Tales of the Turf

Since the new wicket was prepared last Autumn we have seen prolonged drought, a cattle stampede, heavy snow, record low temperatures, drought, and yet more drought; and yet we seem to have the makings of a ground! After the initial re-seeding in mid-September several members and friends spent many of the following weekends and evenings moving a …

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The History of Grantchester Cricket Part II: 1850 – 1870

In the first part of this occasional series we looked at Grantchester Cricket in the 1840’s and saw an established club playing regular fixtures against nearby villages and town sides. In addition the newspaper reports of the time tell of abandoned matches, “an excellent dinner of which 51 partook” and a suggestion that the Grantchester players may …

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Good News!

We’re all smiles at Grantchester Cricket Club today after we learned that our application for a grant from the local Council’s Community Chest has been successful. We have been awarded the dosh to purchase 2 sightscreens that can be erected for matches and dismantled afterwards. We will also be buying a large length of hosepipe …

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2012 Events

In these the dog days of winter, where cold holds the earth in its tentacular grip and the sacrosant optimism of daffodils is perceived folly, it is hard to believe that in just a couple of months men and women up and down the land will be digging their whites out of the …

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Averages 2011

Fixtures 2012

Seasons Greetings

It’s been quite a year here at Grantchester Cricket Club. Who’d have thought, at the beginning of 2011, we’d be well on our way to having our own ground, kit and roller. And yet here we are, thanks in no small part to some extremely generous benefactors and enthusiastic fund raisers. To all these …

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2011 Grantchester 10k Run – Online Registration Closed

We are very proud to announce that the Grantchester Sponsored 10k run will this year be held in aid of Grantchester Club on Sunday 11th December 2011. Meet at 10.15 am outside the Blue Ball Inn, this is a circular route that will bring you back here at the end of the run ready for …

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Grantchester Cricket in the 1980’s

Blue Ball cricket in the early 1980’s was a pretty casual affair made up from an eclectic mix of individuals from Cambridge and surrounding villages. Pete Brauer was captain though we always called him Pete “Man” because when he first turned up to play when asked his name replied “Its Pete, man.” He skippered for quite …

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End of Season Report

Played 9.  Won 6.  Lost 3. It’s not often we are accused of playing too hard but we were this season! I won’t reveal which team made this scurrilous accusation but it does reflect our improved playing standards. Could it be the winter nets, improved fitness standards or our lovely scorers new found …

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The History of Grantchester Cricket Part 1: “The Early Years”

The first definite record of cricket in Grantchester comes from 1843 when the Cambridge Independent Press (and when did we last have one of those?) reported that, “On Thursday 3rd August, Grantchester played Sawston” and, “stumps being pitched at 11.00 the game commenced”.  This is the earliest existing record but I think it’s reasonable to assume that if …

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Match Report: vs Dullingham

And so to the final game of the 2011 season and under grey skies “The Grantchester” headed East to Dullingham.  Twenty years ago (November 1991 to be exact) the village of Dullingham was struck by a freak tornado which caused substantial damage.  Would history repeat itself? The prospect of rain made this an important …

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Match Report: vs Conington part 2

“Country house cricket” featured in numerous novels and plays of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: “England their England” is perhaps the best known followed closely by Hugh de Selincourt’s “The Cricket Match” and various of E.W. Hornung’s short stories featuring “Raffles: the Amateur Cracksman”. One of the best known patrons of this …

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Work Has Begun

News reaches us that work is underway at our new home, Spring Lane Field in Grantchester. Below are the first shots, hot off the press, of the initial work to prepare us a cricket square. Take note, this way be tractors…          

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Stiffkey 2011

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