THE world’s first underground cricket match has taken place in a slate mine under a mountain.
Village cricket teams from Threlkeld and Caldbeck took to the crease at Honister Slate Mine, a network of 11 miles of underground tunnels inside Fleetwith Pike in Cumbria.
The match was arranged as a fundraiser after Threlkeld lost their pitch through flooding.
Players included farmers, shopkeepers, caravan site owners, outdoor pursuit instructors and café owners, taking to the “field” for the game, held in a floodlit cavern 2,000ft below ground. The match was won by Caldbeck.