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From 1 May to 31 July, we are offering a selection of 25 20 books at discounted prices (including postage and packing). Any of these titles which remain unsold in August will be disposed of

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Sri Lanka First-Class Matches 2005/06 and 2006

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Compiled by Philip Bailey

Full scores of every first-class match in Sri Lanka in 2005/06 and 2006.

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Zimbabwe First-Class Matches 1997/98-2005/06

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Compiled by Philip Bailey

Full scores of every first-class match in Zimbabwe from 1997/98 to 2005/06.

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Double Headers

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By Keith Walmsley

Double Headers throws light into one of cricket’s more intriguing, if inconsequential, corners by investigating the background of the two occasions in England when a county has played two first-class matches at the same time. It also identifies and explains the background to numerous other occasions from all around the cricketing world when teams ‘doubleheaded’, or even ‘triple-headed’, including over two dozen other instances in Britain, and even some instances in Test cricket.

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The Minor Counties Championship 1907

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Edited by Julian Lawton Smith

Full scorecards, seasonal averages and records and much more.

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Devon Cricketers 1859-2012

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Compiled by Tony Percival

This book contains biographical details and career figures for all Devon players to appear in the Minor Counties Championship, and in friendly matches played against other counties and major teams going back to 1859. The biographies also include sections on players who played only List A or Minor Counties Trophy matches.

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2013 First-Class Counties Second Eleven Annual

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Potted scores for all Second Eleven Championship, Trophy and Twenty20 matches played during 2012, plus player biographies, comprehensive averages and statistical highlights, details of major friendly games, and all grounds used during the season.

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Zimbabwe First-Class Matches 2006 and 2006/07

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Compiled by Philip Bailey

Full scores of every first-class match in Zimbabwe in 2006 and 2006/07.

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C.B.Llewellyn: A Study in Equivocation

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By Neil Jenkinson

As a cricketer Charles Llewellyn, often known as Buck, had two lives.

Born at Pietermaritzburg, then in the British-run Cape Colony, in 1876, he played in 15 Test matches for South Africa, some retrospectively designated. He moved to England in 1899 and was an allround regular for ten seasons at Hampshire, where his left-handed skills brought him nearly 9,000 first-class runs and over 700 wickets. His intermittent use of wrist-spin – learned from R.O.Schwarz – points to him as a pioneer of methods which have surfaced only occasionally in top-class cricket.

Careful with money, he had a difference of opinion over pay which led to him leaving Hampshire after the 1910 season. He then followed a secondary career as a well-liked professional for Accrington and in leagues in Bradford and Bolton until his early sixties.

He died at Egham in Surrey in 1964, following a gas explosion at his home, just when Basil D’Oliveira’s talents were becoming more widely known to the British public. Buck’s ’second life’ began when various historians realised that he, too, came from a mixed-race family, his mother having been born on the remote volcanic island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, where many occupants had been or were descended from African slaves. During his lifetime, most of his fellow players had simply thought of him as well-tanned and his children were sure he was of ‘white stock’.

Neil Jenkinson relates the complex story of a man now widely recognised as the first non-white player to represent South Africa in Test cricket.

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H.V.Hesketh-Prichard: Amazing Stories

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By Simon Sweetman

Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard. It turns out that this curious combination of names is a contrivance and so it attracts twenty-first century doubt. His Edwardian friends shortened it to Hex.

But there is little to doubt about his achievements. While still at school he was asked to play cricket for Scotland. Appearing in 86 first-class matches as a pastime, mostly for Hampshire, he secured 339 wickets at 22 with his fast bowling, though his batting drew comparisons with shovelling. He played country-house and weekend cricket with artistic and authorial cronies as well as some of the best amateur cricketers of the day.

Around his cricket he fitted in a remarkably diverse range of activities. Giving up life in a solicitor’s office, he had a ‘gap year’ in Spain and Portugal when these were distant countries, and went on to Morocco where he tried the local narcotic. His experiences set him on a lifetime of travelling. In Argentina he sought a giant sloth; in Haiti he discovered voodoo and found that ‘black ruled white’; in eastern Canada he visited the tundra and its migrating caribou.

He wrote up his travels for newspapers, magazines and academic journals and drew on his findings to write, with his mother, pulp fiction – serialised in the days before broadcast media – whose popularity rivalled the mighty Conan Doyle. His concerns triggered early conservation legislation. Twice decorated in the Great War, he did much to raise the effectiveness of Allied sniping to German standards.

Simon Sweetman traces a life from near penury in infancy, via the Channel Islands, the pre-independence Dublin social season and an unlikely marriage into the aristocracy, to its tragic end at 45.

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Bangladesh First-Class Matches 2006/07 and 2007

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Compiled by Philip Bailey

Full scores of every first-class match in Bangladesh in 2006/06 and 2007.

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Tom Richardson: A Bowler Pure and Simple

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By Keith Booth

Tom Richardson’s life began in a gypsy caravan and was ended by his own hand. So runs the popular mythology on the man who was probably the greatest fast bowler of his own generation and possibly of any. The research of Keith and Jennifer Booth has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that neither myth is true and casts new light on the circumstances of his death.

Although there have been a number of profiles and copious mentions of Richardson in cricket literature and his statistical achievements have been well documented, there has not until now been a full-scale biography.

Most sources mention his early – and indeed life-long – association with Mitcham Cricket Club. None refers to his significant involvement, after his marriage, with Surrey’s other main ‘feeder’ club, Thames Ditton.

Additionally, not so well known is the number of Richardson’s – albeit indirect – descendants who have played first-class cricket and distinguished themselves in other sporting areas.

His diary of the 1897-98 tour of Australia records a number of otherwise unreported opinions and his will provides some insight into the ‘domestic trouble’ hinted at by the press at the end of his life.

