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Lightning Strikes: The Loughborough Lightning Story takes you inside the new and exciting world of semi-professional women's cricket. Formed in 2016 to compete in the opening season of the Kia Super League (KSL), Loughborough Lightning are the only KSL club not run by a county side. Yet they have established themselves as a tough team to beat, reaching three finals days in four seasons. Led by young coach Rob Taylor, Loughborough Lightning are pioneers in a fresh and fast-evolving women's sport. Jamie Ramage gained exclusive behind-the-scenes access with the players and staff to offer a unique insight into their experiences. Follow them every step of the way through their 2019 campaign, reliving the highs and lows as a mix of veteran players like Jenny Gunn and Mignon du Preez and emerging talents like Sarah Glenn vie for a place in the team. With the women's domestic structure receiving a major overhaul in 2020, the 2019 season marked the end of an era.
RULES, TERMINOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES. HISTORY OF THE GAME. MYSTERIES OF SCORING, CRYPTIC TERMS. BATTING, BOWLING AND FIELDING... ALL DISCUSSED.
Over the years Australia has produced some of the greatest spin bowlers the world has seen. In The Magic of Spinwe meet more than forty masters of the art. They include Bill O'Reilly, who Sir Donald Bradman claimed to have been the greatest bowler of his experience; Clarrie Grimmett, arguably the 'father' of spin bowling in Australia; and the greatest spinner of the modern era, Shane Warne. The many other spin bowlers included in the book include Arthur Mailey, Don Blackie, Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Jack Iverson, Richie Benaud, Jim Higgs, Tim May, Stuart MacGill and Nathan Lyon. Spin bowlers in cricket are masters at making the ball loop slowly through the air to confuse batsmen. Legends of the game know the magic combinations of top-spin, side-spin and off-spin necessary to fool the opposition. The Magic of Spin, dissects the various aspects of spin bowling through the stories of the bowlers themselves. In addition it includes the history and evolution of spin bowling: the wrong'un or googly was 'invented' by Bernard (BJT) Bosenquet; Grimmett 'invented' the flipper, the ball Warne in later years bowled so brilliantly; and Bill O'Reilly learned about spin bowling by watching Grimmett like a hawk in Test matches. The batsmen who have played the great spinners through the years will also help to explain the dark art of spinning. 'Spin bowling is magical and to a lot of people [a few batsmen included] a mystery.' - Ian Chappell
In June 1928, the West Indies played their first Test match against a strong and confident England. The venue was the celebrated Lord's. It was a historic event best understood in terms of the decades it took to acquire first class recognition and international status. The team's arrival at the Test gates of Lord's, a generation before adult suffrage was the norm at home, was greeted in West Indian towns and villages as a moment of social liberation and a critical step in the journey to statehood. The cricket pioneers, furthermore, constituted the most powerful and only unifying symbol of the nation West Indians were just beginning to imagine. In an important way, then, this book is an account of a politically organised community seeking detachment from the colonial scaffold with all its intense desire and deep internal division. It sets out the seminal steps and stages of the journey. In addition, it provides an archive of the tour (thirty official matches including three Tests) in the form of Press reports and score sheets that transport the reader vividly to the scenes of that West Indies Beginning.
Based on research and experience in the construction, preparation and maintenance of pitch and outfield, this is a guide for improving the general standard of cricket surfaces at all levels of the game, from school level to national level. The pitch and field form the basis of a good game of cricket, but of all sporting surfaces, the cricket pitch is one of the most demanding to manage. The first challenge is to grow grass on heavy clay that is compacted and denied water for days on end until it resembles a strip of concrete. This is then subjected to the pounding of rock-hard cricket balls and the wear of bat and boot. The next challenge is to get the battered turf ready in time for the next game. The authors are currently cricket pitch consultants to the United Cricket Board of South Africa, and are actively involved in the preparation of fields for the Cricket World Cup in 2003. This book is a reference for all those involved in the game of cricket, from primary school to professional.
For over 50 years, Test Match Special has provided listeners with every Test cricket ball, batting average, and plenty of views from the boundary, too. But how well do you know your cricket? Pit your wits against Aggers, Tuffers, Boycs and Johnners - and try not to get caught out! Can you identify the most famous players from history, name that ground or reel off well-known (and lesser-known) stats and facts. And of course, what Test Match Special would be complete without the gaffes, giggles, cakes and celebrity guests who make up a day at the cricket? With over 3,000 mind-bending puzzles about every aspect of the sport and beyond, this is the ultimate test of any cricket fan's true average.
Dickie Bird's retirement was an international event shown on TV screens and newspapers throughout the world. He is a household name, an eccentric, and one of the most loved and respected characters in world cricket. His idiosyncratic style and infectious humour has endeared him to millions, transcending his sport. Fiercely proud of his background as a Yorkshire miner's son, his account follows his youth in Barnsley, his early days as a cricketer, through to his career as an umpire and his experiences of the international scene, all told with total honesty by this very private person. As the most respected umpire in the game, Dickie has serious and constructive points to make about modern cricket. He has fearlessly berated fast-bowlers when necessary. He has some sharp comments to make about ball tampering and he has mixed feelings about the introduction of the third umpire. Dickie wanted to go out at the top and he has certainly done so - after standing at 66 Test matches, three World Cup finals and 92 one-day Internationals. Combining forthright views on the game and those involved in it, compelling accounts of what it is like behind the scenes in cricket at the highest level, and the hilarious stories for which Dickie is so well known, here is the refreshing and enjoyable autobiography of a sporting legend.
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.
The Cricket World Cup in 2019 was the first to be held in England for 20 years and expectations were high. It did not disappoint. Over six weeks and 48 matches it showcased the best that the one-day game has to offer, with compelling individual performances and spellbinding matches - all culminating in England's unforgettable victory over New Zealand in the final. The Times England's World Cup gives you a chance to relive the drama as it happened with the best of cricket writers.
Few things are as evocative of the English summer as Test Match Special, and in 2019 the team had the biggest cricket season ever to cover, with the men's and women's Ashes series and the ICC World Cup all taking place. The action didn't disappoint, as TMS listeners tuned in to follow some of the most exciting action you could wish for. Now, in this brilliant and compelling account of the summer, we get to see behind the scenes to find out what really goes on in the commentary box. As well as covering all the key events on the field to ensure the reader can relive a brilliant summer, the Test Match Special Diary takes the reader to the heart of the action to join Aggers and the rest of the crew. Relive the stunning drama of England's nailbiting World Cup victory in a Super Over, or Ben Stokes's match-winning innings to save the Ashes at Headingley, and find out how the commentary team coped as the tension mounted during some of the greatest games in cricketing history. As well as the cricket, we get to hear from the guests who inspired them and about the cakes that were irresistible; the bloopers that had them in stitches to the incredible moments that will never be forgotten - it's all here in this fascinating book. Filled with contributions from all the regulars in the TMS commentary box, including Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Isa Guha, Alison Mitchell, Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan, along with some of the most obscure cricketing trivia from scorers Andrew Samson and Andy Zaltzman, this is a book that no fan of Test Match Special can be without.