Real life princess due to visit Elie’s beach cricket event

Beach cricket at the Ship Inn, Elie
Beach cricket at the Ship Inn, Elie
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Elie beach will play host to a unique and unusual sporting event next weekend.

The local ‘pub’ cricket team from the Ship Inn will take on an eleven from a sports club baring the name of English rugby legend Prince Alexander Sergeevich Obolensky.

The team from the Ship Inn are well used to the conditions as they plays on the sand on a regular basis from May to September each year.

But there is no doubt the highlight of this season will be the game against ‘Obolensky’s Heroes’ next Sunday when Princess Alexandra Obolensky, the princes niece, will attend and present a trophy to the winning team.

Prince Alexander Obolensky is a hero at Twickenham, and his playing career is remembered in the World Rugby Museum.

He is famous for scoring two memorable tries for England at Twickenham against the All Blacks on his international debut in 1936.

Aged just 19 at the time, his performance helped England to their first ever win against New Zealand.

Although born in Russia, he qualified to play for England after gaining British Citizenship in 1936. His family had set up home in London after they were forced to flee Russia following the revolution there in 1917.

Prince Obolensky died when his RAF Hurricane fighter crashed in 1940.