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Brief Candles: McMaster, Hyland and Other One-Match Wonders

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By Keith Walmsley

Nine thousand cricketers have played in just one first-class match, but for some their one appearance was more memorable than for others, for good reasons or otherwise.  In 1924, Fred Hyland spent less than ten minutes on the field of play before rain washed out the game. Poor Josiah Coulthurst didn’t even step on to the playing area in a damp Lancashire contest in 1919. Emile McMaster’s only match, in South Africa in 1889, was later awarded Test status. Bob Richards, playing for Essex at Leyton in 1970, didn’t learn till afterwards that his solitary appearance was a first-class game. Nobody can now be sure who was the Wilkinson who played a match at Oxford in 1939.

Some one-match wonders have achieved much in their brief days in front of the cricket-watching public, centuries even and ‘eight-fors’; others have gone on to exceptional achievements in fields sporting, political and military. Keith Walmsley reports on the ’struts’ and ‘frets’ of some players who appeared just once on the first-class stage and then were ‘heard no more’.

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Cricket's Historians

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By Peter Wynne-Thomas

This ground-breaking volume, produced by a man whose expertise in his field is unparalleled, traces how writers treated the history of cricket and its related ‘records’, from Britcher and Strutt in the late 18th century, through such pioneers as Haygarth and Ashley-Cooper to the present day.

Some 600 historians/statisticians are included, which gives an idea of the scope covered in these pages. The work encompasses the early national cricket annuals and, of course, gives a detailed account of how the various editors of Wisden moulded that famous Almanack to their tastes. Similarly there are extensive notes on the cricket magazines and the annuals produced by the first-class counties.

Annuals issued by the Test-playing countries, as well as their magazines, are discussed, together with their compilers, authors and editors.

Brief biographical sketches of many of the 600 authors mentioned are given. Much of this data has not appeared in print before. It covers at length the founding and development of the Cricket Society and the ACS, since both organisations have done so much to foster interest in the game’s statistics and history.

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First-Class Cricket Matches 1924

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Full scorecards for every first-class match played in the overseas 1923/24 season and the English 1924 season.

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ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2011

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Edited by John Bryant

The third edition of the Overseas First-Class Annual includes over 600 scorecards for all first-class matches throughout the world during the 2010/11 season, plus the 2010 season outside England and Wales.

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ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC Intercontinental Shield

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By Roy Morgan

The Intercontinental Cup is the first-class competition established by the International Cricket Council to provide cricketers from the leading Associate and Affiliate countries with experience of multi-day cricket.

Starting in 2004, with 12 countries organised into four regional groups, the competition has since evolved into an eight-country all-play-all contest.

Five tournaments involving 16 different countries had been played by December 2010. These, together with the short-lived Intercontinental Shield, comprise a body of some 101 international first-class matches. For the first time, the full scorecards of these matches are brought together in a single published volume. The scorecards have been corrected and updated and each card is accompanied by a match report describing the key features of the game. A comprehensive statistical section covers the tournament records, reviews of each country and the performances of every player in the competition. Short profiles are provided of all the players, on-field umpires and the grounds used. A brief introduction sets the context for the competition within the overall history of first-class cricket among the Associate and Affiliate countries. In the foreword, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat describes the importance of the competition in developing cricket beyond the Test-playing countries.

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Golden Mondays: The Story of Cricket's Bank Holiday Matches

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By John Shawcroft

Throughout the history of the County Championship – and certainly during its first 100 years – the Bank Holidays have been an important part of the competition’s calendar.

Indeed the significance of Whitsuntide is almost as old as the game itself and it appears in many of the early references. In the mid-19th century it was the favoured date for the showpiece matches between the All-England Eleven and the United All-England Eleven and, when Whit Monday and August Bank Holiday Monday were introduced as part of Sir John Lubbock’s Bank Holidays Act of 1871, which regulated public holidays, cricket soon recognised the possibilities.

The new holidays, coupled with the emerging Saturday half-day, were of massive social importance and their popularity was reflected in the huge attendances at some county matches.

By the time the Championship was officially recognised in 1890, the Bank Holidays had become cornerstones of the season. Traditional fixtures became virtually set in stone, with clashes between Nottinghamshire and Surrey, always at Trent Bridge over Whitsun and at The Oval in August, and Lancashire and Yorkshire sometimes producing quality only just below Test match standards. Elsewhere Kent met Hampshire, with Canterbury Week happily coinciding with August Bank Holiday, and Middlesex faced Sussex at Lord’s at Whit with the August return at Hove. Essex met Worcestershire, the Midlands enjoyed Derbyshire-Warwickshire and Leicestershire-Northamptonshire, and there was a West Country clash between Gloucestershire and Somerset. Glamorgan entertained the tourists and, lower in the pecking order, Durham,
still many years away from first-class status, played their neighbours, Northumberland.

Many of old traditions continued after the holiday dates changed in the 1960s, and even in today’s crowded fixture lists the Bank Holidays still have a role to play.

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Northumberland Cricketers 1867-2010

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Compiled by Tony Percival

This book contains brief biographical details and career records for all cricketers who have played for Northumberland, including full names, dates and places of birth, batting and bowling styles, plus other career information. It covers 27 significant matches before the formal establishment of a county club in 1881, and of course all Minor County matches up to 2010.

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First-Class Cricket Matches 1925

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Full scorecards for every first-class match played in the overseas 1924/25 season and the English 1925 season.

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2012 First-Class Counties Second Eleven Annual

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Potted scores for all Second Eleven Championship, Trophy and Twenty20 matches played during 2011, plus player biographies, comprehensive averages and statistical highlights, details of major friendly games, and all grounds used during the season.

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