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Street cricket with beer: Londoners defy COVID rules

Revellers lined the street as a batsman before what appears to be a cardboard box faced a bowler racing down the street. The batsman cracks the ball with a cut shot to cheers while some spill beer and smile.

By: Reuters | Updated: October 13, 2020 1:55:51 pm
The batsman cracks the ball with a cut shot to cheers while some spill beer and smile. (Reuters)

With cricket bat, bowler and beer, Londoners set up an impromptu game of night cricket on the high street in Peckham this week as fatigue and frustration with the British government’s lockdown rules rise.

Revellers lined the street as a batsman before what appears to be a cardboard box faced a bowler racing down the street. The batsman cracks the ball with a cut shot to cheers while some spill beer and smile.

The footage here was taken on Saturday night by filmmaker James Jones, who said he had filmed it at around 10:20 p.m., shortly after pubs are required to close under the government’s lockdown rules. Few in the crowd are social distancing and only some have a mask on.

“I’m sure lots of people have strong opinions and legitimate concerns about crowds gathering during a pandemic, but it was a spontaneous and joyful moment at a time when we all need a bit of joy in our lives,” Jones said.

“I just filmed the clip and carried on home with the game still going on.”

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