Cricket: Club as old as Wisden Almanack to celebrate special anniversary

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First published in Sport Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor covering the Thornbury, Dursley and Yate areas

SLIMBRIDGE CC are celebrating their 150th anniversary.

The club was born in 1864, which also saw the publication of the first Wisden Almanack – the cricketer's bible – with farmers and villagers playing cricket in Slimbridge before W.G. Grace embarked on his long and distinguished career.

Two events will be taking place to mark this significant milestone.

A special anniversary game of cricket will take place on Sunday, August 24 starting at 11am, where two teams made up of past and present players will dress in Victorian Cricket attire.

Slimbridge chairman Jeff Chandra said: "We should see a wide range of beards, whiskers, hats and belts on the day.

"I'm sure there will be some fancy blazers as well. We have a super day planned with the game, activities and a barbecue.

"It would be good to see anyone who has a connection with the club in the past.

"It should be a fun day; everyone is welcome. It would be great to see spectators in Victorian costume as well.

"It is a wonderful achievement to reach 150 years. The plan is for the two teams to be captained by our two longest serving current players, Bill Church and Nigel Evans.

The club are now asking all past players who want to play to get in touch with Jeff (07791234777) or Bill Church (01452 741136), or email dstayte@hotmail.com as soon as possible

The club are also planning a special dinner in November to round off the celebrations. Details will be published later.

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