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Lionel Robinson: Cricket at Old Buckenham

Written by Stephen Musk

Lionel ‘Robby’ Robinson, Australian financier made good, settled at Old Buckenham Hall in the Norfolk countryside. There he hosted the 1912 South African tourists, the 1919 Australian Imperial Forces team, and most famously and intriguingly Warwick Armstrong’s 1921 Australians.

Former England captain Archie MacLaren ran Robinson’s cricket affairs. The ‘country house’ hospitality drew many of the notable players of the era, such as Michael Falcon, the subject of Lives in Cricket No.15. As in that book, Stephen Musk roots his story in Norfolk, and the wider world of cricket, and traces links to MacLaren’s famous win over the 1921 Australian tourists at Eastbourne.

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