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Lintz Cricket Club

National Exposure



Lintz Cricket Club has been in the media a few times, either on television, radio or newspapers.

Below are the times Lintz Cricket Club has been featured. We are currently tracing our records to find others so, in time, more will be added.





On 12th November, 1999 the BBC on their main evening news programme broadcast a tribute to Lord Denning, who had died that day.

The report, by the BBC Legal Affairs Correspondent Joshua Rozenburg, featured an interview with our Chairman, Bob Jackson about the court case in which Lord Denning overturned a court case in Lintz Cricket Clubs’ favour.

We contacted the BBC for their permission to have a streaming version of the report on our website, which was turned down. We have therefore written a transcript of the report below. Still video shots will be uploaded in due course.

Michael Buerk (Newscaster): One of the most influential and outspoken legal figures of his time, Lord Denning, has died, a few weeks after his hundredth birthday. During nearly forty years as a judge, Lord Denning became known as ‘the champion of the common man’. He was often controversial, but he was wildly admired for his willingness to overturn old established legal traditions in the name of justice.

Joshua Rozenburg (Reporter): Lord Denning was the greatest law making judge of our century and perhaps the most controversial. His achievement was to shape the common law on England according to his own highly individual vision of society. It was in 1963 that Lord Denning became the one judge everybody had heard of, with his enquiry into the Profumo affair involving Christine Keeler - a model, and John Profumo, who was then a Government minister. Denning sat alone and in private, even sending out the lady shorthand writers because he thought some of the evidence was so disgusting. As Denning himself remarked, his report was a bestseller, more than 100,000 people bought copies. During his 20 years as Master of the Roles, Denning could choose his own cases. On most issues he had the last word but in seeking justice he considered himself a title to get round and rule of law that stood in his way. There was no need to wait for legislation.

Lord Denning (Library Interview): Parliament does it too late, it may take years and years before a statute can be passed to amend a bad law, and it doesn’t affect the actual individual. As far as the actual individual is concerned, the judge, if he has power, should do it and should make the law correspond with what the justice of the case requires.

Joshua Rozenburg (Reporter): But his willingness to overturn decided cases made for uncertainty in the law and although he saw himself as champion of the underdog, the ordinary citizen, the consumer, the deserted wife, he supported employers against trade unions, educational authorities against students and the Home Office against immigrants.

He once wrote ‘In Summer time, village cricket is the delight of everyone’. It was the opening sentence in a judgement in which he supported the Lintz Cricket Club in County Durham against the owners of newly built neighbouring houses who complained about sixes landing in their gardens. More than twenty years on, Lord Denning is remembered with affection.

Bob Jackson (Lintz CC Chairman, Interview): He came in on the Monday morning and within five minutes we felt that he was on our side. He had a strong feeling for the community and indeed village life in general.

Joshua Rozenburg (Reporter): The judgement was written in Lord Dennings unique pungent pro style. ‘They tend the ground well’, he wrote. ‘The outfield is kept short.’

Sir John Mortimer (Barrister & Author, Interview): There was a man, he lived in a house across a common and somebody tried to stop him walking across that common. As a post, politician nowadays end up with rambling sentences which they have no idea how they are going to get out of.

Joshua Rozenburg (Reporter): The remarks followed a riot trial in Bristol suggesting that some black people were unsuitable to sit on jurys led to an apology and his retirement. But his prejudices shouldn’t detract from someone whose life was devoted to justice.

Lord Irvine (Lord Chancellor, Interview): He was creative, imaginative, he was often ahead of the field, ahead of the game and what he said at the time appeared to be orthodox and then it became orthodoxy.

Michael Buerk (Newscaster): Lord Denning, who died today aged one hundred.






In 1992, Tyne Tees Television, based here in the North East of England, ran a series of 6 documentaries about Durham County Cricket Clubs’ new status as a First Class County.

Lintz Cricket Club were featured in the first 10 minutes of the first programme, and this is how we figured…

Narrator: The former mining village of Burnopfield. A small community yet is boasts two teams, Burnopfield itself and the Lintz Cricket Club. Today is the local derby and the rivalry goes back a long way.

Bob Jackson, Committee Member Durham CCC / Chairman Lintz CC, Interview: I understand that when the miners went back to the collieries next morning and they were known, the terminology was ‘marras’, when two men worked together and one could support Burnopfield and one could support Lintz, and I think next day the productivity was very small from the person who supported the team who had lost the night before.

Narrator: Tiny Burnopfield produced two England test players, Jim McConnen and the legendary Colin Milburn. Colin’s mother was a tea lady here for forty years.

Throughout the interviews with our Chairman and Colin’s mother, shots were shown of the Lintz Cricket Club with players from both sides. In time we hope to have some shots on this page.


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