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In February, we marked the centenary of Colwyn Bay CC by publishing Mr. Wooller’s Legacy, a history of cricket in Colwyn Bay and Denbighshire by David Parry and Andrew Hignell. It explains how local builder Wilf Wooller, father of the Glamorgan captain, played a key role in the creation of the cricket ground as well as the popular seaside resort, and helped it become the venue for top-class cricket in North Wales and Glamorgan’s northern outpost for first-class cricket.
This book is now available only from the Museum of Welsh Cricket, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first of our annual publications is the Second Eleven Annual 2023, providing potted scores for the 2022 season and biographical details on the players. The ACS International Cricket Year Book 2023 is expected to be available later in the spring, and the Overseas First-Class Annual 2022, giving full scores of all 319 first-class matches played outside England and Wales in the 2021/22 and 2022 seasons, together with league tables and brief accounts of each country’s first-class season, is now in stock.
Departing editor Simon Sweetman’s 65th and final issue of The Cricket Statistician is now available, and we look forward to Jonathan Northall’s first journal in May!
In November, the ACS published two volumes in the Lives in Cricket series – Ray Smith: Man of Essex and Norman O’Neill: Battling Great Expectations.
Ray Smith scored more than 10,000 runs and 1,000 wickets for Essex in a career spanning 1934 to 1956; he also captained a British Empire XI raising funds for charities during the war.
Norman O’Neill made his debut for New South Wales in 1955/56, and was hailed by Wally Hammond as ‘the best batsman in the world since the Second World War’ – but comparisons to Bradman did not help him, and injuries ended his career when he was only 30.
Norman O’Neill is also available in a discounted package with Mark Rowe’s Young Bradman.
The tenth volume of our ‘Hard to Get’ series, providing scorecards of first-class matches difficult to obtain in print, covers three eventful seasons in Pakistan 1987/88 to 1989/90, during which over 200 matches were played.
During the summer, the ACS launched a new series on Cricket Tours, beginning with Keith Walmsley’s The ABC Tour: The South American tour to Britain in 1932, which tells the story of a team of cricketers from Argentina, Brazil and Chile who played six first-class matches in the UK 90 years ago.
Earlier this year, in A Game Emerging: Yorkshire cricket before the coming of the All England Eleven, Jeremy Lonsdale extended his acclaimed series on Yorkshire cricket back to the 1750s, as he examines how cricket spread in Yorkshire before the arrival of William Clarke’s All England Eleven in 1846 transformed the game . A Game Emerging is also available in a discounted package with A Game Taken Seriously, which covers Yorkshire cricket in the second half of the 19th century. You can listen to an interview with Jeremy about the book on YouTube.
Andrew Radd’s George Thompson: A Very Useful Man has proved a popular book in the Lives in Cricket series. It’s the story of a ‘copper-bottomed local-sporting hero’ who propelled Northamptonshire into the County Championship before the First World War.
The Minor Counties Championship 1895-1914 rounds off our series on the early ‘second-class’ competition by summarising the first 20 years of the Minor Counties Championship, and is also available in three discounted packages: Package A, with The Minor Counties Championship 1910, Package B, with The Minor Counties Championship 1911, or Package C, with both 1910 and 1911.
Discounts are still available on some recent Second Eleven Annuals, and on packages of Second Eleven Annuals for 2016 to 2019 and for 2016 to 2020; on Dorset Cricketers, Suffolk Cricketers, and a package combining both volumes; and on First-Class Cricket Matches 1952.
All books published in the last year which remain in stock appear under Latest Publications.
Some of our older publications are now being made available via Google Play, including four from the Cricket Witness series and 29 Lives in Cricket.
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