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Surrey's Sporting Life – two-stump cricket, knickerbocker cycling, baseball invention...

PUBLISHED: 18:03 07 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013

Surrey's Sporting Life – two-stump cricket, knickerbocker cycling, baseball invention...

Surrey's Sporting Life – two-stump cricket, knickerbocker cycling, baseball invention...

As part of the Cultural Olympiad in the build up to the 2012 Olympics, a peloton of performances will take you on a journey through Surrey's sporting past via a variety of re-enactments. Here are a few of the highlights...

As part of the Cultural Olympiad in the build up to the 2012 Olympics, a peloton of performances will take you on a journey through Surreys sporting past via a variety of re-enactments. Here are a few of the highlights


Sunday May 15
Vintage Womens Cycling Fashion
Woking Bikeathon, Bishop David Brown School, Woking, Surrey GU21 5RF: 01483 518730
Visit Woking to witness a vintage womens cycling event demonstrating the famous knickerbocker suits (as riding in a long skirt was difficult, the Rational Dress Society promoted them) made famous by Lady Harberton's daring stand for women cyclists (in 1899, an elderly lady in exceedingly baggy knickerbockers reaching below the knee was refused luncheon in the coffee-room at the Hautboy Hotel in Ockham.

Sunday June 19
First recorded baseball match
Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7AD: 01483 444766
In 2007, a previously unknown William Bray diary, covering 1754-1755, was found in a garden shed it mentioned the elusive Base Ball. A re-enactment of the first recorded baseball match, which took place in Surrey in 1755, will take place at Surrey Sports Park involving a team in 18th costume playing against the Guildford Mavericks.

Sunday June 19
The 1775 match that changed the rules of cricket
Ripley Cricket Club, The Green, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6AN: 01483 223024
In 1772, cricket was played with two stumps and only a single bail. In a match against the famous Hambledon Cricket Club, Lumpy Stevens bowled the ball between the two stumps, without dislodging the bail and each time the batsman, John Small, was given not out. This caused a huge outcry. Ripley Cricket Club in association with Send and Ripley Historical Society is hosting a re-enactment of a 1775 match during which Lumpy Stevens's exceptional bowling changed the rules of cricket forever.

Sunday August 21
Sunday Fun Day
The Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey GU10 2DL: 01252 795571
The centres annual Sunday Fun Day will have a sporting theme this year with local rambling groups offering a selection of walks and a Victorian childrens cricket match at the Rural Life Centre in front of the cricket pavilion. Tilford Cricket Club will be putting on a re-enactment match celebrating William Silver Billy Beldham, who for a long time was the leading batsman in the country before retiring to become landlored at The Barley Mow, Tilford.

Sunday August 28
18th century cricket
Chertsey Cricket Club, The Edward Stern Sports Ground, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DL: 01932 425683
Step back in time to watch a cricket match played to the old rules from 1772, when Lumpy Stevens' exceptional bowling changed the rules of cricket (see Ripley entry earlier). Teams will be made up from the four main clubs in Runnymede: Englefield Green, Egham, Chertsey and Ottershaw and Ham.

Sunday September 18
Brooklands Cycle Festival
Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN: 01932 857381
The 2011 Brooklands Cycle Festival will include races for Penny Farthings, solid tyre safety cycles, pre-1940 cycles, Rally Choppers and a Brooklands Handicap race for all. Energetic cyclists will be encouraged to try the Test Hill challenge.

Tuesday September 20
Sunburys sporting heritage talk
Sunbury Sports Association, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey TW16 5PS: 01932 226776
Sunbury's sporting heritage includes the Sunbury regatta, first held in 1877, the London Irish Rugby Club based in the village since 1931 and Sunbury Cricket Club founded in 1938. This talk by Linda Miller will explore the history of these and other local clubs and individuals. Admission 1 to non-members of Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society

Saturday October 15
Surrey Heritage Annual Lecture: basemen, bats and a lot of balls
Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND: 01483 518737
Our countys sporting heritage is unique. Not just one but two major international sports were first recorded here. One was cricket, which is well known. The other one is rather more surprising. All that, and much more, will be revealed in this intriguing talk by author Julian Norridge. Tickets 10, including refreshments.

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