Britain’s Lost Cricket Festivals

The cricket festival – when one of the county cricket clubs takes a week or so of games out of its home ground to a club ground somewhere else in the county, often at the seaside, and attracts a large and festive crowd to a bucolic arena fringed with white marquees, beer tents and deckchairs – is a declining phenomenon. Chris Arnot goes in search of the boundary ropes from around the country – from Essex at Southend to Wellingborough School – to relive the time when the greats of the international game including Glenn McGrath and Ian Botham lit up summer’s afternoons at the summer cricket festivals.