Australian Wanted In Woodhall Spa

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20101222Chris Ledgard tells the story of one small-scale international cricket exchange and explores its rich history:|the tradition of overseas cricketers playing for amateur clubs in the backwaters of England.|'Australian wanted for Woodhall Spa Cricket Club'.|Such adverts can be found on any number of English cricket club websites.|All over England, small cricket clubs welcome foreign players for the summer eason, committing themselves to supporting the players - with work or accomodation - on the understanding that they'll bring a sparkle to the score sheet.|This documentary follows one such exchange at Potterne cricket club in Wiltshire and weaves in its rich and fascinating history - which has seen some noble names playing in obscure places.|Chris meets Zimbabwean cricketer Dylan Higgins, who's come to this quintessentially English village club direct from Harare.|The team captain is Graham Gaiger, who runs the construction company that provides Dylan with a job.|Will the incoming sporting hero meet the expectation of the club? And how do overseas players go down with the local girls?|A fascinating, light-hearted observational documentary with a backbone of social history, on what happens when a new face is brought into the bosom of a tight band of sporting fanatics.|Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.|Chris Ledgard explores the tradition of overseas cricketers playing for amateur UK clubs.