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The History of Leicestershire County Cricket Club: With a Persona

The History of Leicestershire County Cricket Club: With a Personal View by Mike Turner - Dennis Lambert

London: Christopher Helm, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables;

From the cover: “From the first, Leicestershire County Cricket Club knew its place — close to the bottom of the Championship. So it was all the more exciting when there was a rush of limited-overs trophies in the 1970s, climaxed by the Championship itself in 1975.

Cricket came late to Leicestershire, and the present County Club was not formed until 1879. It immediately beat ‘first-class’ Sussex, and became first-class itself in 1894, again with early successes, beating mighty Yorkshire. But the main efforts were not to finish last in the Championship and to remain solvent.

There were always good players at Leicester: A. E. Knight and J. H. King were Test players, and opener C. J. B. Wood was almost impossible to get out. Between the world wars W. E. Astill became one of only nine all-rounders to score 20,000 runs and take 2,000 wickets. The team, however, was rarely as good as its parts until, in 1969, the ubiquitous troubles at Yorkshire propelled R. Illingworth to Grace Road and the captaincy. Illingworth welded the players into a team and the Leicestershire fox was up and running to the Championship.

In the 1980s the fans had the pleasure of watching the leading English batsman of the day, D. I. Gower, and for the first time ever there were three Leicestershire players together in the Test team: Gower, J. J. Whitaker and P. A. J. deFreitas. Dressing-room squabbles sometimes accompanied the exciting players and these days there is little chance of dozing off at Grace Road.

With the usual full statistics of this series, and the illustrations and scorecards, this history will be welcomed by all cricket followers.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 348 pages.
The History of Leicestershire County Cricket Club: With a Persona