The Grade Cricketer

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The Grade Cricketer

The Grade Cricketer

  • Author: Dave Edwards,Sam Perry,Ian Higgins
  • Publisher: Melbourne Books
  • ISBN: 1922129895
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 240
  • View: 8295
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Welcome to the world of The Grade Cricketer. Described as the most original voice in cricket, The Grade Cricketer represents the fading hopes and dreams of every ageing amateur sportsman. In this tell-all 'autobiography', The Grade Cricketer describes his cricketing career with unflinching honesty and plenty of humour, in turn providing insights into the hyper-masculine cricket 'dressing room'. This one-time junior prodigy is now experiencing the lean, increasingly existential years of adult cricket. Here, he learns quickly that one will need more than just runs and wickets to make it in the alpha-dominated grade cricket jungle, where blokes like Nuggsy, Bruiser, Deeks and Robbo reign supreme. Through it all, The Grade Cricketer lays bare his deepest insecurities - his relationship with Dad, his fleeting romances outside the cricket club - and, in turn, we witness a gentle maturation; a slow realisation that perhaps, just maybe, there is more to life than hitting 50 not out in third grade and enjoying a few celebratory beers afterwards. Or is there? * * * The Grade Cricketer book is based upon the popular Twitter account, @gradecricketer, which has received critical acclaim for its frighteningly honest portrayal of amateur cricket. Now, the time has finally come for this middling amateur sportsman to tell his story in full. 'The Grade Cricketer is the finest tribute to a sport since Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, and the best cricket book in yonks. It's belly-laughing funny but it's also a hymn to the grand and complex game delivered with a narrative pace and ability I'm afraid most Test players don't have. For anyone who ever dreamed of excelling at a sport but never quite made it but still gave it your life, this is the story. A great read!' - Tom Keneally AO.

The Grade Cricketer

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The Grade Cricketer

The Grade Cricketer

Tea and No Sympathy (16pt Large Print Edition)

  • Author: Dave Edwards Sam Perry and Ian Higgins
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780369309105
  • Category:
  • Page: 388
  • View: 8574
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A sequel to The Grade Cricketer? It's like junk time in a second innings - something you just have to be part of.' Gideon Haigh. Is life without cricket worth living? It's a question asked and answered by the Grade Cricketer, as he faces a cricket-free future after a devious plan goes horribly wrong. Hilarious, ridiculous and completely true to life to anyone who's ever spent time in a dressing room, Tea and No Sympathy takes us on a skeweringly funny sporting misadventure through the world of grade cricket and the flawed, damaged and occasionally appalling people who play it, from the creators of the bestselling novel The Grade Cricketer. Praise for The Grade Cricketer: 'The Grade Cricketer is the finest tribute to a sport since Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, and the best cricket book in yonks. It's belly-laughing funny but it's also a hymn to the grand and complex game delivered with a narrative pace and ability I'm afraid most Test players don't have. For anyone who ever dreamed of excelling at a sport but never quite made it but still gave it your life, this is the story. A great read!' Tom Keneally 'The Grade Cricketer has taken us so far inside a district club dressing room that you feel like a locker. Ligaments could not be closer to the bone than some of his observations.' Kerry O'Keeffe 'The Grade Cricketer is strange and, I suspect, brilliant'. Wisden

The Shorter Wisden 2017

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The Shorter Wisden 2017

The Shorter Wisden 2017

The Best Writing from Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2017

  • Author: Lawrence Booth
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472935233
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 1584
  • View: 8927
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The Shorter Wisden is a compelling distillation of what's best in its bigger brother – and the 2017 edition of Wisden is crammed, as ever, with the best writing in the game. Available from all major eBook retailers, Wisden's digital version includes the influential Notes by the Editor, all the front-of-book articles, including Matthew Engel looking back at 60 years of Test Match Special, Derek Pringle revealing the secrets of ball-tampering, and Gideon Haigh exploring the evolution of the six. There are also superb pieces by Rob Smyth, Vic Marks and Tanya Aldred, plus reviews, obituaries and all England's Tests from the 2016 season. In an age of snap judgments, Wisden's authority and integrity are more important than ever. Yet again this year's edition is truly a "must-have†? for every cricket fan. "There can't really be any doubt about the cricket book of the year, any year: it's obviously Wisden" Andrew Baker in the Daily Telegraph @WisdenAlmanack

The Cambridge Companion to Cricket

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The Cambridge Companion to Cricket

The Cambridge Companion to Cricket

  • Author: Anthony Bateman,Jeffrey Hill
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521761298
  • Category: History
  • Page: 282
  • View: 5734
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Perfect for fans and scholars alike, this Companion explores cricket's origins, global reach, iconic personalities and enduring popularity.

