Aug 05

Reach for the Stars

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp Or what’s a heaven for? This was the most exciting match ever seen at Spring Lane and for some present perhaps the most exciting match they had seen in their lives. R.Clark the Reach captain inserted Grantchester which seemed a puzzling decision at the time. The …

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Jul 25

NSFW

Who needs The Ashes when there’s Grantchester’s finest to watch? Well, when we say “watch” it’s more “occasionally glancing at the pitch in between glasses of Waitrose rose and fevered debate about why men can’t change the loo roll when it’s finished but instead balance the new one on top of the empty cardboardy bit”. …

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Jul 21

Me, Myself & I

It really is all about me. Hearing Stiffkey were coming but short of players, I volunteered to play for them and the rest is, as they say, history. David F sold me to the visitors with tales of my bowling prowess. I and the more discreet Jerry Greggain ran out on the sun-blasted Spring Lane …

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Jul 14

Bardchester Chronicles

Two cricket teams, both alike in dignity, In fair Grantchester, where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny (in 35 overs per side) [With apologies to the Bard] Yes, there’s a classical theme to this match report – not just because the words of a mere 21st century hack can barely …

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Jul 07

Anyone for Crennis?

The word is getting out that stuff is happening at Spring Lane! This time it was a couple of folks asking about the ‘open air service’ as we were put up the sight screens (presumably as an altar backdrop prior to our ritual sacrifice on a length). Last week it was folks looking for the …

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Jul 04

Authoritative Author-ity

“Hi, sorry I’m a bit late” I said trying to pre-empt a rather serious looking Dave and Jerry as I finally made it to Spring Lane. I was clearly not the first to arrive as the usual scurrying around as the ground was prepared was in evidence. “Good evening, you’re looking authoritative” came the reply. …

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Jun 29

Ipso Facto Cricetus

“Are you the philosophy group?” asked the elderly lady, who had driven her friend down to Spring Lane in the mistaken impression that the motley crew erecting a marquee at 9am last Saturday must have been serious thinkers rather than – well, that other pursuit so beloved of habitues of the Blue Ball Inn, namely: …

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Jun 18

Ties Across the Ocean

In good time for the 4th July celebrations, delightful news reaches us from Ralph Gillis, a Grantchester Cricket Club member based in Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, former outpost of the British Empire: Attached are two photos with the GCC tie.  First is with a print of “old Ironsides” which is the frigate, USS Constitution, which …

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Jun 14

Fen-tastic

March II v Grantchester CC  9/6/2013 Welcome to Fenland! A cold, grey afternoon. Big pitch, believed to be an old marshalling yard, consequently an intimidatingly large boundary.  This was very much a proper pitch, complete with professional scoring box and permanent pavilion – a heady treat for the travel-weary Grantchester cohort. Playing a very young …

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Jun 11

Immortalised onto Canvas

Artist & Photographer Charlie Pryor has created this delightful painting of our cricket pitch together with the River Cam idling through the meadows. Entitled “Grantchester Cricket Field”, it captures the essence of Spring Lane superbly. More details can be found by visiting his website, where you can also order copies of the picture and browse …

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Jun 07

For Whom the Bell Tolls

While Istanbul blazed and Prague swam, on the pleasant shore of the Cambridge Riviera, two dormant cricketing super-powers briefly woke. With Conington, home to one of the oldest bells in Cambridgeshire, it seemed strangely apposite that Tony Kennedy, Cambridgeshire’s second oldest peeler should open the bowling. And open it he did. With Sam Ludford nobly …

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Jun 05

Taking the Pith

WAG’S BLOG: GRANTCHESTER V CONINGTON BEST DRESSED The competition is hotting up (maybe something to do with the weather) but, yet again, the top slot goes to a man on the field rather than those in the crowd. Perhaps realising that the previous week’s match against the ferociously-red-baseball-capped team of Ickleton had seen bare-headed Grantchester …

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