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PostPosted: 30/09/08, 08:55    Post subject: Britain's Best Cricket Ground Reply with quote

Daily Telegraph "Best Village Cricket Ground in Britain" Competition

This summer the Daily Telegraph ran a competition to find the Best Village Cricket Ground in Britain.
The judges thought that to be a typical Village ground it had to:

• be not be too flat or symmetrical
• be near water (a duck pond or a stream) - so that fielders could scramble around in the mud / water looking for the ball
• have a rickety wooden pavilion
• have a pub within spitting distance of the boundary edge, etc, and:
• be part of a walk (The Willow Walk) which takes in surrounding beauty spots, great local pubs and tea rooms.[/list]

The Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club ground and surrounding area had to be in with a chance.

The entry was limited to:
• 100 words to describe the club
• 250 words for the ground, pavilion location and views
• words for the walk
• 3 photographs

There were over 100 entries. The prize was won by Bridgetown Cricket Club in the Exmoor National Park - at least a west country ground won!

Here is the Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club entry:

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club (ULRCC) formed 1886 - The Best Cricket Ground in the Country

The Club

ULRCC a merger of the Lyme Regis and Uplyme clubs, came about because local sportsmen were anxious to keep the game alive. This spirit is encapsulated in the purpose of the club today which is to foster cricket in the area, organise teams, matches and cricket related activities and to maintain the cricket facilities at the ground. The club plays two teams in the Devon league, a Sunday XI and three colt sides (under 11s, 13s and 15s), organised as a joint venture with the local schools.

The Ground, Pavillion, Location and Views

The ground (owned by Fields In Trust, formerly the National Playing Fields Association) is located in the picturesque village of Uplyme on the Devon Dorset boarder in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The ground is nestled in the valley alongside the River Lim, surrounded by mature trees with cricket loving cows grazing in the adjacent field. Players and spectators enjoy beautiful views of the village and church and proximity to the village pub. There is an all-weather-strip courtesy of Lord’s Taverners and a practice net donated by local councils and community groups.

The club has two pavilions and a rickety old score box which is not too friendly in bad weather. The old pavilion, used for storage as it lacks running water and electricity, is a magnificent traditional pavilion with veranda and awning.

The new pavilion opened in 1983, has two dressing rooms, communal shower, kitchen, well stocked bar (often with real ales) and lounge area. It has seen better days with its patterned carpet, faded velvet curtains and Formica chipped tables, but is a much loved “home”.

The Pavillion walls are covered with an assortment of trophies, team photographs dating back to the 1940s, gifts from visiting teams such as Clumber Park, Metropolitan Police, Worcester Nomads, attracted by the delights of Devon and Dorset. There is the scorecard from the club’s Centenary match (1986) played on the Nursery Ground at Lord’s and a photograph of club members joining Ian Botham’s 1985 John O Groats / Lands End walk.

Willow Walk

From the ground walk up the hill by the old pavilion; mind the cricket loving cows.
Left at the style, down the hill, then straight on to view Cannington Viaduct built in 1903 to carry the London and South West Railway from Axminster to Lyme Regis.

Return to Holcombe Lane and pass Lower Holcombe farm. Look across to Shapwick Hill on the left and the flat top of Golden Cap (at 618’ the highest point on the South Coast).

Continue up the hill to the Woodland Trust arboretum and turn right into Cathole Lane and across the main Axminster to Lyme Regis road.

Climb Knowl Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the cricket ground and village.

Right at Carswell Farm to the Church of St Peter & St Paul first built in 1220 and admire the stained glass windows and Jacobean pulpit (1616).
In Church Street turn left along the River Lim into Lyme Regis, following the famous East Devon Way.

Over rustic bridges and past old farm buildings, once a working mill, walkers may spot the otter recently seen in the river.

Pass the Town Mill, dating from the 14th century, now fully restored. Visit the art and craft shops before moving on to the bakery for refreshments.

Stop at the Rock Point Inn for a drink and admire the view of Lyme Bay Jurassic Coast and Golden Cap. The Landlady’s son is the 1st XI captain.

Walk along Marine Parade and maybe relieve aching feet with a paddle.
Look across at the Cobb Harbour made famous by local author John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Visit the Lifeboat Station manned by several club members, before walking through the Jane Austen and Langmore Gardens admiring the view.

Sit in the beautiful gardens of the Alexandra Hotel to refresh yourself.
Otherwise proceed up Silver Street to the Nags Head for real ales and superb views.

Walkers can now choose to continue along the road to Uplyme or turn right down Woodmead Road to re-join the river walk.

The final stop is the family run Talbot Arms, ideal for lunch. Folklore has it that when Somerset played at the ground Joel Garner hit a six into the pub car park.

Return to the ground, enjoy the club’s hospitality and watch a thoroughly enjoyable game of cricket at the best cricket ground in the country.
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PostPosted: 14/11/09, 05:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

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