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The Cricket Statistician No. 181: Spring 2018

A guide to cricket in Baily’s Magazine (part 6) – Richard Lawrence

William Blackburne (part 2) – Michael Pulford

Modern batsmen – Chris Overson

300 runs in a match – Roger Long

Cricket in London society in the 17th century – Aidan Haile

In defence of Bruce Harris – Mark Rowe

Early FA Cup finals at The Oval: no pictures? – Philip Paine

Most in a month: the final story – Keith Walmsley

Paul Henry Foley (part 1) – Andrew Thomas

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First-Class Matches: Pakistan 1975/76 to 1979/80

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Edited by John Bryant

This is the fourth publication in an ACS series that covers first-class scorecards not previously available in book form. With this volume, the series turns its attention to a particularly ill-documented period of the history of cricket in Pakistan.

It contains a full scorecard for each of the 266 first-class matches that took place during the five seasons 1975/76 to 1979/80, together with a brief narrative introducing each season’s cricket.

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ACS International Cricket Year Book 2018

Edited by Philip Bailey

The 33rd edition of the Year Book provides detailed information about every current player worldwide, listing all those who appeared in any First-Class, List A Limited-Overs or Twenty20 match in the 2016/17 and 2017 seasons. Women taking part in international matches are also included. Each player has an entry giving their biographical details as well as their full career records, plus statistics for the past season in every major form of the game in which they competed.

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2018 First-Class Counties Second Eleven Annual

Edited by Howard Clayton

This ever-popular book is a collation of potted scores for all of the Second Eleven Championship, Trophy and Twenty20 matches which were played during the 2017 season, plus player biographies, comprehensive averages and statistical highlights, as well as details of the major friendly games played by each Second Eleven. It remains a unique source of information about emerging county players and others who are still to break through into the first-class game. A detailed listing of all the grounds used in 2017 is once again provided, together with an A-Z index of players.

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The Daffodil Blooms: The glorious rise of Glamorgan CCC to County Champions in 1948

Written by Brian Halford & Andrew Hignell

The third book in the Cricket Witness series is a celebration of Glamorgan winning the 1948 County Championship. Not only was it their first-ever title, it was achieved just four years after the heartbreak of losing their inspirational captain, Maurice Turnbull, who was killed shortly after the Normandy invasion whilst serving King and Country. Maurice had steered the county through a series of difficult seasons when defeats were more common than success, and the committee was regularly contemplating a return to Minor County status.

Elevated into first-class cricket in 1921, Glamorgan CCC were the Cinderella of the county game, with opponents travelling to South Wales only booking two nights’ accommodation instead of the normal three, given the Welsh county’s dreadful form. As defeat followed defeat during their first two decades, Glamorgan’s selection committee often found it difficult to raise a strong team, as talented amateurs declined invitations to play, and, in 1922, they had to draft in a virtually unknown 15-year-old schoolboy for what proved to be his one and only county game.

There were also calls for the debt-ridden club to wind up but, to the delight of their loyal band of supporters, they continued, and in 1948 Wilf Wooller, the former Welsh rugby international, led the county to the Championship title.

Like other volumes in the series, this rags-to-riches tale is recounted with the use of contemporary quotes and extracts from the memoirs of the players themselves. This book is also lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished images to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the club’s first Championship-winning season and a special moment in Welsh sporting history.

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The Cricket Statistician No. 180: Winter 2017

A guide to cricket in Baily’s Magazine (part 5) – Richard Lawrence

ICC Classification of Official Cricket – David Kendix

John Joy: local hero (part 1) – Aidan Haile

More on Jim Westray – David Frith

Skinner revealed – Keith Walmsley

Overseas Test players educated in the UK – Philip Defriez

Hit wicket – Jim Higgs

One day in Mr Warren’s paddock – George Thomas

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The Cricket Statistician No. 179: Autumn 2017

The diary of Thomas Marchant (part 1) – Aidan Haile

Slowest Ashes centuries – Jim Gibb

The other O’Reilly – David Frith

Gerald Smithson in 1947 (part 2) – Michael Pulford

A guide to cricket in Baily’s Magazine (part 4) – Richard Lawrence

Mosts in a calendar month – Keith Walmsley

Fresh light on the Duke of Dorset – Timonthy J. McCann

Cricketer and bank robber – John Pullin

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The Cricket Statistician No. 178: Summer 2017

Minutes of the 2017 AGM

England v Australia: the fastest Test centuries – Jim Gibb

The foundation of the Hambledon Club (part 1) – Ian Maun

The secret love of the draw – Bernard Whimpress

Gerald Smithson in 1947: a quite remarkable summer (part 1) – Michael Pulford

A guide to cricket in Baily’s Magazine (part 3) – Richard Lawrence

Almost as fast as Tyson: memories of David Sayer – Derek Barnard

Maurice Leyland: the Harrogate years – Mark Rowe

England’s Test captains and their counties – Paul Dyson

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All Ten: The Ultimate Bowling Feat

Written by Chris Overson

For a bowler, taking all ten wickets in an innings is the ultimate statistical feat. It is also a very rare one: in nearly 60,000 first-class matches it has been achieved only 81 times.

