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Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

Pendleton Field - Woodborough’s cricket ground.

Reprieve for the village cricket - the six hundred villagers of Woodborough are greatly relieved. For more than a quarter of a century the stalwarts of Woodborough had put on their whites and trod the soft turf of the cricket field ready to do battle for the honour of their native soil. The Woodborough Cricket Club it was agreed, was the scourge of all Nottinghamshire. And then came a thunderbolt in the form of a notice to quit. Stunned, the villagers - enthusiasts or not - watched as the outfield went under the plough. That was last year. The mighty hitters and cunning bowlers of the cricket club trickled over to Epperstone rather than have no game at all. Deep gloom fell on Woodborough.

Now reprieve has come. The owner of the ground, Mr F Paulson, has offered it to the County Council, which knows how keenly the subject is felt in the village.

So Woodborough will probably miss only one season of their beloved game - and, in fact, may have their green extended to accommodate tennis and football.

Mr Percy Bingham and Mr Victor Whitelock were both captain and vice-captain of Woodborough Cricket Club. Mr Cyril Rowe and Mr Neville Gammon were club special bowlers. Mr Whitelock he was free groundsman for the club now