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Newly catalogued historical books about cricket in the Library

1 May 2024

With the county cricket season now in full flow and Sam Northeast of Glamorgan breaking the record for the highest individual score in a first class match at Lord's last month, it's timely for us to  to highlight some recently catalogued cricket related publications from within our historical hidden collections.

Several items that were not previously available are now live on our catalogue thanks to the diligent work of our cataloguers. The biggest find is a cricket match programme from 1921 for a game between Lancashire County Cricket Club and the Australian tourist side. The match took place at Old Trafford, Manchester and the programme was presented to the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII. It contains the autographs of the players in both squads (see photos). The signatures of famous names such as Warwick Armstrong of Australia and Johnny Tyldesley of Lancashire and England are included. For the record, Australia won the match comprehensively by an innings and 8 runs.

Here is a selection of other noteworthy titles from within this collection:

-    With bat and ball: twenty-five years' reminiscences of Australian and Anglo-Australian cricket: with hints to young cricketers on batting, bowling and fielding / George Giffen (1898)
-    Playing for England!: My Test-Cricket Story / by Jack Hobbs (1931)
-    The fight for The Ashes in 1926: being a critical account of the Australian tour in England / by P. F. Warner
-    Cricket / by the Hon. and Rev. E. Lyttelton (5th edition - 1903)
-    England v. Australia at the wicket: a complete record of all cricket matches played between English and Australian Elevens ([1887])
-    Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket: A Collection of New Cricket Notices from 1709 to 1837, Arranged in Chronological Order / By G.B. Buckley ([1937])
-    England v. the West Indies, 1895-1957 / by S. Canynge Caple (1957)
-    How to Play Cricket / by Lt.-Col. W. Shirley, and incorporated noted by A.C. Maclaren ([1925])
-    Behind the stumps / by Godfrey Evans ([1951])
-    Cricket fixtures: first class and minor counties. 1957 / from The Times (1957)
-    Cricket's Cradle: The Pedigree, Transformation, and Discovery of the GAME / by H. P. -T. (1923)
-    The Indian team in England, 1946 / by Gully ([1946])


Ian Evans (Shared Cataloguing Program Manager) with assistance from Euros Evans (Assistant Librarian).

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