All Ten chronicles each of them, from Edmund Hinkly’s at Lord’s in 1848 to Zulfiqar Babar’s at Multan 161 years later, with match descriptions, scorecards and much more besides.

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Cricket and Cannons: Witness of the Game during the Crimean Campaign

Written by David Shimwell

The second book in the Cricket Witness series covers the playing of cricket during the Crimean War, looking at games which took place in Malta as the troops assembled, in camps in the Ottoman Empire as the troops were in transit to the Crimea, and during the engagements, the battles and siege of Sevastopol.

This book, deftly combining military and cricket history, provides a fascinating and original insight into cricket taking place in the mid-Victorian era.

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ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2017

Edited by John Bryant

The ninth edition of the ACS Overseas First-Class Annual maintains the Association’s commitment to ensuring that all first-class scorecards are available in print. It contains full scores of all matches played throughout the world in 2016/17, together with matches played outside England and Wales in the 2017 season – over 600 scorecards in all. Also incorporating a brief narrative covering each ICC Full Member nation and final tables for the various domestic competitions – including, for the first time, the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship – the Annual provides unique coverage of the contemporary first-class game.

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First-Class Matches: India 2005/06 and 2006/07

Edited by John Bryant

This is the third publication in a series, undertaken by the ACS in response to comments from members, which covers first-class scorecards not previously available in book form.

This volume contains a full scorecard for each of the 195 first-class matches that took place during the Indian seasons 2005/06 and 2006/07, together with a brief narrative and the Ranji and Duleep Trophy tables for each season.

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Class Peace: An Analysis of Social Status and English Cricket 1846-1962

Written by Eric Midwinter

This is the first title in the Association’s new series, Cricket Witness.

Eric Midwinter’s volume explores a number of fascinating themes in cricket history around the social status of those who played the game. As readers of this scholarly work will appreciate, in cricket, as in society at large, there was ‘class peace’ rather than class war.

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Maurice Leyland

By Mike Popplewell

Maurice Leyland was a pillar of powerful Yorkshire and England sides between the world wars. The left-handed batsman’s nine centuries in 41 Tests included 187 at The Oval in 1938, when he shared a second-wicket partnership of 382 with Len Hutton, still an England record. The Bodyline tourist was also, as one team-mate said in a tribute on his death, ‘such a good man’; does that explain why this is the first biography of him?

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Dorset Cricketers

Compiled by Tony Percival

The latest book in the ACS series on Minor Counties cricketers contains biographical details and career figures for the players who have appeared for Dorset, including those who played before the county entered the Minor Counties Championship in 1902.

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A Guide to the Memorials of Cricketers

By Michael Ronayne

Famous cricketers and cricket people are commemorated in many ways – gravestones, plaques, benches, road names, gates, books of remembrance, stands and cricket grounds. This guidebook contains all the information needed to plan a visit to the memorial of a favourite cricketing personality, including satellite navigation details, directions and the exact location of the site. With colour photographs and brief descriptions, it contains details of memorials to almost 400 of the major players and personalities in the world of English cricket. Compiled over many years of research by Michael Ronayne, it is also a memorial in itself as the author sadly died after a short illness having just completed the final manuscript. The book is therefore a fitting tribute to his meticulous efforts.

Cricket Memorials is this year’s free book for ACS members; if you are a member and place an order, we will assume that you want an extra copy.

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First-Class Cricket Matches 1952

Edited by Philip Bailey

The latest book in the ACS Green scores series provides the full scorecards of all first-class matches played worldwide in the 1951/52 and 1952 seasons including details of close-of-play scores, toss and second-innings batting and bowling orders.

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Brian Sellers: Yorkshire Tyrant

By Mark Rowe

Brian Sellers, the ‘most successful county captain of all time’ (Wisden 1940) led a great Yorkshire team: among those who played under him were Herbert Sutcliffe, Bill Bowes, Hedley Verity and later Leonard Hutton. Having established his authority, he urged his men to win matches. That led to six Championships in eight seasons to 1939, and the first post-war Championship in 1946. Sellers went on to serve in Yorkshire and MCC administration and helped make decisions – Yorkshire’s sacking of Johnny Wardle in 1958, the start of one-day county cricket in 1963. Did he turn dangerously tyrannical? The outcry after the sacking of Brian Close in 1970 – and the equally fateful choice of Geoffrey Boycott as captain – suggested he did. Sellers, feared and foul-mouthed, gave his life to Yorkshire cricket, and his body to Leeds Medical School.

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A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power

By Jeremy Lonsdale

The season of 1893 was a great turning point in the history of cricket in Yorkshire. Established three decades earlier, Yorkshire County Cricket Club won the County Championship that summer after years of mixed performances, disappointments and division. So began several generations of sporting success, stretching to the late 1960s. The book examines how people in all parts of Yorkshire embraced cricket, and in many different ways provided the energy and enthusiasm to create a powerful sporting force. Whether setting up or funding clubs, playing and watching the game, or nurturing young talent, thousands contributed to making cricket popular throughout the county. Based on extensive research, this book is the story of how, in Yorkshire, cricket truly became A Game Taken Seriously.

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