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The 71st Men's Ashes Test

26th Jul 2019
Triumph for England

Fresh off the back of their historic cricket world cup win, England will be hoping to use that momentum and excitement to regain the Ashes from Australia.

Throughout the summer, England’s men will be hosting the 71st Ashes Test at Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester.

The women’s Ashes test is being held from 26 June to 31 July and consists of a mixture of 1 day and Twenty20 international matches.

Test cricket is a very different game from the 1 day (limited overs) cricket on display during the world cup. It’s a much slower game, held over 5 separate matches, taking 5 days each. Whomever wins the best out of the 5 matches, wins the Ashes.

And why’s it called the Ashes? Well, back in 1883 during the first test, England lost and the press dramatically declared the ‘English game had died’ and the ‘body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia’. And to cement that name in history for ever more, when England retained the ‘Ashes’ the following year, they were presented with a small urn said to contain the ashes of a cricket ball.

CSSC and cricket share a rich history

CSSC has a long history of cricket, going right back to our founders. Richard Cox and George Barson were particular fans and George’s attempts to arrange an international match between the Ministry of Health and Colonial Administration in Holland eventually led to the formation of CSSC.

More recently a young Geoffrey Boycott showed early promise on the field, playing for the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance. Who knows, perhaps his time playing for the civil service helped push his career to new heights.


So it’s no surprise that cricket today remains hugely popular in CSSC, for both participants, and spectators alike. 

As well as hosting many regional and local matches, we also offer the chance to play, watch and volunteer at all levels. From beginner lessons to county test matches.

And for all your equipment needs we offer cashback and discounts at many online and high street retailers with your My Savings+ We may also be able to help fund you if you’re looking to turn professional or train to be an umpire.

If you know your ‘Googly’ from your ‘Yorker’ look out for the Curtis-Bennett Shield cricket final on 29 August in Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, for a nice lazy day in the sun?

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