Love it or loathe it, cricket has been a quintessential part of the British identity for centuries. For many people, cricket matches on the village green are the epitome of traditional country life and here in the Weald, the sport continues to play a role in many communities, both rural and urban.
But although cricket still thrives on the national and international stage, is it as popular as it used to be at grass roots level? As modern lifestyles continue to evolve, is there a future for the volunteer sport that has always summed up the English way of life, or is village cricket in danger of being bowled out for good? This month, we meet some of the local teams that are still batting for the home side and find out about their hopes for the future of their beloved sport.
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