Cricket AM: Cumbria's Threlkeld Cricket Club go to extreme lengths

Last Updated: 07/08/13 3:42pm

A tiny village cricket club went extreme in order to get their damaged pitch fixed.

Threlkeld Cricket Club, based in Cumbria, watched on in horror as their ground was covered in hundreds of tonnes of stone from the neighbouring Blencathara mountain following a vicious storm in June 2012.

But the team - who were forced to cancel their annual fundraising dance just 24 hours before it was set to take place due to the threat of storms - acted fast, as Cricket AM discovered.

The boys and girls from Threlkeld went in search of alternative places to play - including up mountains and underwater - and placed images of their exploits in a calendar in order to raise money to repair their pitch.

Click here to purchase a Threlkeld Cricket Club calendar

The 12 pictures in the calendar are as follows:

- on a frozen wicket at Sprinkling Tarn below Great End

- from a gyrocopter as they played on a disused railway at Mosedale Viaduct

- on Shepherd's Crag, Borrowdale

- on a mountain, Blencathra

- on Rampsholme Island in the middle of Derwentwater

- at the ancient and mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle

- on the Lodore Jetty, Derwentwater

- on a steam engine "Sir Tom" at Threlkeld Quarry

- in Market Square, Keswick

- on the iron way at Honister Slate Mine

- on stage at the Theatre by the Lake

- underwater in the River Derwent


Local photographer Stuart Holmes, who has traveled the world with his camera in tow, captured the images and revealed his joy at the finished article, which was designed by Steve Scott ( and printed by Absolute Digital Print in Kendal.

Meanwhile, Threlkeld's club treasurer, mediocre batsman and reasonable bowler Michael Webster and club chairman Richard Allen hope the "humour" and "beauty" of the calendars boosts sales.

"After a meeting with some of the players, a quick discussion on the cricket calendar concept and a re-assurance about the non-nude nature, I knew this promised to be a lot of fun," said Holmes.

"It is a compliment to the team that they always could pull a team together, sometimes at very short notice. We have had to go to extreme lengths to capture the images, including flying in a gyrocopter, but I am delighted with the result."

"Each photo had its own little logistical nightmare, and included us holding our breath as we swung above Honister on a rope bridge."

Michael Webster

Webster said: "Each photo had its own little logistical nightmare - not least being held hostage to the wet Cumbrian weather! - and included us holding our breath as we swung above Honister on a rope bridge.

"It has shown that we all have a great sense of humour in the face of adversity - now we just need to shift these calendars to make it all worthwhile."

Allen, added: "Even if you don't like cricket, it is a brilliant calendar and shows off the best of this part of the northern English Lake District. We're really proud of the finished product and we hope people will think 10 quid for an A3 calendar is pretty good value."

For more info on Threlkeld's 'Extreme Cricket' endeavours, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter, where you can view some bonus images.