Blaina is an old mining community deep in the Welsh Valleys. Its Cricket Club has a long history dating back to 1853, but until recently that history had been largely ignored in the cut and thrust of competition and the demands of keeping the club afloat.
The chance find, loss and subsequent rediscovery in a Swansea Museum of this photograph of a match played on their ground in front of a large crowd probably in 1926 led stalwarts from Blaina Cricket Club on their own heritage trail.
The George Ewart Evans Centre for Story Telling at Glamorgan University and the MCC are running a two year project called ‘Taking the Field’. The project aims to create a collection of digital media stories reflecting the importance of grassroots cricket to local communities in both the UK and Sri Lanka.
Blaina CC is leading the way and have created a short film that can be played by visiting this site and selecting Blaina Cricket Club Collecting Our History. Could your club be next?
Third Man wonders whether the 1926 match was a fund raiser for the miners and other workers involved in the General Strike? It appears that League cricket went on regardless as another photograph shows Blaina that year as Champions of the Eastern Division of the South Wales and Monmouthshire League.