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This new series aims to explore a number of important themes in cricket history, largely through primary and secondary sources

Cricket Witness

Women at the Wicket: A History of Women’s Cricket in Interwar England

Written by Adam McKie

Foreword by Alison Mitchell

As the golden age of men’s cricket came crashing to an end during the summer of 1914, it unexpectedly marked the beginning of women’s mass adoption of the national game. Women eagerly responded to the country’s wartime plea for help, but as they entered the factories, depots and factories of England, few anticipated they would also enter the cricket field. From a handful of wealthy, country-house teams before the war, by 1939 the sport had been transformed. International tours, first-class county venues, crowds in their thousands, and a substantial rise in playing numbers: women’s cricket became a permanent and widespread feature of the English summer. But their physical liberation was not without liberation, and accusations of being ‘unsexed’, uncivilised and manly doggedly pursued the sport. Just as players began to earn the respect and admiration of the public, the Second World War intervened, and women’s cricket became another casualty of the conflict.

The fourth volume in the Cricket Witness series, this book is the first in-depth study of the formative years of the game, and places the sport within broader changes in women’s education, employment, and civil rights, and argues cricket was a new setting for women’s emancipation after achieving electoral equality in 1928.

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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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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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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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