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, 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.

This second volume in Jeremy Lonsdale’s Yorkshire trilogy is also currently available in two discounted packages: Package B also includes the third book, A Game Divided: Triumphs and troubles in Yorkshire cricket in the 1920s, which was published in November 2020, and Package C comprises all three: A Game Taken Seriously, A Game Sustained and A Game Divided.