahead-of-fifth-and-final-Test.html Read the rest of this entry ?
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Top drawer cricket : Ashes 1948 on video with top-drawer commentary

August 13, 2013

SEE http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/10187355/Ashes-2013-Watch-video-of-1948-Ashes-series.html

by Tom Farman, 18 Jul 2013

This recently unearthed British Council documentary provides a snapshot of   English cricket over 60 years ago. Narrated by Sir Ralph Richardson and the   great BBC commentator John Arlott, it shows beautiful footage of Test   cricket and the theatre surrounding it, as well as the more humble cricket   on the village green. There is some splendid slow-motion footage of the Lord’s Test of 1948,   featuring such legends of the game as Sir Don Bradman, Sir Len Hutton, Denis   Compton and Keith Miller. The Pathe documentary footage is also very strong on the crowd, the sense of   occasion of a Lord’s Test that remains every bit as much of a national event   today as it did in Sir Don’s last Ashes tour of England.

Aussies on board ship at Tilbury, II Bradman’s Invincibles at Tilbury docks, 1948

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