Thanks to Laurence McGarry of the Intellectuals for today´s daily snippet about his clubs history and the annual tours to date the Alicante based outfit have embarked upon.
Also thanks to Laurence for the additional suggestions for books, music and movies that may be of interest to cricket fans during the enforced lockdown.
INTELLECTUALS CRICKET CLUB
One could say that the Intellectuals Cricket Club first established itself as a cricket team on 21 September 1997: the occasion being a match against Marks and Clerk, a law firm from UK. At the time, the Intellectuals were known by the acronym of the organisation the majority of the players worked for, i.e. the OHIM.
The cumbersomely named ‘Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market’ deals with intellectual property and hence the team name – a result of the OHIM being the source of most of the team’s daily bread and butter [in those days, not so much now].
List of Intellectuals CC tour venues to date:
2005 London – Great Missenden/Hornsey
2006 London – Chorleywood/Moreton-in-Marsh/Hornsey
2007 No tour
2008 London – Chorleywood/Hornsey
2009 Italy – Cuvio
2010 London – Redbourn/Richmond Park
2012 No Tour
2013 Malta – Valetta
2014 Wales – Cardiff/Machen
2015 France – St Pons de Mauchiens
2016 Portugal – Oporto
2017 York – Heslington/Heworth
2018 France – Bretagne Chateau des Ormes
2019 London – Chiswick/Alexander Palace
2020 Ireland – Terenure CC Dublin ?
Suggestions by Laurence for reading material, movies to watch and music to listen too with cricket related themes :
As an appetizer, some further reading might include some cricket-based novels based on stories that reflect how cricket has influenced lives in for example the wake of 9/11, or in Taliban held Kabul and war-stricken Sri Lanka as depicted, respectively, in these books:
- Netherland https://www.amazon.es/Netherland-Joseph-ONeill/dp/0007275706
- The Taliban Cricket Club https://www.amazon.es/Taliban-Cricket-Club-Timeri-Murari/
- Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew https://www.amazon.es/Chinaman-Shehan-Karunatilaka/dp/0099555689/
Some movies to ponder might include:
- Wondrous Oblivion (2003) set in South London in the early 60s https://youtu.be/aAfwzXrB5XY
- Fire in Babylon (2010) focussing on Windies team of the 70s and 80s https://youtu.be/RbJsy9MgFVw
- Iqbal (2010) about the struggles of a deaf and mute cricketer https://youtu.be/1cIfRd0arB8
And of course music is always a must, with the following tracks providing an intro to a playlist that might appeal to the younger CE audience:
- Machel Montano & Claudette Peters – Come Rise https://youtu.be/PQL4WAeQIOQ
- Roots Manuva – Again & Again https://youtu.be/FRxYNTH-5Go
- The Compton Cricket Club – Bullets https://youtu.be/UKa2mp5ePes
LAURENCE McGARRY – INTELLECTUALS CRICKET CLUB