Chap Cricket Jumpers Get Seal of Approval
“Sported by cricketers on the field for over one hundred years and the sartorially discerning off the field since the 1920s, the Chap cricket jumper, traditionally made in England by hand and finished to an impeccable standard, is amongst the finest examples of such a garment one could hope to find.
The jumper is instantly recognisable as the sort of attire Len Hutton and Denis Compton would have worn on the field of play during their careers. It is the jumper England wore, proudly embroidered with a crown and three lions for the first time in 1948, when comprehensively defeated during the Ashes series that summer by Don Bradman’s “Invincibles”, and the same construction as that worn in 1981 during Botham’s Ashes, the finest hour from England’s greatest all-rounder.
Once again this year, the cable knit jumper forms part of the official kit of England, who are returning to a “proper” jumper after a nine-year hiatus. This is the style of jumper worn by both the 2016 County Cricket Champions, Middlesex, during their undefeated season and that of Bertie Wooster when playing against Worborough Green, both of whose colours are available from Kit & Kaboodle.
“Play up, play up and play the game” reads the bas-relief inscription at Lord’s cricket ground in St. John’s Wood and one could look no finer on the village green or watching play at Lord’s than by sporting garments such as these. I would personally conclude that you could find no better example of the traditional 100% wool hand-made cable-stitched cricket jumper than that sold in Kit & Kaboodle. ”
You heard it here first. Matthew Howard has been wearing cricket jumpers for the last 25 years and is an historian on cricket clothing. The photograph was taken at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The cricket jumpers are available from www.kit-kaboodle.uk