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Street cricket in Montford Place near the Oval 1953

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Street cricket has been played across London since the rules of the game were formulated.

Montford Place is a street near to the Oval cricket ground in Kennington and children in the area have long been fonder of the game than in other areas of London. This photo was taken in 1953.

In street cricket, there is no real rule book. Tennis balls are often used because it is lighter. A dustbin, empty crates, broom sticks or canes serve as stumps at the batsman's end while a piece of brick or a pipe serves as the stumps at the bowler's end. When they are no stumps, the players assume the stumps to be at an imaginary height (usually above the waist level of the batsman). This leads to many arguments as to whether the ball would have hit the stumps or not had the stumps been there for real.

The size of the road or traffic does not hinder the progress of a game; children often wait for the traffic to clear before playing consecutive deliveries.

A very important rule that is almost always used in street cricket is one pitch catch or pitch catch. This rule declares the batsman as out if a fielder catches the ball after it has pitched once after the batsman hits it. One pitch could mean bouncing off the ground/wall/tree etc. This rule typically puts the batsman at tremendous disadvantage/pressure. So, many times this rule is tweaked to one pitch one hand. This means that the fielder has to use only one hand in catching a ball after it has bounced once; if the fielder uses both hands to catch a ball after it has pitched once, then the batsman is declared not out. In London, this rule is often known as one hand, one bounce.

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Oval

Oval tube station in Kennington is named after The Oval Cricket Ground, which it serves.

The station opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the City & South London Railway. It opened as Kennington Oval, and was designed by Thomas Phillips Figgis with elements of early Arts and Crafts and neo-classical detailing. The structure was made distinctive by a lead-covered dome with cupola lantern and weathervane which housed some of the lift equipment; the main part of the building was of red brick. The station building was rebuilt in the early 1920s when the line was modernised and was refurbished during late 2007/early 2008 at street level with a modern tiling scheme inside and out, giving the station a more modern look. Reflecting its proximity to the cricket ground, the internal decorative tiling features large images of cricketers in various stances.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Archbishop Tenisonís School:   Archbishop Tenisonís School moved to The Oval in 1928
Battersea Power Station:   Battersea Power Station is a future Underground station on the Northern Line.
City Racing:   City Racing was an artist-run space in Kennington, South London which was active between 1988 and 1998.
Eaves Housing for Women:   Eaves Housing for Women (Eaves) was a charitable company based in London.
Horns Tavern:   The first mention of the Green Man and Horns tavern near Kennington Common was in 1725.
Kennington Park:   Kennington Park is a public park in Kennington, south London.
Oval:   Oval tube station in Kennington is named after The Oval Cricket Ground, which it serves.
Ovalhouse:   Ovalhouse, formerly called Oval House Theatre, is an Off-West End theatre.
Vauxhall:   Vauxhall is an inner city area of Central London in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Vauxhall Gardens:   Vauxhall Gardens was a pleasure garden, one of the leading venues for public entertainment from the mid 17th century to the mid 19th century.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Chartist meeting, Kennington Common (1848):   On 10 April 1848, William Kilburn took daguerrotypes of the Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common Ė taken from the top of The Horns tavern were the first ever photos of a crowd scene.
Vauxhall Station early 1900s.:   Vauxhall at the turn of the twentieth century.


