And God Created Cricket

And God Created Cricket

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Author: Simon Hughes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446422472

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 464

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Cricket defines Englishness like no other national pastime. From its earliest origins in the sixteenth century (or an early version played by shepherds called creag in the 1300s), through the formation of the MCC and the opening of Lord's cricket ground in 1787, to the spread of county cricket in the next century, when the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack was first published and the Ashes series was born, this simple sport of bat and ball has captured the imagination of the masses. Throughout its 500-year history, cricket has been a mirror for society as a whole, reflecting the changes that have brought us from the quintessential village green to Freddie Flintoff's pedalo, from W G Grace to Monty Panesar, via a fair number of eccentrics, heroes and downright villains. William Hill Award-winning writer Simon Hughes, no mean player himself, has lived and breathed cricket his whole life and now takes his analytical skills and typically irreverent eye to charting the history of English cricket. But this is no dry, dusty tome. It is the story of the mad characters who inhabit the game, the extraordinary lengths people will go to to watch and play it, the tale of a national obsession. It debunks the myth of cricket sportsmanship, showing the origins of sledging and match-fixing in centuries of subterfuge, corruption and violence. And it takes us beyond sport, to the heart of what it really means to be English.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Cricketing Lives

Cricketing Lives

John Lichfield, 'French hamlet claims to be site of the first recorded 5 cricket match', www.independent.co.uk, 30 August 2015. 'Even Chaucer had a word for it', www.telegraph.co.uk, 5 September 6 7 2003; Simon Hughes, And God Created ...

Author: Richard H. Thomas

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789143720

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

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Cricket is defined by the characters who have played it, watched it, reported it, ruled upon it, ruined it, and rejoiced in it. Humorous and deeply affectionate, Cricketing Lives tells the story of the world’s greatest and most incomprehensible game through those who have shaped it, from the rustic contests of eighteenth-century England to the spectacle of the Indian Premier League. It’s about W. G. Grace and his eye for a pound; Charles Burgess Fry and his flirtation with Albania; the invincible Viv Richards; and Sarah Taylor, “the best wicketkeeper in the world . . . male or female.” Paying homage, too, to the game’s great writers, Richard Thomas steers a course through the despair of war, tactical controversies, and internecine politics to reveal how cricket has always stormed back to warm our hearts like nothing else can.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

World According To Nigel Farage

World According To Nigel Farage

God's. Own. Game. 'I. don't Every like time cricket, I I love it.' hear 10cc's 'Dreadlock Holiday' I find myself singing along, nodding in agreement ... Creation. of. Cricket. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2.

Author: Mark Leigh

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781784186258

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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My Guide to Patriotism, Britishness and Other Stuff.Do you go into fits of absolute apoplexy when you hear the words Eurozone, Climate Change and Foreign Aid? Do the words savoir-faire, zeitgeist and polski sklep make you feel uncomfortable and apprehensive? Do you take great comfort in familiarity and find yourself saying, 'Back in my day...', 'I remember when...' and 'Call that art?' Congratulations - you're just like me!I don't just mean a thoroughly decent bloke, but also someone who's happy to speak his mind and call a spade a spade - and doesn't give a tuppenny toss whom he upsets.Within these pages you'll find my thoughts and views on a wide range of subjects, all unapologetically based on prejudice, irrationality and political incorrectness, including:Why global warming is just a load of liberal hot airThe Metric System: Satan's measurementsWhy don't the Chattering Classes just shut their gobs? 25 reasons why it's good to smokeCitizenship Test: UKIP styleThe European UnionThree words that carry the exact same appeal as 'Starring Hugh Grant' This book is as much about what puts the Great in Great Britain as is it is about what's wrong with foreigners and foreign policy - and how I'll make it right.A parody by Mark Leigh
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Cricket Ball

Cricket Ball

Hughes, Simon, And God Created Cricket: An Irreverent History of the Greatest Game on Earth (London: Black Swan, Random House, 2010). Hume, David, A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ...

