Spring has certainly sprung; I know that because our local Cricket Club played its first match of the season down on Jubilee Meadow on the 24th April. Future fixtures can be found below so take a look, and if you are free one hot Sunday afternoon, then do pop down to support them, I’m sure they will appreciate your applause and I gather the Church House Inn remains open during the afternoon, so what better way to spend an afternoon than watching local cricket with a glass of refreshment to hand!
Wikipedia tells us: Village cricket is a term, sometimes pejorative, given to the playing of cricket in rural villages in England and Wales. Many villages have their own teams that play at varying levels in local or regional club cricket leagues.
When organised cricket first began in the 17th century, matches were played between rival parishes or villages and this level of competition has endured. It contrasts with what may be termed representative cricket whereby a team includes players from more than one parish (e.g., a team that represents a county or a country).
Village cricket teams are often made up of local residents only, although some teams’ first XI can include players with connections to minor counties cricket clubs and members of the academies of the county cricket club of the county in which the team lies.
In many non-professional cricket leagues, the adjective “village” is a descriptor used humorously, to convey a sense of amateurishness of some aspect of the team’s (or an individual’s) preparation, dress, conduct or play.
Now on to village History Group matters and our next open Social Evening.
This will take place on Friday 10th June at 7:30pm in the main hall and will be a talk with illustrations by David Lemon, called “Walking the Zambezi”. Originally booked for March 2020 it was cancelled and put back due to Covid, which proved especially sad as the topic was one chosen by our late Chairman Tony as he specifically wanted this talk in our diary – I daresay he will still enjoy it from above.
So please do come along and support us, entrance is free to members and just £2.00 for non-members, with tea/coffee included.
Another short article from me I’m afraid, nothing much to report back to you on at the moment, maybe there will be something exciting happening in the summer months to come.!
Derek .. MLHG Chair