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Royal Air Force Cricket Team
The ROYAL AIR FORCE CRICKET TEAM is a cricket side representing the British Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
. The team played 11 first-class matches: nine between 1922 and 1932, mostly against other branches of the Services, and another two in 1945 and 1946. Their home ground is the Royal Air Force Sports Ground, Uxbridge
Uxbridge
. A number of notable cricketers played for the RAF team in its first-class days. Their side for the first such game, against Rest of England at Eastbourne in September 1922, included no fewer than eight current or future Test cricketers : Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs
, Wally Hardinge , Frank Woolley , Percy Fender , Harold Gilligan , George Geary , Charlie Parker and Abe Waddington (though none of them was currently serving in the RAF)
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British Army Cricket Team
The ARMY CRICKET TEAM is a cricket side representing the British Army . The team played a number of first-class matches between 1912 and 1939, although a combined "Army and Navy" side had played two games against a combined Oxford and Cambridge team in 1910 and 1911. In 1927 the Army played the touring New Zealanders , and in 1933 they played the touring West Indians . Since the Second World War
Second World War
, the side has continued to play cricket at minor level. The sides are managed by the Army Cricket
Cricket
Association which also runs Under 25 and Ladies teams
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Douglas Bader
Second World War
Second World War
* Battle of France * Battle of Dunkirk * Operation Dynamo * Battle of Britain * Adlertag * The Hardest Day
The Hardest Day
* Battle of Britain Day * The Blitz
The Blitz
* Channel Front (POW ) AWARDS Knight Bachelor
Knight Bachelor
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Order
& Bar Distinguished Flying Cross ">CBE , DSO & Bar , DFC however, when his father resigned from his job in 1913 the family moved back to London
London
and settled in Kew
Kew

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Abe Waddington
ABRAHAM "ABE" WADDINGTON, sometimes known as ABRAM WADDINGTON (4 February 1893 – 28 October 1959), was a professional cricketer for Yorkshire , who played in two Test matches for England , both against Australia in 1920–21. Between 1919 and 1927 Waddington made 255 appearances for Yorkshire, and in all first-class cricket played 266 matches. In these games, he took a total of 852 wickets with his left arm fast-medium bowling. Capable of making the ball swing , Waddington was admired for the aesthetic quality of his bowling action . He was a hostile bowler who sometimes sledged opposing batsmen and questioned umpires' decisions, behaviour which was unusual during his playing days. Waddington first played for Yorkshire after the First World War, when the team had been weakened by injuries and retirements. He made an immediate impression in 1919, his first season; he took 100 wickets and was largely responsible for Yorkshire's victory in the County Championship that year
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Charlie Parker (cricketer)
CHARLES WARRINGTON LEONARD "CHARLIE" PARKER (14 October 1882, Prestbury , Gloucestershire – 11 July 1959, Cranleigh , Surrey ) was an English cricketer , who stands as the third highest wicket taker in the history of first-class cricket , behind Wilfred Rhodes and Tich Freeman . CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 World Record * 3 References * 4 External links LIFE AND CAREERParker paid no serious attention to cricket in his childhood, preferring to concentrate on golf . He only took to cricket around 1900 and was recommended to Gloucestershire by W. G. Grace in 1903. However, he played only twice in first-class cricket before 1907. From then on, he played regularly, and despite several excellent performances, he was always overshadowed by George Dennett until World War I put a halt to county cricket. By 1914, Parker had not taken 100 wickets in a season and his last two years had been very expensive, suggesting that his was to be an insignificant career
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The Oval
THE OVAL, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the KIA OVAL, is an international cricket ground in Kennington , in the London Borough of Lambeth
Lambeth
, South London
London
. The Oval
The Oval
has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club
Surrey County Cricket Club
since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England
England
to host international Test cricket
Test cricket
in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there. In addition to cricket, The Oval
The Oval
has hosted a number of other historically significant sporting events. In 1870, it staged England 's first international football match, versus Scotland
Scotland