Author: Gary Cox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350014572

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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No object encapsulates the subtle, mysterious richness of cricket as much as its most famous character, the cricket ball: the swinging, bouncing, spinning heart of the glorious game. Gary Cox tells us the life story of the ball in its many guises: new ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball and dot ball. He untangles the complexities of spin bowling (with a little help from Shane Warne), the tricks and cheats involved in ball tampering (including a look at the 2018 Australian scandal) and explores the multi-coloured future of a rapidly changing game. A kaleidoscopic look at the ball through the lenses of everything from philosophy and science to history, politics and biography and the myriad facts and figures of the vast cricket universe, Cox brings you a brimming biography of this legendary leathern orb and the heroes, fools and villains it has created along the way.
Categories: Philosophy

The Cricket Pocket Bible

The Cricket Pocket Bible

And God Created Cricket by Simon Hughes 10. Many a Slip by Gideon Haigh 11. Bedside Cricket by Christopher Martin-Jenkins Wisden – the bible of cricket The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack was first published in 1864, by legendary former ...

Author: Greg Vaughan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781907087653

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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The perfect gift for every cricket fan When was the first Ashes held? Who holds the highest individual Test runs score? And what exactly is a silly mid-off? Find the answer to all these and more inside The Cricket Pocket Bible, a pocket compendium of cricketing trivia and titbits about one of the world's most popular sports. Inside, debate the teams and the triumphs, defend the clubs and the competitions and discover how the quintessentially 'English' game of cricket became so popular in places as far afield as Australia, India and the West Indies. You’ll also find practical information in The Cricket Pocket Bible - like the rules of playing cricket, how to kit yourself out in cricket gear, how to explain all the cricketing fielding positions and even how to bowl a googly. This pocket guide will take you through all the highlights of cricket, from the longest Test Match to the most unusual cricket match locations. Find out about memorable cricket World Cup moments, the history of the game, as well as the origin of the name and facts about famous cricket players from Brian Lara and Ian Botham to Freddie Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. Inside The Cricket Pocket Bible you’ll also find out about cricket etiquette, different forms of cricket around the world, how cricket has evolved with advances in technology and information on famous locations such as Lord’s Cricket Ground – home to the world’s oldest sporting museum. Whether you're a seasoned supporter like Mick Jagger or a recent cricket convert, The Cricket Pocket Bible is guaranteed to educate, enlighten and entertain every lover of the world-renowned game. So whether you’re already an avid cricket fan or simply enjoy watching an afternoon’s cricket at The Oval, Trent Bridge or Edgbaston, if you want to get all the essential information about cricket - from cricket players and cricket grounds to umpires and cricketing records - sit back with The Cricket Pocket Bible today. It won’t have you stumped. 'I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth' Harold Pinter 'At its best, cricket is the most wonderful entertainment in the world' Michael Parkinson 'A cricketer's life is a life of splendid freedom, healthy effort, endless variety, and delightful good fellowship.' W.G. Grace 'It doesn't matter how pretty you look, it's how many runs you get' Steve Waugh This beautiful hardback edition has both dust-cover and gold embossing on the spine making it the perfect gift. Every Pocket Bible is lovingly crafted to give you a unique mix of useful references, handy tips and fascinating trivia that will enlighten and entertain you at every page. There is a Pocket Bible for everyone... Other titles in the series: The Rugby Pocket Bible, The Football pocket Bible, The Camping Pocket Bible, The DIY Pocket Bible and The Christmas Pocket Bible.
Categories: Reference

The Cricketer Anthology of the Ashes

The Cricketer Anthology of the Ashes

He wrote the award-winning A Lot of Hard Yakka, and followed that with Yakking around the World, Jargonbusting, And God Created Cricket and Morning Everyone: An Ashes Odyssey. His latest book is Who Wants to Be a Batsman?

Author: Huw Turbervill

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781760638276

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

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This superb anthology showcases 100 years of peerless writing on the Ashes from The Cricketer magazine. Insightful new contributions from today's best cricket writers including Gideon Haigh, Simon Hughes and Huw Turbervill sit alongside vintage reports, features and comment pieces from greats including Pelham 'Plum' Warner, EW Swanton and Christopher Martin-Jenkins. Relive the brilliance of Don Bradman, Harold Larwood, Jim Laker, Geoffrey Boycott, Ian Botham, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Flintoff and others in this fresh new take on the giants of the game. Featuring Simon Hughes' ultimate Ashes XI, Gideon Haigh's five greatest series and lively detours into the controversies and scandals which have defined sport's greatest contest, this definitive history from the world's foremost cricket magazine is as colourful as the Ashes themselves.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

A Last English Summer

A Last English Summer

by the author of 'The Great Romantic: cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus' Duncan Hamilton ... Daily Telegraph Book of Cricket, Aurum, 2007 Howat,G., Village Cricket, Davidand Charles, 1980 Hughes, S., And God Created Cricket, ...

