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In The Cricket Professionals of Oxford, Michael Stimpson tells the stories of professional cricketers from the Oxford area over the last 200 years. These include underarm bowler Peter Bancalari in the 1820s, fiery roundarm bowler David Burrin in the 1850s, and fast man ‘Brusher’ Rogers at the end of the Victorian era; between the wars, George Brown and Johnny Arnold batted for England, and more recently Jack Brooks was a championship winner with Yorkshire.
The Second Eleven Annual provides potted scores for all Second Eleven Championship and Twenty20 matches in 2023, with comprehensive averages, players’ biographies and statistical highlights, a detailed listing of grounds used, plus the fixtures for 2024. It remains a unique source of information about emerging county players and others who are still to break through into the first-class game.
The 15th edition of the ACS Overseas First-Class Annual contains full scores of every first-class match worldwide in 2022/23 – 551 scorecards in total. It also includes brief narratives for each country’s first-class season, together with league tables for the various tournaments.
The latest issue of The Cricket Statistician, edited by Jonathan Northall, is sent to members in their quarterly mailings, but extra copies and previous issues are available in the shop.
In Outside the Tent, Stephen Musk analyses how Australian cricketers of the 20th century rebelled against the yoke of the Board of Control by taking part in unofficial international tours, or by forsaking Australia to take up careers as professionals in England – and draws attention to some unjustly forgotten tours to North America, India and South Africa, in the third book in our series on Cricket Tours.
The eleventh volume of our ‘Hard to Get’ series, providing scorecards of first-class matches difficult to obtain in print, covers three seasons in Pakistan 2004/05 to 2006/07, during which 245 matches were played. A few spare copies of the tenth volume, Pakistan 1987/88 to 1989/90, are still available.
In Best of Enemies, published in August, John Shawcroft explores the keen cricketing rivalry between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – whose contests in the 1930s, when both vied for the County Championship, sometimes eclipsed even the Roses matches – as well as that of their football cousins, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
A few extra copies of Mr. Wooller’s Legacy: A history of cricket at Colwyn Bay and in Denbighshire, which sold out last year, have now become available.
In May, the ACS completed its series covering grounds in all 18 first-class counties with the long-awaited publication of Cricket Grounds of Sussex (now sold out) and of Cricket Grounds of Northamptonshire. Written by local expert Andrew Radd, this investigates the history of all Northamptonshire’s first-class grounds – and some ‘home’ grounds outside the county boundaries as well. Grounds used for List A and Second XI cricket are not forgotten, and there are detailed records sections for all the main grounds.
The ACS International Cricket Year Book 2023 provides detailed information about every current player worldwide, listing all men who appeared in any First-Class, List A Limited-Overs or Twenty20 match in the 2021/22 and 2022 seasons, as well as women taking part in international matches.
In the second book in our new series on Cricket Tours, No Picnic: The historic first MCC tour of India and Ceylon 1926/27, Jeremy Lonsdale tells the story of a naively-planned and gruelling tour led by Arthur Gilligan. Though MCC were unbeaten in 34 matches, much local pride was generated by Indian cricketers, including a record-breaking innings by CK Nayudu. (This book is no longer available from the shop but can be ordered directly from the author.)
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.
In Horace Snary, from our Lives in Cricket series, Jonathan Farmer explains how Snary overcame the damage to his lungs from severe gassing during the First World War to form an important part of Leicestershire’s bowling attack: during the 20th century, no regular bowler in English first-class cricket gave away less than his miserly 1.72 runs per over. (This book is no longer available from the shop but can be ordered directly from the author.)
Our sales offers include The Minor Counties Championship 1895-1914, which rounded off our series on the early ‘second-class’ competition by summarising the first 20 years of the Minor Counties Championship. There are also discounts on A Tall Story, the life of Nigel Plews, Cricket’s Four Epochs, Eric Midwinter’s examination of how cricket reflects civil society, and the Yorkshire history package mentioned above.
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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