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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

Written 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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George Raikes: ‘Muscular Christianity?’

By Stephen Musk

Stephen Musk, the author of two previous ‘Lives in Cricket’ (Michael Falcon and Lionel Robinson) has made it a trio of Norfolk-related biographies. As in his earlier books, Stephen shows his mastery of the sources to link the man to his age and to reveal a man of many parts: Raikes kept goal for Oxford University and England at football before becoming a vicar and an early googly bowler. In his cricket career, Raikes captained his county to two pre-1914 Minor County Championships.

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First-Class Matches: India 2003/04 and 2004/05

Edited by John Bryant

This is the second volume of a new series in which the ACS aims to publish first-class match scorecards that have until now been difficult or impossible to find in print.

In this volume, the series turns its attention to India: specifically, to the two seasons of 2003/04 and 2004/05, which immediately followed the demise of the Indian Cricket annual. The book contains a full scorecard for each of the 206 first-class matches played in India during these two seasons.

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2017 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 2016 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 2016 is once again provided, together with an A-Z index of players.

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ACS International Cricket Year Book 2017

Edited by Philip Bailey

The 32nd 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 2015/16 and 2016 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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The Minor Counties Championship 1911

Edited by Julian Lawton Smith

This is the latest issue in the well-regarded series on Minor County cricket during the late 19th and early 20th centuries which provides a wealth of information not readily available elsewhere. This volume contains full scorecards for every Minor County game staged in the 1911 season, together with end-of-season and career averages. Detailed statistical information is given on the players who took part in these matches and on the season as a whole, whilst there are also updates and amendments to previous books in the series.

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ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2016

Edited by John Bryant

The eighth 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 2015/16, together with matches played outside England and Wales in the 2016 season – over 500 scorecards in all. Also incorporating a brief narrative covering each ICC Full Member nation and final tables for the various domestic competitions, the Annual provides unique coverage of the contemporary first-class game.

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Lionel Palairet: Stylist ‘Par Excellence’

By Darren Senior

Lionel Palairet made 15,777 career runs and was the first great batsman for Somerset, for whom he scored all of his 27 first-class centuries. His father, five times archery champion of England, was instrumental in Somerset becoming a first-class county. Lionel was well educated and a stylish batsman. This book shows a private family man, well-respected and a good organiser; whose contributions particularly to cricket and golf have gone unnoticed.

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Brief Candles 2: More One-Match Wonders

By Keith Walmsley

This second volume of Brief Candles once again looks at the lives, in and out of cricket, of a batch of players who flickered only briefly on the first-class scene.

Most earn their inclusion because of an unusual achievement that they recorded during their brief careers at that level. So you can read here about the five cricketers who played an innings in the 90s in their debut game, and the five who shared in century partnerships on debut when batting at No. 11 – and yet none of them was ever picked again.

Others are included because of something that happened to them during their one and only first-class match – like the three cricketers who were no-balled for throwing on their debuts, whereupon they disappeared from the first-class game altogether.

Another two earn their appearance because of a pair of unhappy coincidences: though unrelated they shared the same unusual surname, and both met their deaths in the most tragic of circumstances.

And finally there’s the clergyman who played his only first-class match when just six months short of his 60th birthday.

Brief Candles 2 explores the lives of these and some others who deserve to be better remembered for their unusual, if very short, contributions to the history of the first-class game.

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The Summer Field: A History of English Cricket since 1840

By Mark Rowe

Cricket has come a long way since players could only travel on foot, or by horse or cart. Some things never change; someone has to bat, someone bowl, someone be captain; everyone has to learn. The game is nothing without cricketers; yet the men (or women) on the field are never the full story, as The Summer Field shows. It includes spectators, journalists, ground-keepers, coaches, umpires, selectors and tea ladies. Nor is it only the story of the greatest players, such as Sydney Barnes and Herbert Sutcliffe; we also meet Will Richards, the Nottingham school-teacher; his friend George Wakerley, the job-hunting club professional; and Freeman Barnardo, of Eton and Cambridge. This history of cricket since the coming of the railways seeks to answer questions, such as: what was it like to play cricket in the past? Who played it, and why did they? And why are the English so obsessed with Australia?

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