Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Cricket (Amazing and Extraordinary Facts)

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Cricket (Amazing and Extraordinary Facts)

By: Brian Levinson (author)Hardback

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This essential companion for all cricket lovers documents the illustrious history of the gentleman's game. It is crammed full of fascinating feats, sticky wickets and intriguing trivia, so even if you don't like cricket, you'll love this. From the worst batsman in the world to the record innings that almost wasn't, this compelling collection of balls, bails, bats and blockholes is guaranteed to enthral. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

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About Author

Brian Levison Brian Levison has had a lifelong interest in cricket and played club cricket for several years. He is also a writer, poet, and amateur chorister. He is the author of All in a Day's Cricket, and Classical Music's Strangest Concerts & Characters. Brian lives in Oxford.


The iron frame How the Laws were changed to prevent cheating Waugh of words Witty retorts under pressure Over-dressed for the occasion Sid Barnes takes the mickey From sightscreen to silver screen Cricket takes to the stage 12 o'clock and all's Wells How Bomber beat the clock The hunt for the missing run How a world record almost wasn't From ashes to The Ashes Origins of cricket's most famous rivalry The only blemish Don Bradman and the 1948 Invincibles 0, 0, 0*, 1, 1*, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1*, 0, 0, 0, 0 The worst batsman in the world Jennings Tune on song Ultimate bowling performances When underarm was underhand It was legal - but was it fair? Collecting bug The world's most expensive cricket book A costly drop The 600-run gift The Blackheath number four The cricketer linked to five unsolved murders The bowler who bowled too well Albert Trott and his benefit match Beethoven in at number eight The mathematician who made up teams The man who loved playing The umpire with the bowling itch Once a 'keeper... Appealing habits of old wicket-keepers What W.G. doesn't tell you, Part 1 How Pooley missed the boat What W.G. doesn't tell you, Part 2 The episode of the kidnapped player Golden oldies Old enough and good enough Twenty20 fiasco An offer that should have been refused Help yourself Wellington serve up 77-run over Testing the boundaries How Somerset were too clever for their own good Unexpected fame at 37 The player who rose and fell without trace Well batted, you're dropped! When the best wasn't good enough Pass the hat, please Three in a row does the trick No room for sentiment Easier to survive a war than the umpire's decision A doubtful action Was cricket's most successful bowler a chucker? The most exalted hat-trick Bertie's King-sized victims Son of a Gunn Well done, relatively speaking Hit around The Parks A first-class debut to forget Who got the runs? When the B's took on the rest, and other strange games A perfect over Then Gibbs gives it away Snowballs in June The dentally challenged batsman Neither home nor away The short, odd, first-class career of Harry Wilson Jammy for the Jam Sahib Ranji's legendary record All over in four and a half hours The lowest-scoring match on record Five of the best The cricketer who should have read Wisden Out twice before Lynch Monte's terrible morning Rippon - or rip-off? When the tax people looked the other way Reaping the benefit How Dickie Dodds batted for God In your own words Choice entries in the scorebook Slowly does it Nadkarni on the money 83 per cent of the total Batsmen who did it on their own The King of cricket The Yank who struck out Ranji Australia's Old Trafford nightmare Jim Laker's unbeatable achievement Alletson's innings A once-in-a-lifetime knock Struck out of sight Off-days of the great bowlers The greatest ODI ever? The game that broke six records Through the covers Cricket and the literary link The longest gap 22 years between matches Cricket's greatest name? A rival to Grace and Bradman Cricket in high places... ...And low places, cold places and wet places

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/09/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781446302507
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781446302507
  • ISBN10: 1446302504

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