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Bradman at Worcester archive film
Don Bradman batting at Worcester in 1948
Bradman made 107 in 142 minutes at New Road in 1948

The legendary batsman Sir Donald Bradman never failed to score a century at Worcestershire's New Road ground.

He made three consecutive double centuries, in 1930, 1934 and 1938, and 107 in his last innings at New Road in 1948.

Archive film from British Pathe News show "The Don" in action, in 1934 and 1948.

After he had made a third consecutive double hundred, Worcester Porcelain presented him with a special urn.

Bradman on film

British Pathe news have five films about Don Bradman playing against Worcestershire on their website .

The earliest is from the Australians visit to New Road in May 1934 - Bradman scored 206.

Watch the film

The other four films are of Bradman's final tour of England, in 1948.

It was the Australian's first trip to England for ten years, due to the Second World War.

Bradman had to content himself with a mere 107, made at almost a run a minute.

British Pathe News film one

British Pathe News film two

British Pathe News film three

British Pathe News film four

Bradman at Worcester

1 May 1930: Bradman scored 236 for Australian v Worcestershire at Worcester, his first innings on English soil, aged 21.

The Australians were given a formal welcoming dinner at The Star Hotel in Foregate Street, by the mayor of Worcester.

Don Bradman and Stan McCabe
Bradman and McCabe go in to bat on the 1930 tour.

This welcome didn't stop the tourists putting Worcestershire to the sword - they won by an innings and 165 runs.

The Berrow's Journal for 3 May 1930 were not slow to recognise Bradman's extraordinary talent.

"This 21-year-old is the holder of the world's record score of 452 not out - he has at once earned distinction in English cricket."

The paper also recorded how quickly Bradman scored his runs: 150 made in three hours, and 236 in four and a half hours.

He was finally out caught Walters, bowled Brook.

3 May 1934: Bradman opened his second English tour by completing an innings of 206 for Australian v Worcestershire at Worcester.

By this point he was already a sporting superstar - the Berrow's Journal for 5 May 1934 reported that "a crowd estimated at variously 1,000 and 1,500 gathered on the platform and outside the station entrance."

Donald Bradman
Huge crowds turned up to see Bradman bat at New Road

The official welcoming committee at Shrub Hill station included the Nawab of Pataudi, who was to play for Worcestershire in the coming match.

The paper went on to report of Bradman's batting masterclass, given at New Road in glorious weather:

"After tea, Bradman gave a brilliant display of forceful batsmanship. He displayed that he was the master of the game, with a variety of strokes, all around the wicket."

Once again he scored his runs at great speed - he went from 8 to 112 not out after tea - hitting 56 in boundaries.

His 206 was made in three hours and 23 minutes, with 27 fours.

Worcestershire lost by an innings and 297 runs.

30 April 1938: Bradman scored 258 for Australia v Worcestershire at Worcester, his third successive double century made in an opening game of the tour.

In honour of this achievement, the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company presented him with a special commemorative vase.

The picture on the vase, by ceramic artist Harry Davis, shows Bradman at the crease and Worcester Cathedral in the background.

It is now kept in the Bradman Collection Museum at the Adelaide Oval.

The Worcester News & Times cricket writer, who used to pseudo name 'Umpire', reported before the game started that Bradman intended not just to play, but to set a record:

"I learn from a friend of mine who travelled on the Orontes with the tourists that Bradman is very keen to set up a record of a hat-tick of double centuries in the opening matches in England."

Again record crowds turned out to see if he would, with more than 10,000 packed into New Road.

Bradman made a slow start, but the News & Times reported that after making 53 in two hours he took off his sweater and got down to business: "It was now a different Bradman altogether, and in 35 minutes after the interval, he hit as many runs as in the 105 minutes before."

He was out for 258, caught Martin, bowled Howarth.

29 April 1948: Bradman made 107 for Australia v Worcestershire at Worcester.

Bradman's last innings at New Road again attracted record crowds, with people queuing from 0600 GMT, and 14,000 filling New Road to bursting point.

The Worcester News & Times reported on the innings everyone had come to see:

"After Barnes' departure, Bradman, given a tumultuous welcome to the wicket, soon revealed all his old brilliance, and delighted the crowds with a century in two hours and 20 minutes. He looked well set for what would have been his forth double century on visits to Worcester, when he played a ball from Peter Jackson on to his wicket."




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