As any fool knows, the past was better. This was a golden age: the world was at peace, the pound was strong, trains and buses ran on time, children knew their place and there was friendly policeman on every corner.
This sepia-toned nostalgic veneer applied to cricket as well. The sun shone every day as eleven young men, wearing crisp, cream whites took to the field. The pitches they played on were as flat as billiard tables, but still offered someting for the bowlers, while the outfields were a verdant carpet.
The bowlers were lightning quick, could swing and seam the ball both ways, and were so accurate that they would put it on a sixpence, 6 balls every over. Spinners would turn the ball square on any surface, barely giving up a run. No bowler ever bowled a wide or no ball.
Batsmen were finer too, hitting every ball to the boundary with proper, thin, bats and running between the wickets at electric pace. Every one of them scored magnificent hundreds.
Fielders ran like whippets, never dropped catches, and every throw from the boundary whistled into the keeper's gloves over the top of the stumps. All players respected the umpire's decision and their word was final.
These were indeed the days to be alive, drink it in, you won't see the like again. But was it? Here at prtcc.com we give you the chance to breathe in those heady fumes of proper cricket, by reliving some classic matches from as far back as the turn of the 21st Century. Enjoy.
|20th June 2002||Bisterne Willows vs Sunday XI||Bisterne||PRT lost by 3 runs|
|25th May 2008||Bournemouth 2nds vs Saturday 2nd XI||Chapel Gate||PRT won by 1 wicket|
|28th June 2003||Saturday 1st XI vs Marnhull||Reforne||PRT won by 165 runs|
|10th June 2006||Saturday 1st XI vs Bridport||Reforne||PRT won by 8 wikcets|