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A Game Taken Seriously, A Game Sustained and A Game Divided

by Jeremy Lonsdale

The first volume of Jeremy Lonsdale’s trilogy on Yorkshire cricket, A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power, explains how the season of 1893 became a turning point in the history of Yorkshire cricket as the county won their first Championship after years of mixed performances. The book examines how people in all parts of Yorkshire embraced cricket and provided the energy and enthusiasm to create a powerful sporting force: whether setting up clubs, playing and watching the game, or nurturing young

The second volume, A Game Sustained: The Impact of the First World War on cricket in Yorkshire 1914-20, begins with the ethical dilemma facing sports lovers in 1914. Was it right to play sport in public, while other men fought for their country? 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 first post-war County Championship in 1919.

The third volume, A Game Divided: Triumphs and troubles in Yorkshire cricket in the 1920s, covers the decade when Yorkshire became one of the most successful sides in the history of the English county game – but also found themselves unpopular and the subject of trenchant criticism. Taking as its starting point the match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Sheffield in 1924, which provoked a falling-out between the counties, the book shines a light on many of the divisions in English cricket of the time – between north and south, amateur and professional, employer and employee, and between different perspectives on sportsmanship and the style in which the game should be played.