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Sunday, March 13, 2011

THE BOMBAY CAMP CRICKET GROUND





The Bombay Camp was the name of the Cricket grounds in Oorgaum KGF.

This Cricket Ground was just behind the First Grade College and close to the Oorgaum Dairy. Cricket was said to have originated in KGF as early as the 1880s when the John Taylor and Sons Company commenced mining operations here. KGF was said to have produced a number of eminent cricketers such as Ren Nailor and John Snaize in the 1940s. Ren Nailor played for the Madras Presidency in those days. Another famous cricketer from KGF was Suri Gopalakrishna who was born in the 1940s and later played for Bihar and Kerala. Bombay Camp has some important history behind it as well. It was actually an improvised airfield during the Second World War and was known as the Kolar Gold Fields Air field. The 1673 Heavy Conversion Unit was stationed here at this airfield

This is an excerpt from my book KOLAR GOLD FIELDS DOWN MEMORY LANE - Paeans to Lost Glory. Lots more information about the Bombay Camp Cricket Grounds in my book.

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