Sep 15

Lancaster Thunder

The Grantchester made their way to Dry Drayton for the final match of a successful 2013 season versus a St Giles XI. A bright afternoon greeted the gathering players, as well as three newly purchased rolling covers, presumably after last year’s monsoon cricket season they seemed a wise investment. With the hosts a couple of …

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Sep 01

Magick and Mythticism

Next to the unconscious form of the bar manager, a pith helmet lay upturned. A small fire had broken out in the corner of the room. A solitary tooth was embedded in the table, glinting in the pale moonlight. Grantchester’s annual cricket tour had come to Stiffkey. 12 hours prior, Captain Steve Wilson was inspecting …

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Aug 18

Stitched up like a kipper

In the world of friendly cricket between clubs with a long standing association, communication is often done through a loose network of pub gossip with no attributable sources. So it was that, following a sequence of convincing wins, we heard at the Blue Ball via the White Swan at Conington and the Poacher at Elsworth …

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Aug 11

“I don’t believe it!”

In a jovial reminder to members of the forthcoming  Sawston match I had lightheartedly referred to the unfinished match of 170 years ago in August 1843. The game finished abruptly when according to the press report: “After two of the Grantchester men had been in for some time for their last innings, the Sawston, not …

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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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