It is a remarkable event in cricket history, a match will resume after 100 years. A cricket match was played at Buckinghamshire between the Lee CC and Manor House, on 3rdAugust 1914 just before the World War I shook the world with terror. This village cricket match was abandoned due to rainfall. Then the players promised to continue with the match after the war but amongst them very few could make it back home.
There may be wars that may cause devastating effect on the lives of people, it may demolish an entire country, it may overturn the economy of a country but cricket could never be stopped under any circumstances. Once Rabindranath Tagore wrote a poem which was not related to cricket but it has become relevant to cricket as it said no matter what may come in people’s way they keep on doing what they were doing. Come what may, people would never give up. Similarly, cricket lives on forever even if there was a World War which rampaged everything, killed people but they could not kill the spirit of cricket in people’s heart.
According to BBC news, the Lee CC chairman Matt Line said that this would be the perfect tribute to the men who were a part of this match and never returned after the war. This 100 year old match was brought to the light by a member of the cricket club who read about it in Michael Senior book No Finer Courage, which portrays life of people in the village during the War.
It was The Lee versus the Manor House and back in those days the house was the biggest employer and most of The Lee players were estate workers this was what Mr Line said. No doubt there would have been a bit of an edge to the game. In the war one player lost a leg and was severely injured. The Lee’s fast bowler was killed by a sniper. But another chap, GD Roberts did survive and went on to play rugby for England. Everybody sat around and thought, we just have to do this. He thinks it would be a fitting tribute.
This unfinished game between The Lee and a select XI who will represent the Manor House of the village will take place on Sunday. This match will make a mark on cricket history.
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