Seafront Nostalgic Gallery

Test Match Scoreboard c1934

By Peter Whitcomb

 
Photo:Test match scoreboard

Test match scoreboard

Photograph by Leslie Whitcomb (1915-2010)

Successful internet research

Amongst my father's photos was an archive photograph of a Test Cricket scoreboard erected by the current Aquarium, on the seafront. I have been puzzled by this photo as the original was undated and not in brilliant condition, nevertheless thanks to some research on the internet I am happy that I have discovered the date and other details.

1934 Test Match

The Test Match was England against Australia in June 1934. One can make out some of the players - on the England side famous names such as Hammond, Hendren, Ames and Verity; and the Australian team with the most famous of all - Don Bradman.

Australia well beaten

The England score shows their first innings at 293 for 5 wickets, with Ames and Leyland not out. They both went on to make centuries and helping England to a total of 440. Hedley Verity was the man of the match taking 15 Australian wickets, and, for once, Bradman failing with the bat, and Australia were well beaten.

Can you help?

My father was 19 at the time, and must have joined other cricket enthusiasts in viewing this giant scoreboard. I wonder if anyone knows when the board was erected and how long the board stood there? If you can help, please post a comment below.

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