A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power


By Jeremy Lonsdale

The season of 1893 was a great turning point in the history of cricket in Yorkshire. Established three decades earlier, Yorkshire County Cricket Club won the County Championship that summer after years of mixed performances, disappointments and division. So began several generations of sporting success, stretching to the late 1960s. The book examines how people in all parts of Yorkshire embraced cricket, and in many different ways provided the energy and enthusiasm to create a powerful sporting force. Whether setting up or funding clubs, playing and watching the game, or nurturing young talent, thousands contributed to making cricket popular throughout the county. Based on extensive research, this book is the story of how, in Yorkshire, cricket became A Game Taken Seriously.

The first volume in Jeremy Lonsdale’s Yorkshire trilogy, it is also currently available in a discounted package with the third book, A Game Divided: Triumphs and troubles in Yorkshire cricket in the 1920s, published in November 2020. The second volume, A Game Sustained, has now sold out.