• Short Summary

    Cricket match in progress.

  • Description

    Cricket match.

    Location of events unknown / unclear.

    MS unidentified team walking out onto pitch. MS two batsmen walking out.

    Various shots of cricket match in progress (not very clear). MS team walking out again.

    A Pathe viewer has suggested that this looks like a match being played at the Oval, with Battersea power station in the background.
    It is likely to be the annual Gentlemen v Players match, where England's best Amatuer cricketers took on the Professionals.
    At the start of the footage we see the Amatuers descending the pavillion steps onto the field. The last Amatuer to take the field with the moustache is Percy Fender. The blonde haired amatuer smiling at the camera looks like Lionel Tennyson.
    We then see the two Players batsmen walk along in front of the pavillion before going onto the pitch. Traditionally, Gentlemen changed in better facilities and entered the arena via the grand entrance while the Players entered from their more modest changing facilities.
    The taller batsman on the left, walking out to the wicket is Frank Woolley who is shown in the footage batting left handed.
    His partner walking to the wicket looks a bit like Wilfred Rhodes.
    Just beyond the halway point we see Fender bowling his spinners to Woolley.
    The film ends with the Players emerging from the right of the pavillion to start their stint in the field.

    Amendment April 2012: A visitor to the site has written in with some additional information. Also featured: Lionel Tennyson, Frank Woolley, Jack 'Farmer' White, Percy Fender, Percy Holmes, Wilfred Rhodes. The only match this group played in together at the Kennington Oval was the Gents v Players match of 1920.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1920
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:19:00 / 01:26:24:00
    ON 459 D

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