That’s just not cricket

cricket at cromford
cricket at cromford

Townsfolk from Cromford were digging into the history books to resurrect a centuries old sport back in the 1970s.

As part of the Cromford Arkwright Festival in 1971, 18th Century cricket was re-enacted on The Meadows.

The Jebediah Strutt XI, captained by Colonel Peter Hilton, took on the fearsome Sir Richard Arkwright XI, captained by Alderman Bill Trippett.

The Strutt team batted first and Ian Waite made a vital 25 runs before being caught by footballer Eddie Shimwell.

Les Bradbury made the highest score off one ball – 11 and Tom Fletcher surprised everyone by using a shovel instead of a bat.

In this picture, Colonel Hilton is watching the umpire ‘spinning’ the bat before the match.

The game attracted a healthy crowd of more than 1,000 spectators.

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