Tribute to Sunderland cricketers as England celebrate Ashes victory at Durham

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Today – after England won the Ashes Series in the Durham Test – we pay tribute to our local cricketers.

“Wearside’s cricketing roots are thought to date to at least 1801,” said Susan Swinney, photo archivist for the Sunderland Echo. The first recorded local games were held on Monkwearmouth Shore and, as our photos show, cricket has proved popular ever since.”

Harry Bell (left) and Jack  Keeler June 1955 old ref number sport 3 119

Harry Bell (left) and Jack Keeler June 1955 old ref number sport 3 119

One of the earliest clubs, Bishopwearmouth CC, was constituted in 1834. It later merged with Hendon CC to become Sunderland CC.

“Sunderland CC made its home at Ashbrooke from 1887, and several of their teams took on the Australians over the years,” said Susan.

Other successful historic clubs include Whitburn, which was founded in 1862, and Seaham Harbour CC – which was established in 1868.

“Thousands of Wearsiders have taken part in local cricket over the decades.

“Our photos show just the tip of the iceberg,” said Susan.

To order any of these photos, contact Susan Swinney on 501 7152.