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Cricketers pose for a snap at Ambergate Cricket Club – but why do they have shovels in their hands and for what reason was this picture taken?

One of our former photographers has scribbled “foot sod turns” on the back of the print but what can that mean? Are they extending the pitch, clearing up some wasteland, digging the foundations for a new clubhouse or is it some bizarre local tradition that we captured on film?