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Durham County Record Office: the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington


Cricket was played all over the British Empire. In fact, you can tell the places that were part of the Empire today, because we still play cricket with them now!

The 2nd Battalion of the DLI, like most battalions, had a cricket team. The men in the photograph on the last pages were in that team. And just as newspapers today are full of news about sport, there was always lots of news about cricket, and other sports in The Bugle, the battalion newsletter.

Let's have a look at what it had to say:

The Bugle, 6 May 1897

If you can't read the text in the image, see a transcript of extract from The Bugle 6 May 1897.

Try to answer these questions:

  • Is this written at the beginning or end of the season?
  • Was last year a good year for cricket? Why not?