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

Match Report: vs Conington part 1

In retrospect the signs were ominous. A seemingly strong team………..no last minute absences………..everyone had enough kit…………even fielding practice went well. Surely all was set for Grantchester to revenge last year’s heavy defeat. And yet? Ugly rumours were circulating. Had our keeper really been punting down the Cam dressed only in his boxers? Did …

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Match Report: GCC vs Hemingford

Where are battles won? Apart from the valour shown in the white heat of combat there are the all too often unrecognised hours of training and preparation that go on before the battle even begins. The Friday evening basked in the slowly setting sun and a perfect evening of cricket was to unfold. …

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Match Report: Testudo & Profumo at Cambridge University Press

Genius is not only characterised by success but by strong levels of variation. The good achieve reliably but genius can so easily falter between brilliance and disaster. And so it was for the GCC team on this sun drenched Sunday. The bowling attack of GCC was ferocious, inspired and (mostly) accurate. Jake and Adam …

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Match Report: Philanderers Truncated by Dominant GCC

A depressing blanket of pendulous grey cloud hung over the Clare college cricket pitch as the teams prepared to do battle. The Philanderers batsmen stood at the crease for some ten minutes or so as chaos prevailed amongst the Blue Ballers as to whom was playing and also their whereabouts. In the end …

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Cricket Sixes 2011

As a club making great strides, we have been invited to submit a team or two to the St Giles CC cricket sixes this coming Sunday, the 19th June. Should be a good day, with barbeques and music all afternoon. Emphasis is on fun cricket with everyone given the chance to participate. Play starts at …

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Match Report: GCC Sunk by Stiffkey in Nelson’s County

Our second official tour to North Norfolk saw a plucky Grantchester XI beaten by a determined Stiffkey.  Injuries and a brace of motorcycle breakdowns saw Grantchester robbed of both players and supporters and it was not until twenty minutes before 2 o’clock that the Grantchester team was confirmed. Winning the toss Stiffkey decided …

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