MORE POCKETS PLEASE

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MORE POCKETS PLEASE

MORE POCKETS PLEASE

Forgotten Dreams

  • Author: Ken Little
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 1490829369
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 380
  • View: 9926
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Ken ploughed through the book of Job looking for answers but found only questions. He knew his loss was small compared to the loss of many but his pain was just as deep. A one in a million medical condition had left him paralysed and his life in turmoil. There was no coping manual he could turn to either—Ken would have to write his own. He had entered a dark place not knowing how he would come through it or whether looking into the mirror of his soul would reveal a complete stranger looking back at him. Ken had a happy childhood. He played competitive sports, went to church, and believed that learning from past failures could ultimately lead to success. He was excited by life and ‘pressing on’ to the prize, whether it be a match won, an exam passed, or a girl he liked going out with him. But all too soon it ended, hope turned to despair, and loss of identity led to isolation. But what followed was a time of restoration, of self-discovery, of letting go and accepting that he was a small part of a much bigger picture. So he laughed when others cried, he got up when he fell, and soon realized that a more complete person could be emerging from the dark place than the one who had gone into it. He found strength to press on from loved ones, but more importantly he found the faithfulness of God.

The Making of New Zealand Cricket

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The Making of New Zealand Cricket

The Making of New Zealand Cricket

1832-1914

  • Author: Greg Ryan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135754829
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 280
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It is generally forgotten that cricket rather than rugby union was the 'national game' in New Zealand until the early years of the twentieth century. This book shows why and how cricket developed in New Zealand and how its character changed across time. Greg Ryan examines the emergence and growth of cricket in relation to diverse patterns of European settlement in New Zealand - such as the systematic colonization schemes of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the gold discoveries of the 1860s. He then considers issues such as cricket and social class in the emerging cities; cricket and the elite school system; the function of the game in shaping relations between the New Zealand provinces; cricket encounters with the Australian colonies in the context of an 'Australasian' world. A central theme is cricketing relations with England at a time when New Zealand society was becoming acutely conscious of both its own identity and its place within the British Empire. This imperial relationship reveals structures, ideals and objectives unique to New Zealand. Articulate, engaging and entertaining, Ryan demonstrates convincingly how the cricketing experience of New Zealand was quite different from that of other colonies.

A History of Australian Baseball

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A History of Australian Baseball

A History of Australian Baseball

Time and Game

  • Author: Joe Clark
  • Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
  • ISBN: 9780803264403
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 179
  • View: 1986
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Through extensive interviews and archival research, Joe Clark has uncovered the engaging details of Australian baseball’s unique, and often turbulent, 125-year history, and for the first time the dynamic story of Australian baseball is told. Initially accepted only grudgingly in the late nineteenth century as an off-season substitute for cricket, baseball in Australia steadily rose in prominence. Starting with neighborhood games played between improvised teams, the sport grew to include state and national leagues and a spirited international competition. Both the shortcomings and the triumphs of Australian baseball are revealed in A History of Australian Baseball: Time and Game, from an ill-fated late-nineteenth-century baseball tour of America and the political firestorm surrounding the formation of the Australian Baseball League in the 1990s, to the amazing defeat of the powerhouse Cuban team in the Intercontinental Cup of 1999.

Menace

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Menace

Menace

  • Author: Dennis Lillee
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472227018
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
  • View: 2620
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Whether bowling bouncers at cowering batsmen or interfering officials, Dennis Lillee has always been a controversial figure, and this autobiography is no different. He looks back at the storms he created throughout his career, and after, with his aluminium bats, his near punch-up with Javed Miandad and the whole Packer saga, where he helped transform the lot of cricketers around the world, by finally breaking the amateur ethos that was killing the sport. But Dennis Lillee is also a committed family man, a proud Aussie and a good mate to his many friends. Now a distinguished coach, in huge demand around the world, this book shows just why he remains one of cricket's enduring and most popular legends.

Harold Jarman

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Harold Jarman

Harold Jarman

Bristol Rovers Local Hero

  • Author: Mike Jay,Ian Haddrell
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0750957727
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
  • View: 2960
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Harold Jarman is a Bristol-born sporting legend. A highly talented winger for Bristol Rovers, he made almost 500 League appearances for the club, scoring over a century of goals. Although he has taken on many different roles for clubs in the UK and the United States, his heart has always belonged to Bristol – he returned initially as youth team manager, then caretaker manager (saving the Rovers from relegation) before coaching and managing the youth and reserve teams During the summer months between 1961 and 1972, Harold also enjoyed playing professionally for Gloucestershire County Cricket club, delighting crowds with his skill and particularly his astute fielding. In this book, Mike Jay and Ian Haddrell explore a remarkable life, accompanied by fascinating pictures, many unpublished from Harold’s own collection.

The Book of Ashes Anecdotes

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The Book of Ashes Anecdotes

The Book of Ashes Anecdotes

  • Author: Gideon Haigh
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1780574398
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 400
  • View: 8314
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The Ashes, the symbol of cricket supremacy between England and Australia, is the game's oldest and fiercest rivalry, still hot to the touch after a century and a quarter. The Book of Ashes Anecdotes collects hundreds of the best stories from more than 260 publications to create the fullest, fieriest and funniest account of these two nations divided by a common game. In 2005, and after 16 long years, England's cricketers regained the fabled urn in a series that fascinated and gripped cricket fans as never before. The drama of this contest raised ancitipation about the 2006-07 series to record levels, and Ashes Anecdotes provides an unrivalled collection of the highlights of this celebrated tournament. The book includes a foreword by David Frith and extracts from the best cricket writers of the past 124 years. Featured here are the giants of the game, the most memorable Ashes matches, gamesmanship, Bodyline, tales of travel, cricket fever and fan fanaticism, luck and superstition in the game, selection and sledging. It's a book no cricket fan should be without.