Author: Duncan Hamilton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780857383044

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

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From matches played on a village green to the high-church splendour of Lord's, in A Last English Summer, award-winning author Duncan Hamilton preserves the 2009 cricket season, a seminal, convulsive time in the sport's history. In prose by turns reflective and glorious, he remembers all we have lost whilst displaying an overwhelming love for the game that stands out on every page.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Different Class

Different Class

And God Created Cricket: An Irreverent History of the English Game and How Other People (like Australians) Got Annoyingly Good at It. London: Doubleday, 2009. James, C. L. R. Beyond a Boundary. London: Serpent's Tail, 2000.

Author: Duncan Stone

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 9781913462819

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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In telling the story of cricket from the bottom up, Different Class demonstrates how the "quintessentially English" game has done more to divide, rather than unite, the English. In 1963, the West Indian Marxist C.L.R. James posed the deceptively benign question: "What do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?" A challenge to the public to re-consider cricket and its meaning by placing the game in its true social, political and economic context, James was, all too subtly, attempting to counter the game’s orthodox history that, he argued, had played a key role in the formation of national culture. As a consequence, he failed, and the history of cricket in England has retained the same stresses and lineaments as it did a century ago — until now. In examining recreational rather than professional (first-class) cricket, Different Class does not simply challenge the widely accepted orthodoxy of English cricket, it demonstrates how the values and belief systems at its heart were, under the guise of amateurism, intentionally developed in order to divide the English along class lines at every level of the game. If the creation of opposing class-based cricket cultures in the North and South of England grew out of this process, the institutional structures developed by those in charge of English cricket continue to discriminate. But, as much as the exclusion of Black and South Asian cricketers from the recreational mainstream is the most obvious example, it is social class that remains the greatest barrier to participation in what used to be the national game.
Categories: Social Science

Twirlymen

Twirlymen

Christopher — Bradman and the Summer that Changed Cricket (J R Books. 2009) Horden, Herbert — Googlies (Angus & Robertson,1932) Hoult. Nick (ed) — The Daily Telegraph Book of Cricket (Aurum, 2007) Hughes, Simon — And God Created Cricket ...

Author: Amol Rajan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446483718

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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They are the masters of deception, the jokers in the pack; illusionists conjuring wickets out of thin air with nothing more than an ambled approach and a wonky grip. Not for them the brutish physicality of the pace bowler nor the reactive slogging of the batsman. Theirs is a more cerebral art. They stand alone in a team sport. They are Twirlymen. Having himself failed through a combination of injury and indolence to become a leg-spinner of renown, Amol Rajan pays homage to that most eccentric of all sporting heroes - the spin bowler. On a journey through cricket history Rajan introduces us to the greatest purveyors of that craft, from W. G. Grace to Graeme Swann via Clarrie Grimmet's flipper, Muttiah Muralitharan's helicopter wrist, Shane Warne's ball-of-the-century and all the rest.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

BEYOND THE PALE

BEYOND THE PALE

EARLY BLACK AND ASIAN CRICKETERS IN BRITAIN 1868-1945 Andy Carter ... 1975) Simon Hughes, And God Created Cricket (Doubleday, London 2009) C.L.R. James, Beyond A Boundary (Hutchinson, London 1963) B. Lawrence, Master Class: The Life of ...

Author: Andy Carter

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781838592028

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 312

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In the second half of the 19th century Britain ruled the largest and most culturally diverse empire the world had ever seen, yet non-European faces were a rarity in all but the larger port cities. For the majority of Britons, the colonies were seen as distant and exotic outposts populated by natives who were frequently characterised as alien and uncivilised. Against this background, the arrival of a touring party of Australian Aborigines in 1868 caused something of a sensation. Initially viewed as a curiosity, they soon won the public over with their athleticism and demeanour. Over the following decades others followed in their footsteps; well off Parsee amateur enthusiasts in the 1880s, mixed race West Indian teams in the 1900s and the first Indian side composed of representatives of all her major communities in 1911. From the 1890s onwards the first individual Black and Asian players also began to appear for English club and county sides. They came from a wide range of backgrounds, some were princes others plantation workers, and their stories once they reached Britain were equally diverse. All of their stories are part of a tale in which cricket - that most English of institutions - became a catalyst for multi-cultural Britain and helped shape emerging national identities in the Commonwealth.
Categories: Sports & Recreation