Ivo Dawnay

How cricket came to Corfu

The spontaneous match that started a 200-year relationship

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The Corfu Garrison cricket match in 1823 [Alamy]

If you are ever at one of those dinner parties where the company is competing to slag off the iniquities of the British Empire, counter with the two words: ‘Corfu’ and ‘cricket’.

Although never an actual colony (but rather a British protectorate), Corfu and the Corfiots are that rare thing – unashamedly Anglophile.

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