A Game Sustained: The impact of the First World War on cricket in Yorkshire 1914-20


By Jeremy Lonsdale
After war began in 1914 sports lovers faced an ethical dilemma. Was it right to play sport in public, while other men fought for their country? After his well-received history of Yorkshire cricket to 1893, A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power (ACS 2017), Jeremy Lonsdale charts how the county’s cricket people agonised and argued. Despite practical strains, the game went on, and Yorkshire leagues saw such greats as Jack Hobbs, Frank Woolley and Sydney Barnes. When peace came, cricket resumed its place in national life – and Yorkshire duly won the 1919, first post-war, County Championship.