Essex v The Australians cricket match - Australian innings

  • Theme - Sport
  • Year - 1948
  • Location - Southend-on-sea
  • Filmmaker - Unknown - Local News


In May 1948 Essex County Cricket Club faced a touring team from Australia. The Australian score at this match, played at Southend-on-sea, would go down in history.
This clip shows enthusiastic school boys forming a large part of the crowd who spill onto the pitch to observe the Australians, sometimes rather too closely!, as the visitors warm up.
A bank of photographers record the Australian opening batsmen, Brown and Barnes, as they walk onto the field for a hard hitting morning of cricket with the Australians a remarkable 202 for 1 at lunch.
Eventually, Brown is dismissed for 153 and, as play continues, ‘slow mo’ shots are interspersed with the fall of wickets. The scoreboard turns round to a score of 600 - 5, then at 688 - 7, 692 - 8 and finally 700 - 8 .Their final total was 728-8, a record score in a day's play.

The Australians were captained on this tour by Don Bradman, who scored 187. He can be seen on the left, walking up the steps at the beginning of the film. Essex were captained by T.N. Pearce and a young Trevor Bailey was also in the team. He can be seen in slow motion shots, along with Ray Smith. Essex made 83 in their first innings and 187 in the second. This was a resounding win for the Australians. The innings by the Essex team are featured in a second extract on this website - 1948, Essex v Australians (Essex innings).


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