The Heritage and Health project will see the creation of a Virtual Museum which will eventually reunite some of the collections from the former Worksop Museum in virtual form. The content of the museum will be created by you and will be an important part of the 'Heritage Hub' at the Old Library and Museum building when it opens.
From the Museum…written by Derek Taylor
Bassetlaw Museum on Grove Street has many more objects than it can possibly put on display, so here is an opportunity to share an object that was once displayed at Workop Museum and is now kept in storage.
On the face of it, this is a simple cricket ball mounted as a trophy on a stand, but for many this ball was to change the face of cricket…
Harold Larwood gained a regular first team place in the England Test Cricket side in 1928. A first class player for Nottinghamshire, he was noted for his devastatingly fast and accurate delivery. At the same time, a certain Don Bradman was selected to play for Australia, and although England comfortably won the 1928 series, Bradman began to bloom as a player. In the next Test in 1930 he scored nearly a thousand runs enabling Australia to take the Ashes.
In response to Bradman’s prowess with the bat, the England Captain, Douglas Jardine came up with the tactic of the bowler intimidating the batsman. The ball was bowled fast, short pitched and aimed at the batsman’s body. This made the ball rise sharply and the batsman either had to duck or play a stroke that ran the risk of a catch. This method of bowling was dubbed by the Australian press ‘Bodyline’.
The consequence was enormous. It soured relations between England and Australia and the protests went all the way up to diplomatic level. Such was the impact of Bodyline that the laws of Cricket were changed.
This ball is from the first Test of the 1928 series, when it was presented to local man Harold Larwood after he took 6 wickets for 32 runs. Ironically, on that occasion he didn’t take Bradman’s wicket, he fell lbw to the bowling of M W Tate.
Derek our first Volunteer Curator holding the cricket ball that changed history and was once displayed at Worksop Museum - also his favourite object in the collection.
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