Camberley’s 1860s Cricket Match

On the last May Bank Holiday (30th May 2011), Camberley Cricket Club and Surrey Heath Museum organised a recreation of an 1864 cricket match between Cambridge Town (Camberley) and Frimley Cricket Club.

Camberley Cricketers in their 1860s costumes

Camberley Cricketers in their 1860s costumes

The Under 17s dressed in the 1860s costume and really enjoyed it. A team photograph was taken outside the pavilion prior to the match.   Rain sadly stopped play, but a winning trophy was awarded to the two Batsmen who produced the most runs.

Camberley Cricketers in their 1860s costumes

Camberley Cricketers in their 1860s costumes

Camberley Cricketers in their 1860s costumes

Camberley Cricketers in their 1860s costumes

The event was publicised locally and the museum had a live interview on BBC Radio Surrey and Hampshire in the morning.  Many local cricket enthusiasts turned up, despite the weather, to enjoy a historic display on cricket, kids activities, barbecue and cricket memorabilia brought along by Cricket Club members.

Both Surrey Heath Museum and Camberley Cricket Club hope to make the match an annual event, to celebrate local sporting heritage and continue to attract new players of all ages to cricket.

The event was part of a number of historic recreations of sporting events, countywide, organised by Surrey Heritage to celebrate Surreys sporting life. These events form part of the Cultural Olympiad, a series of national events leading up to the Olympic Games in London 2012.

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