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A Year in Photos

It began on New Year's Day with a match played "on a plastic pitch and with a pink ball" in contrast to that first First Class game back in 1772.

The season began, proper, in April with a visit from Ryan Pierse from Getty Images who brought his camera and his drone.

There were new innovations this year, from Branded Stumps, a sponsored Land Rover, a special "1772" beer, and a Slip-Cam.

We celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the first First Class cricket match with a game between Hampshire All Stars and an All England XI, that included Bond Actor Rory Kinnear, Chris Tremlett, Charlotte Edwards, Marck Nicholas, and Dru Patel from Yorkshire amongst others. Jack Russell painted proceedings and Mike Beardall reported live on Test Match Special whilst sitting on The Monument.

We welcomed new Brigands including Hari Walton and Mo Ali, and Brigands matches continued on Sundays, with a few lost balls, and enjoyable post-match refreshments at The Bat & Ball.

By August, Broadhalfpenny Down was parched; with runs easier to come by and balls slightly easier to find.

Harry Bates went viral on Instagram and Tik Tok with his immortal line "occasionally they let me play cricket"; thanks to our friends at Cricket District.

In September, Brigands paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In October we thanked Nick Harris for his decade of great service, gave out some awards, and appointed a new Committee including Gerry Northwood as Chairman of Broadhalfpenny Brigands CC.

An incredible year with thanks to everyone behind the scenes that work hard to make it such a success.

With huge thanks to Ryan Pierse, Malcolm Lamb and Dave Bodymore for sharing their great photographs with us.

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