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 I have not been able to ascertain just when cricket was first played at Bures. My information is that the game was first played at the current recreational ground in Bures in 1921, but before that the club played at Bakers Hall, Colne Road, Bures.

The earliest record of a game which I have been able to find is one in 1845, between Bures and Great Bentley. Apparently, the Bentley batsmen batted all day and promptly retired for "refreshment", without offering the Bures batsmen the opportunity of getting to the crease. The match was being played for a barrel of beer and the stakes were therefore high! The Bures batsmen were offered (perhaps half in jest) an innings in one hundred years time, to complete the match. However, play was not in fact resumed until 22nd June 1957, whereupon Bures were able to complete victory by 2 wickets! One wonders if the beer was still drinkable?

Click here for more information, press cuttings and pictures of this fixture.

It is clear therefore that cricket has been played at Bures for over 150 years. I only had the pleasure of playing cricket with one of the 1957 players, namely Robin Springett and some are of course sadly deceased. David Warden, son of the late Edgar, still occasionally plays for Bures having had a long cricketing career with major Suffolk clubs.

Club archives suggest that Bures has always had a healthy fixture list. This fixture card from 1960 shows, for example, that teams come from far and wide to play cricket here.

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