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How a brewer, a farmer and a builder started first class cricket

Elgan Alderman goes in search of 250 years of first-class cricket history as he makes his way to Brooadhalfpenny Down. His beautiful article was published in The Times on 24 June 2022 to coincide with the 250th Anniversary of the original first-class match.

He astutely points out that two books reinvigorated interest in Broadhalfpenny Down; EV Lucas's The Hambledon Men in 1907 and FS Ashley-Cooper's The Hambledon Cricket Chronicle in 1924.

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