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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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John Jackson: The Nottinghamshire Foghorn

Written by Gerald Hudd

John Jackson was noticed at an early age by William Clarke after moving from his native Suffolk to Wellow in Nottinghamshire. He soon became an integral part of
the Nottinghamshire and All-England Elevens. Bowling fast round-arm – his pace was described as ‘fearful’ – he took wickets by the dozen all over the country as well as on tours of North America in 1859 and Australia and New Zealand in 1863/64.

Injury brought his career to a gradual close during the late 1860s. Having no qualifications of any kind, Jackson had nothing to fall back on after his playing
days had finished. The once great fast bowler ended his days in a Liverpool workhouse in 1901.

Gerald Hudd charts the life of this great bowler who in a later era would undoubtedly have had a highly successful career in Test cricket and who might have had a more dignified old age.

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First-Class Matches: Australia 2005/06 and 2006/07, South African Airways Provincial Challenge 2006/07

Edited by John Bryant

For the overwhelming majority of first-class matches, printed scorecards are available in a range of sources. But there are a number of gaps in the record, a point highlighted by several ACS members in their responses to last year’s survey.

This is the first volume in a series in which the ACS will plug these gaps.

It covers the two Australian seasons (2005/06 and 2006/07) that elapsed between the demise of Wisden Australia and the publication of all overseas scores by the ACS (from 2007/08 onwards). It also includes scorecards for the South African Airways Provincial Challenge 2006/07, which likewise have never previously appeared in book form.

Members’ free book for 2016.

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