Event 412

Hay Festival 2024 – All-Stars Cricket Match

 – Hay-on-Wye Cricket Ground, Brecon Road

Howzat? For the first time in Hay Festival Global history, the thwack of leather against willow replaces debate. Actor and author Stephen Fry puts down his pen to umpire the inaugural cricket match between a Hay Festival All-Star team and the local Hay Town team.

The Authors Cricket Team has a 100-year history with the likes of PG Wodehouse, AA Milne and Arthur Conan Doyle playing.. More recently, they’ve played against IPL players, the Vatican and the national teams of Japan and Iceland. Now Hay Festival Global is teaming up with The Authors to put out a side of writers and actors, with the odd professional cricketer filling in…

You can decide whether authors Adam Rutherford, Robert Macfarlane and Charlie Campbell’s batting is better than their writing, whether comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Carrie Quinlan’s bowling beats their jokes and whether musician and actor Johnny Flynn’s catching out-performs his acting. Joined by two professional cricketers – Claire Taylor and Azeem Rafiq – the Hay Festival All-Stars will battle it out against the mighty Hay Town team captained by John Sly.

Who will come out on top?

Please note there is no seating available - If bad weather prevents play, we will inform you via email.
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