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June Magazine Round up

June Magazine Round up

1 Jul 2022

Purton Cricket Club in May

May saw the first full month of play this year with all teams across all ages being in action. It is fair to say that our results have been mixed so far. However, the good news is that nearly all the teams have won at least one match so far with the 2nd  XI winning 3 of their 4 matches.

With 17 games down Purton’s victories have just edged our defeats with 9 games won so far. One of our biggest wins came in the game involving the 2nd XI who saw off Goatacre by some 9 wickets. Unfortunately, they also suffered May’s heaviest defeat by 9 wickets. The 1st XI overcame both Goatacre 2nds  and NALGO. Lydiard Millicent have won one and lost one in the Swindon Midweek league. Their first win was an impressive 10 wicket victory over the Knight Watchmen. Purton’s Midweek team (a combined team with Haydon Wick), has won 2 of its 3 matches beating Swindon Tigers and Motorola by 4 wickets and 43 runs respectively.

In the youth section there have been wins for the Under 11s against Potterne, where we won by 3 wickets. Our Under 13s have had the biggest win of our season so far, beating Corsham by 10 wickets . In their one match so far, the Under 15s lost to Swindon by 5 wickets.

With much of the season still remaining we are hoping for an even better set of results. And if you are interested in helping out in any way as a player or volunteer, please do get in touch we would love to hear from you. Communications.purtoncc@gmail.com

FROM THE ARCHIVE

Purton vs Lansdown. Clash of the Titans.

Back in the 1830’s there were few cricket matches and even fewer of greater importance than those between Purton and Lansdown, Bath. With Purton boasting the likes of Budd and Pratt, we were a formidable force and so it proved on 4th and 5th July 1834 with Purton winning by two wickets have exceeded Lansdown’s score of 168. Budd did the damage claiming 11 wickets over the 2 innings. The bowling was tight on both sides with a score of 20 with the bat, being exceeded only 4 times in the entire match, once by Budd of course.

Interestingly we have the coverage of the match from the Wiltshire and Gloucester Gazette published 2 days later which gave the result but also described the scene in literary flourishes:

“The weather on both days was exceedingly fine and the beauty of the spot with the romantic scenery by which it was surrounded, rich as that now in its sun-lit summer pride, enhanced not a little the pleasure of at least 500 people who had assembled to witness the sport.”

“At seven o’clock the wickets were drawn, and the attention of the players was transferred to the ladies, who graced the scene in great numbers and whose presence added a charm and zest to the proceedings of the day, which animated all and diffused universal delight.”  

“Tea was provided by the Club and, the fair guests having partaken thereof, the gay dance was commenced to the music of the Swindon band and many a fairy foot tripped pleasantly on the green sward in the graceful quadrille or voluptuous waltz till “the weary sun had made a golden set.”.”

Later that month when the teams met again on 22 July 1834, Purton won by 110 runs. Purton ended up with 211 with Lansdown managing only 101. The outstanding figures for the match go to Budd (Purton) and Protheroe (Lansdown) with 10 wickets each. Not surprising then that the highest score with the bat was 46 from Budd. However, the tables were turned in the return match a fortnight later on 7th August with Lansdown winning by 17 runs, scoring 156. Protheroe took 7 wickets while Budd took 6. Budd again scored highest with the bat achieving 46.

Queen Victoria’s Coronation Celebrations , Purton June 1838

In light of the recent Platinum Jubilee here is a brief summary of the events that took place at the cricket ground in June 1838 to mark the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Tents were erected and dinner tables spread for 400 people. It was a very pleasing sight to view the long line of children who, with their masters and assisted by Mr. Mrs. Lamb and their family made a very interesting procession. 400lbs of beef and mutton, besides mutton pies, 8 sacks of potatoes and about 50 plum puddings were distributed. A 65 gallon of good table beer was drunk at dinner and a 79-gallon cask of rich fat ale was breached afterwards. A true loyal English spirit universally prevailed.