Anger over cricket club plan

Protests have taken place over plans to build houses on the site of the former Norfolk County Cricket Club in Lakenham.

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Cricket club a 'historical monument', say campaigners

Building houses on sports fields is always is a contentious issue. But when that venue has seen some of cricket's greatest names play there - the likes of WG Grace, Hutton, Atherton and Sobers - it raises the stakes that little bit higher.

The cricket ground at Lakenham in Norwich has enjoyed better days, but the thought that it might disappear all together has sparked a protest.

Looking back at Norfolk's old cricket ground

For almost two centuries, Norfolk played their cricket matches at the Lakenham ground in Norwich,

In this archive, of Norfolk playing Lincolnshire in 1966, we see Bill Edrich - who'd played for Middlesex and England - tossing up before leading the Norfolk side out.

Among those in the team are wicket-keeper Doug Mattocks, future captain David Pilch, and Robin Huggins. In 2000, Norfolk moved to a new ground at Horsford, just outside Norwich.


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