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(formerly Lucas Road), SE5 · Albert Embankment, SE1 · Albert Embankment, SE11 · Albert Embankment, SW8 · Albert Embarkment, SE1 · Albert Enbankment, SE1 · Andrew Place, SW8 · Ascalon Street, SW8 · Ashmole Place, SW8 · Ashmole Street, SW8 · Auckland Street, SE11 · Aveline Street, SE11 · Battersea Park Road, SW8 · Belmore Street, SW8 · Black Prince Road, SE11 · Blore Close, SW8 · Bowden Street, SE11 · Bowling Green Street, SE11 · Bradmead, SW8 · Bramley Crescent, SW8 · Bridgefoot, SW8 · Brixton Road, SE11 · Brooklands Passage, SW8 · Brooks Court, SW8 · Camberwell New Road, SE11 · Cardigan Street, SE11 · Carey Gardens, SW8 · Chester Way, SE11 · Christchurch Vicarage, SW8 · Citadel Place, SE11 · Claylands Place, SW8 · Claylands Road, SW8 · Clayton Street, SE11 · Cleaver Square, SE11 · Cleaver Street, SE11 · Clyston Street, SW8 · Condell Road, SW8 · Corunna Road, SW8 · Cottingham Road, SW8 · Courtenay Square, SE11 · Courtenay Street, SE11 · Cowthorpe Road, SW8 · Crimsworth Road, SW8 · Cringle Street, SW1V · Cringle Street, SW8 · Deeley Road, SW8 · Denny Crescent, SE11 · Denny Cresent, SE11 · Dolland House, SE11 · Durham Street, SE11 · Elm Lane, SW8 · Farnham Royal, SE11 · Fellmongers Path, SE1 · Flower Market, SW8 · Fount Street, SW8 · Fruit And Vegetable Market, SW8 · Fruit Vegetable Market, SW8 · Glasshouse Walk, SE11 · Glyn Street, SE11 · Goding Street, SE11 · Goldsboro Road, SW8 · Goldsborough House Springfield Estate, SW8 · Graphite Square, SE11 · Hanover Gardens, SE11 · Hanover Gardens, SW8 · Harleyford Road, SE11 · Harleyford Road, SW8 · Harleyford Street, SE11 · Havelock Terrace Arches, SW8 · Havelock Terrace, SW8 · Hemans Street, SW8 · Hookham Court, SW8 · Hotspur Street, SE11 · Imex Business Centre, SW8 · Imex Centre, SW8 · Kennington Lane, SE11 · Kennington Lane, SW8 · Kennington Oval, SE11 · Kennington Oval, SW8 · Kennington Park Road, SE11 · Kennington Park, SE5 · Kennington Road, SE11 · Kennington Road, SW95 · Kirtling Street, SW8 · Knight’s Walk, SE11 · Laud Street, SE11 · Linford Street, SW8 · Lockington Road, SW8 · Lohmann House, SE11 · Loughborough Street, SE11 · Magee Street, SE11 · Market Towers, SW8 · Methley Street, SE11 · Milverton Street, SE11 · Montford Place, SE11 · New Covent Gard, SW8 · New Covent Garden Centre, SW8 · New Covent Garden Mar, SW8 · New Covent Garden Mark, SW8 · New Covent Garden Market, SW8 · New Covent Garden, SW8 · Newburn Street, SE11 · Nine Elms Lane, SW8 · Orsett Street, SE11 · Oval Way, SE11 · Pagden Street, SW8 · Palmerston Way, SW8 · Pascal Street, SW8 · Patmore Street, SW8 · Pegasus Place, SE11 · Ponton Road, SW8 · Prima Road, SW9 · Radcot Street, SE11 · Ravensdon Street, SE11 · Riverside Walk, SW8 · Rudolf Place, SW8 · Sancroft Street, SE11 · Savona Street, SW8 · Sedley House, SE11 · Silk Mews, SE11 · Sleaford Industrial Estate, SW8 · Sleaford Street, SW8 · Southville, SW8 · St George Wharf, SW8 · St Oswalds Place, SE11 · St. Georges Close, SW8 · Stannary Street, SE11 · Stewart Court, SW8 · Stewarts Road, SW8 · Studios, N1 · Tent City, NW10 · Thames Path, SW8 · The Fosters Oval, SE11 · The Pavilion, SW8 · Thessaly Road, SW8 · Thorparch Road, SW8 · Tinworth Street, SE11 · Tun Yard, SW8 · Tyers Street, SE11 · Tyers Terrace, SE11 · Vauxhall Cross, SW8 · Vauxhall Street, SE11 · Wadhurst Road, SW8 · White Hart Street, SE11 · Wickham Street, SE11 · Windmill Row, SE11 · Worgan Street, SE11 · Wynyard Terrace, SE11 ·


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