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Colchester: See how cricketers re-enacted a little piece of history in tribute to First World War servicemen

John Bailey, bats during a cricket match between Colchester Auctioneers and Colchester Solicitors at Lower Castle Park to mark 100 years since the first game was played.

John Bailey, bats during a cricket match between Colchester Auctioneers and Colchester Solicitors at Lower Castle Park to mark 100 years since the first game was played.

A cricket match played 100 years ago between Colchester auctioneers and solicitors has been recreated for charity.

The historic contest held in Lower Castle Park days before the outbreak of the First World War saw a number of long-established firms represented on each side.

Exactly 100 years on from the date of the original, the match was replayed in memory of those players who fought in the Great War, and also to raise money for the Rob George Foundation and ABF the Soldiers’ Charity.

In 1914 the lawyers were soundly beaten but exacted revenge 100 years later, requiring just 23 overs to beat the target of 143 for 7 made by the auctioneers within the 30 overs.

Nicola Crisell, of Thompson Smith and Puxon solicitors and a member of the organising committee, said: “We’re remembering a poignant game 100 years ago because war broke out not long after the game was held. It’s about remembrance but also about having fun and raising money too.

“We’ve been working on this anniversary match for nearly a year now and it has all come together really well. The weather couldn’t have been better for us and there are lots of people from local firms who have supported us with donations and who have also come along to watch and support us today.”

The event raised £5,545 for the two charities through donations, a souvenir programme, raffle and charity auction hosted by Bargain Hunt and Flog It! antiques expert and auctioneer Mark Stacey, who has recently joined Reeman Dansie Auctioneers in Colchester.

See how well the teams re-enacted the photo here


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