15 July 2012

1 July 1942: cricket since 1685

1 July Wed. Rather warm, dull morning but fine sunny afternoon. Did shopping in morning. Saw cricket on Mitcham Green. Woods the fine left-handed batsman had to stand up to bowling that kicked dangerously on a drying pitch, but it only proved how great a player he is. Madge & Mr.White called to arrange for the Sunday School Anniverersary. Fitted 12 1/2in hard wood propeller to 34 ins aero. A prop Fred Fraine gave me.

The clubhouse is on the opposite side of a road to the Green,
where cricket has been played since 1685. Photo: Peter Trimming
Note from Wikipedia: Mitcham Cricket Club is reported by The Independent to be the oldest cricket club in existence, with the club having been playing cricket on Mitcham Cricket Green since 1685. Mitcham club were also reportedly watched by Lord Nelson during his time in the area. The club has provided three players for the England cricket team, fast bowler Tom Richardson; batsman Andy Sandham; and wicketkeeper Herbert Strudwick. The ladies team was the local club for Molly Hide, who captained England for 17 years and later became president of the Women's Cricket Association. 

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