Essex Vs Australians Cricket - Essex 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 Australians'. The Australians' score at this match, played in Southend, would go down in history.
This film shows play on the second day, when Essex had the impossible job of trying to beat the Australians' fantastic performance from the previous day. Crowds mill around the ground waiting for play to commence. When the bell rings players leave the pavilion. Dodds and Cray are first to bat, but are soon caught and bowled. Extracts from the match show Pearce and the last man, Price, batting, but as the captions state, it was a hopeless task to match the Aussie score. With the score of 83 for 9, Essex leave the field and return to the pavilion. Showing great tact, the film maker does not include a shot of the Essex scoreboard!

This is the famous occasion when the Australians team scored 700 runs in a day. Their final total was 728-8. Essex were captained by T.N.Pearce and the team featured a young Trevor Bailey. Essex made 83 in their first innings and 187 in the second - a resounding defeat for the Essex team, with the Australians 638 runs ahead. This was an early tour after the war. India toured in 1946 and South Africa in 1947.


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