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A Summer of Cricket

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Summer of Cricket

With the rain belting down, it must be time to look forward to the great summer of cricket ahead of us. June and July sees England host the Cricket World Cup and there is another Ashes series against the old foe, Australia, in August and September.

With so much to look forward to the mind wanders to cricketing greats of yesteryear; from W G Grace and Richie Bernaud to Ian Botham and Joe Root – with countless others in between. Records of their exploits can be seen, along with the Ashes Urn (a personal gift to the England Captain, the Honourable Ivo Bligh, in 1882/83) and other collections, within the MCC Museum at Lord’s.

The first record of cricket being played dates back to 1597 in Guildford, where it was a children’s game. By 1611 there are records of adults taking part, but the sport remained low key for much of the century as, being played on a Sunday, it was considered profane by the Puritans. After the 1660 Restoration, cricket became hugely popular and began to travel overseas. Club cricket followed with Arundel CC formed in 1704, Lindfield CC in 1747 and the far younger Sutton CC in 1857. Sussex again beat Surrey to the crease by forming the first county side in 1835.

Unfortunately, records prior to 1826 were lost during a fire that destroyed the old Pavillion at Lord’s, but all this record keeping inevitably leads to huge amounts of data being generated over the years by clubs and leagues alike.

At Restore we can store and archive all your records in whatever format you hold them (magnetic tapes, cloud data, antiquated scorebooks). Once securely held by us (in fireproof facilities) they can be tracked from off-site storage into your hands, and back again, with Dovetail, our file and asset-tracking software.

If you would like more information about Dovetail or how we can help with your archive storage, just call one of our knowledgeable, friendly team for a chat on 0333 060 6824.

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