Inner-city cricket: meet the devotees nurturing the game’s grassroots

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Amateur cricket faces an uncertain future but amid the disquiet there are reasons to remain optimistic

“Will this actually do anything?” It is a sincere question posed by a senior member of the Lutonians Cricket Club but one that contains so much exasperation it may as well be rhetorical. Theirs is a story trying to avoid a bitter ending.

Originally a cricket club associated with Vauxhall Motors, the closing of the factory 20 years ago meant that if members wanted to keep playing, they would need to find a new home as theirs was sold off. Finding it was not an issue – Luton council gave them a plot six years ago that hugs a roundabout on New Bedford Road, with banks emanating out of the earth from two sides furthest away from the road creating colosseum-like seating for spectators.

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Written by Vithushan Ehantharajah
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/27/inner-city-and-community-cricket under the title “Inner-city cricket: meet the devotees nurturing the game’s grassroots”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.