May 30, 2007


Crusading through France

Will Luke

The Crusaders, an Australian team comprising former Test, first-class and league players, will travel to France to play a match just outside Paris on June 27 in their 42-day tour of Europe.

The highlights of their tour will be matches against a President's Italian cricket X1, Switzerland, Duke of Norfolk's X1 and the MCC at the Lord's Nursery Ground.

The Australian's will spend a whole week in France visiting the Burgundy vinyards of the Cote d'Or, explore Paris and the Palace of Versailles and admire the beauty of Monet's gardens at Giverny.

The Crusaders will play a match against Standard Athletic Club 24th June (2pm) at Meudon. From Paris they will travel to the Somme battlefields of northern France and the adopted Australian village of Villers Bretonneux. Then south to the Loire Valley and Chateau Chenonceau and Chateau Villandry and the highlight of the tour - the match against l'Equipe de France de Cricket.

Full story at This French Life.


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Posted by SCOTT GENT on (June 28, 2009, 12:49 GMT)

I just wanted to wish the boys a great tour and have lots of fun doing it. The cricket u play will be interesting as u do play against some good players. Also want to with my brother Brett Gent that is on the tour all the best with ur cricket and hope u make a heap.. Be safe to u all and best of luck.

Posted by rocky on (June 1, 2007, 4:29 GMT)

I'll thoroughly enjoy watching then in Berlin. I love going to cricket games, watching bat on ball on a lazy summer day and getting my watch polished.

Posted by Zac on (May 31, 2007, 10:46 GMT)

hey im an australian exchange student in switzerland and heard the Crusaders are coming to Europe. It says they are playing a match against Switzerland. Is it in Switzerland or not? It probably isnt because there are no turf wickets here but could you let me know if they are? And maybe who are some of the big name players? Thanx lads.

Posted by Christian Hoeft on (May 31, 2007, 9:44 GMT)

Hi James, as far as I know, the Crusaders will play against Berlin CC on June 10 at Koernerplatz/Olympiastadion, Berlin. Check our website:

Best, Christian

Posted by James Drayton on (May 30, 2007, 22:26 GMT)

I am an Australian who lives in London and works in Berlin! There is apparently a cricket league in Berlin - trying to work it out - but is there any plan to come to Berlin? Would love to consider sponsoring it! J

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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