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ISBN: 9780857043252
AUTHOR: Stephen Hill @ Barry Phillips
Somerset Cricketers 1946-1970
Somerset Cricketers 1946-1970
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This is the third volume in a series outlining the lives of each man who has played first-class cricket for Somerset.

The first two books, the award-winning Somerset Cricketers 1882-1914 and Somerset Cricketers 1919–1939, were widely praised as hugely informative and very readable accounts of the history of cricket in the county, with engaging detours into social history.

Somerset Cricketers 1946–1970 continues in the same vein and is sure to delight anyone with an interest in this fascinating club. This time the story begins in the aftermath of the Second World War, with the club still under the control of men who had been involved with Somerset CCC since the Victorian era and espoused what they regarded as the virtues of amateurism.

Professionals were seen as a necessary evil and the winning of trophies as an irrelevance.

Slowly and surely the voice of the supporters was heard as they called for change. And yet, Somerset still managed to call on their fair share of larger-than-life characters whose exploits off the pitch were at times as compelling as the flurries of excitement on match days.

Somerset Cricketers 1946 – 1970 offers insights into the lives and times of the 113 debutants in that era and in a number of instances we read within the pages the frank and entertaining accounts and fond memories of those men themselves.

As one of the players – that grizzled veteran, the late Bill Alley – once wrote: ‘While other teams fretted away worrying about the destination of the Championships, we were content to earn a reputation as the best social team in the country. My word, how we enjoyed ourselves!’

Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips have been Somerset CCC supporters since boyhood. Both had enjoyed success as authors prior to their fateful meeting, when they agreed, in their words, ‘in a moment of complete madness’, to embark on their detailed account of each man who has played for the county. Now both retired, they live an inconvenient distance from Somerset – Stephen in Nottinghamshire and Barry in Oxfordshire – but still follow the fortunes of the club. After the publication of the first volume of the Somerset Cricketers in 2016 they were accorded the joint-accolade of Cricket Historians of the Year and awarded the Brooke-Lambert Trophy by the Association of Cricket Statisticians.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 325 2, hardback, 210x148mm, 384 pages. Published May 2018.

Somerset Cricketers 1919 - 1939Somerset Cricketers 1919 - 1939 - £16.99
Somerset Cricketers 1919 – 1939 continues the authors’ compelling odyssey through the early history of cricket in the county. Having previously introduced readers to the lives of the men who played for Somerset prior to the First World War, Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips now turn their attention to those who made their debut between the wars.
Somerset Cricketers 1882-1914Somerset Cricketers 1882-1914 - £16.99
Researched with forensic attention to detail but written with real warmth and an eye to readability by Stephen Hill with additional research by Barry Phillips, Somerset Cricketers 1882 – 1914 contains richly-illustrated and hugely informative biographies of each of the 227 cricketers who appeared for Somerset before the First World War.
Somerset CCC The Return to GlorySomerset CCC The Return to Glory - £19.99
Alain Lockyer and Richard Walsh follow their successful Somerset The Glory Years with Somerset County Cricket Club The Return to Glory 2001 - 2007. This compelling book is a title that all Somerset fans will want to read and savour because it celebrates the county’s two most recent trophy winning seasons - 2001 and 2005.
Bats & BeltersBats & Belters - £12.99
This riotous novel by a doyen amongst West Country cricket writers Charles Wood will delight all lovers of the glorious summer game. A hunky punk calamity with the Belters, the village cricket team of hapless eccentrics, undeterred despite tribulations.
Another Somerset CenturyAnother Somerset Century - £12.99
CHARLES WOOD TURNS HIS EVER IDIOSYNCRATIC ATTENTION TO SOMERSET CRICKET IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY. This book is not fodder for the faint-hearted supporter. Here nightmares are revisited, so too the odd scandal. But it’s not all tears, doldrums and tabloids. Far from it. Never has 'The Blackbird' been sung more lustily, or, indeed, emotionally.
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Charles Wood has unearthed a worldwide passion for Gloucestershire cricket that’s alive and well, and full to the brim with eccentricity and odd statistics. A tome to be enjoyed by every lover of the ‘summer game’.
Somerset Cricket The Glory YearsSomerset Cricket The Glory Years - £19.99
In 2010 Somerset Cricket Museum acquired a unique archive of images relating to the history of the club between 1973 and 1990 which feature here. Taken by Alain Lockyer with a text by Richard Walsh, this book chronicles the years of the County’s greatest success, including the period known as the Glory Years during which Somerset won five one day trophies in as many seasons.
Bats Pads & CiderBats Pads & Cider - £12.99
Compiled during the vintage season of 2010, here are vaulted stories and little histories of cricketing characters both famous and, perhaps, not so much, to charm and to wince at between innings, dredged from a cricket mad soggy county that the author, Charles Wood, loves to his apple core. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
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