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Royal Navy Cricket Team
The ROYAL NAVY CRICKET CLUB is a cricket team representing the British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and based at the United Services Recreation Ground , Portsmouth
Portsmouth
, Hampshire
Hampshire
. The club was formed in 1863, although cricket is recorded as having been played by seamen since at least the 17th century. Between 1912 and 1929 some of the Navy's matches had first-class status, particularly those against other branches of the services, although they also played Cambridge University , MCC , and - in 1927 - the touring New Zealanders . Additionally, in both 1910 and 1911 a combined Army and Navy side played a first-class fixture against a combined Oxford and Cambridge side. The inter-services competition against the Army and RAF still continues, although it no longer has first-class status. Another competition, the Navy Cup, is competed for within the Navy itself
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Royal Air Force Cricket Team
The ROYAL AIR FORCE CRICKET TEAM is a cricket side representing the British Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
. The team played 11 first-class matches: nine between 1922 and 1932, mostly against other branches of the Services, and another two in 1945 and 1946. Their home ground is the Royal Air Force Sports Ground, Uxbridge
Uxbridge
. A number of notable cricketers played for the RAF team in its first-class days. Their side for the first such game, against Rest of England at Eastbourne in September 1922, included no fewer than eight current or future Test cricketers : Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs
, Wally Hardinge , Frank Woolley , Percy Fender , Harold Gilligan , George Geary , Charlie Parker and Abe Waddington (though none of them was currently serving in the RAF)
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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Cricket Team
CRICKET is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field , at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a target called the wicket (a set of three wooden stumps topped by two bails ) at each end. Each phase of play is called an innings during which one team bats , attempting to score as many runs as possible, whilst their opponents field . Depending on the type of match, the teams have one or two innings apiece and, when the first innings ends, the teams swap roles for the next innings. Except in matches which result in a draw , the winning team is the one that scores the most runs, including any extras gained. Before a match begins, the two team captains meet on the pitch for the toss (of a coin) to determine which team will bat first
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Combined Services Cricket Team
The COMBINED SERVICES CRICKET TEAM represents the British armed forces . The team played at first-class level in England for more than forty years in the mid-twentieth century. Their first first-class match was against Gentlemen of England at Lord\'s in 1920, while their last was against Oxford University at Aldershot in 1964. Combined Services have continued to play cricket thereafter, albeit at minor level. They played only six first-class matches prior to World War II , but a further 57 afterwards, when the individual services had ceased to play at first-class level (apart from two matches by the Royal Air Force immediately after the War). Of these 63 matches, they won 7 (5 of them between 1946 and 1949), lost 34 and drew 22. In the 1950s, most young men had to do two years National Service in one of the armed forces, so that Combined Services was able to field some reasonably strong sides
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George Geary
GEORGE GEARY (9 July 1893 in Barwell , Leicestershire , England – 6 March 1981 in Leicester , England) was a first-class cricketer who played for Leicestershire and England . CONTENTS * 1 Abilities * 2 Early career * 3 Test career * 4 Late career * 5 Retirement and death * 6 References * 7 External links ABILITIESAbove medium pace and right-handed, Geary was able to swing the new ball very effectively but relied for most of his success on his amazing persistence and ability to bowl with slight yet well-disguised variations of pace and cut. He was able to bowl quite incredible numbers of overs on unresponsive pitches, as shown in the last Test of the 1928/1929 Ashes tour , when he bowled an amazing 81 overs on a typical billiard-table Australian wicket in very hot weather
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Harold Gilligan
ALFRED HERBERT HAROLD GILLIGAN (29 June 1896 in London – 5 May 1978 in Shamley Green , Surrey ) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Sussex and England . Gilligan captained England on their four-Test tour of New Zealand in 1929-30 , which England won 1-0. This tour was played simultaneously with another England Test tour to the West Indies , where England were captained by the Honourable Freddie Calthorpe . A right-handed batsman of limited ability and occasional change bowler, Gilligan set a record in 1923 that is unlikely to be equalled when, in batting 70 times during the season, he scored 1,186 runs at an average of 17.70 runs per innings: the average is the lowest by any cricketer who achieved 1,000 runs in a season. Gilligan's brother was Arthur Gilligan , who captained England in 1924–25, making them the first, and to date only, brothers to have captained England
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Uxbridge
UXBRIDGE (/ˈʌksbrɪdʒ/ ) is a town in west London, England, and the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Hillingdon . Fifteen miles (24.1 km) west-northwest of Charing Cross , it is one of the major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan . Uxbridge
Uxbridge
historically formed part of the parish of Hillingdon in the county of Middlesex
Middlesex
, and was a significant local commercial centre from an early time. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century it expanded and increased in population, becoming a municipal borough in 1955, and has formed part of Greater London
Greater London
since 1965
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First-class Cricket
FIRST-CLASS CRICKET is an official classification of the highest standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket . A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might only play one innings or none at all. First-class cricket (which for this purpose includes all "important matches" played before 1895), along with historical single wicket and the modern limited overs forms of List A and Twenty20 , is one of the highest standard forms of cricket. The origin of the term "first-class cricket" is unknown but it was used loosely before it acquired an official status, effective in 1895, following a meeting of leading English clubs in May 1894
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Royal Air Force
The ROYAL AIR FORCE (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force . Formed towards the end of the First World War
First World War
on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history . In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War
Second World War
where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain
Battle of Britain

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