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Annual Cricket Match 28 June   — Going ahead tonight!

The continuation of Covid-19 restrictions beyond 21 June now mean that it’s no longer possible to provide the advertised bar and barbecue. But the match is still on and everything else remains the same. So do  come along  – bring your own refreshments , rugs or chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening in the sunshine at the lovely St.Peter’s ground.

There will be a further update on 28 June if the match has to be cancelled because of bad weather.

The Annual Cricket Match – in aid of The Friends of Lympstone Church – MONDAY 28th JUNE at 6pm – St Peter’s School, Harefield, Lympstone

Cricket is changing. Every day the professional game becomes more like baseball as the money men take over.  But not in Lympstone, and not for the annual fixture between the Players of Lympstone Cricket Club and the Gentlemen of St Peter’s School.  Money is not involved, but it is raised for the maintenance of our ancient village church.

And this is a traditional village cricket match.  The wickets will still be called stumps, the batsmen will be batsmen (or in some cases batswomen), and the LBW law remains a mystery.

The venue is the same – St Peter’s Cricket Ground – and though you may miss the accompaniment of stirring music (the village band is unable to play), there will be a barbecue as usual, ice-cream will be licked, the sun will be shining, the view will be incomparable, and drinks will be flowing from the well-stocked bar -(no longer possible)

There is no better way to ease yourself out of lockdown, spread languidly around the boundary ropes, listening to the crack of leather on willow, hunting for balls lost in the next field, enjoying the beauty of a summer’s evening.

This event will be subject to the Government going ahead with further covid-related relaxations planned for 21 June, and to any remaining restrictions still applying.  There will be an update about this in the next Herald and here on the village website.

The image ‘Cricket, Lovely Cricket’ is by Eric Ravilious

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