World’s first (any maybe last) underground cricket match

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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.

Threlkeld and Caldbeck cricket clubs take part in the world's first underground cricket match within Fleetwith Pike, Borrowdale, Keswick.

Threlkeld and Caldbeck cricket clubs take part in the world's first underground cricket match within Fleetwith Pike, Borrowdale, Keswick.

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.