The ARP wardens challenge the Home Guard to a cricket match.




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E.C Egan (as Freddie Trueman)


When the Home Guard platoon is challenged to a cricket match by the air wardens, Mainwaring appoints himself captain and gives the usual inept lecture to his team. They can only hope to make up, in effort, what they presumably lack in everything else, even uniform dress. Hodges, however, signs up as 'warden' - his secret weapon: star player Ernie C. Egan. The vicar and his unsympathetic verger prove unexperienced umpires. Oblivious of most men's obvious physical limitations, Mainwaring's 'brave' approach runs into a record disaster score. However Ernie strains his arm, so the wardens are a man down and the score starts equaling up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Captain Mainwaring refers to the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk in the past tense, meaning this installment occurs after Operation Dynamo took place over May 26th-June 4th 1940. See more »


The outdoor scenes were patently filmed out of order; apart from the weather and the light, the most obvious giveaway is the inconsistent amount of branch and leaf debris throughout the game. See more »


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Music by Ross Parker & Harry Parr Davies
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
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2 August 2013 | by (Walmington On Sea) – See all my reviews

The ARP challenge the Home Guard to a game of cricket. Always up for a challenge, Mainwaring duly obliges. After some practise in the nets, the Home Guard seem all set to go, but when Hodges manages to get EC Egan (Freddie Trueman), a man who could have played for England had the war not started, a Home Guard victory seems in jeopardy.

A top class episode by a time 'Dad's Army' was reaching top form, all the characters by this point were excellently established and the scripts were peppered by first class lines. Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier were proving to be a top class partnership by this point. On telling Wilson he needs a haircut, Mainwaring dryly tells Wilson 'you're not a violin player you know'. Likewise Wilson asks Mainwaring will Mrs Mainwaring be coming to the cricket match. 'Not really, she's not really one for outdoor sports', 'More the indoor type?' 'No, I wouldn't really say that either'. In the end the Home Guard win the match thanks to an unlikely six by the ageing Godfrey.

I am really into my cricket at the minute due to The Ashes. I was at Old Trafford yesterday watching the first day of the third test. A most excellent day out, great sportsmanship and banter by all in the crowd, the kind of thing you just don't get at the scores of football matches I go to.

Playing EC Egan was England cricket legend 'Fiery' Fred Trueman. In fact, 1970 was his second appearance in a British sitcom, he also bowled against Sid James in Fletchley in the final instalment of the massively under-rated 'Two in Clover'.

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