The Grade Cricketer

Author: Dave Edwards,Sam Perry,Ian Higgins

Publisher: Melbourne Books

ISBN: 1922129895

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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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.
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The Grade Cricketer: Tea and No Sympathy

Author: Dave Edwards,Sam Perry,Ian Higgins

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1760639680

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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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
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The Grade Cricketer

Author: Dave Edwards,Sam Perry,Ian Higgins

Publisher: Melbourne Books

ISBN: 1922129895

Category: Humor

Page: 240

View: 9400

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.
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The Cricket in Times Square

Author: George Selden

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 1466863625

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

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After Chester lands, in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand. There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends: Mario, a little boy whose parents run the falling newsstand, Tucker, a fast-talking Broadway mouse, and Tucker's sidekick, Harry the Cat. The escapades of these four friends in bustling New York City makes for lively listening and humorous entertainment. And somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand. Join Chester Cricket and his friends in this classic children's book by George Selden, with illustrations by Garth Williams. The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.
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Herding Cats

The Art of Amateur Cricket Captaincy

Author: Charlie Campbell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472925734

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 9605

In 1985 Mike Brearley published The Art of Captaincy, revealing how he steered Middlesex and England to victory with his team of first-class cricketers. He got the absolute best out of his players, inspiring Ian Botham to new heights against the Australians in 1981. Few cricketers have had a greater impact on the amateur game than these two. Every captain would love Brearley's degree in people, as well as a hardhitting all-rounder like Botham. But theirs was a barely recognisable game from the one we play on often dishevelled grounds up and down the country with ragtag teams of ageing, deluded or hungover friends and acquaintances. Now, Charlie Campbell offers us a New Testament to Brearley's Old Testament, as he guides us through the realities of captaining an amateur team. Herding Cats picks its way through the minefield of an amateur's season: from the excitement and hope of pre-season nets, to the desperate scramble to gather 11 players for a frosty game on a far-flung, desolate pitch; from decoding the casual phrase 'I bat a bit', to setting a field of players who can't catch or throw; from handling the most delicate egos, to dealing with a case of the yips; from frequent moments of despair, to sudden and joyful glimpses of unexpected glory. For all those of us who recognise ourselves, our teammates, our friends and partners in the shambling joy of amateur cricket more than in the top-class international game, Campbell lights a path through a weekend world of play at the beating heart of the world's second most popular sport.
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C.T. Studd

Cricketer and Pioneer

Author: Norman Grubb

Publisher: The Lutterworth Press

ISBN: 0718842464

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Nurtured in the lap of comfort, educated at Eton and Cambridge, the hero of the British sport-loving public, C. T. Studd, whose Cambridge career has been described as "one long blaze of cricketing glory", created a stir in the secular world of his youth by renouncing wealth and position to follow Christ. He was captain of the Eton XI in 1879, and of Cambridge University in 1883, being accorded in the latter year (vide The Cricketing Annual) "the premier position as an all-round cricketer for the second year in succession". The illness of a brother brought him face to face with realities and the transitoriness of worldly riches and fame. He obeyed the divine command, "Go thy way, sell what thou hast and give to the poor ... take up thy cross and follow me", throwing himself into the work which had called him with the same thoroughness and earnestness with which he had learned to "play a straight bat". Henceforward his life was dedicated to the service of God and his fellow men, and the story of his labours and adventures makes an epic of faith and courage against great odds that will be an inspiration to all who rejoice in a tale of high endeavour.
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Oscar and the Cricket

A Book about Moving and Rolling

Author: Geoff Waring

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 9780763645120

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Cricket shows Oscar the kitten how various objects need a push or a pull to move but animals can move themselves by using their muscles.
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Playing It My Way

My Autobiography

Author: Sachin Tendulkar

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1473605199

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award - India's highest civilian honour - on the day of his retirement. Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story - from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill. When a boisterous Mumbai youngster's excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long Sachin Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India's batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation's devoted followers. Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style - scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games. And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai. His many achievements with India include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure - from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his unhappy tenure as captain. Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.
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Crictor

Author: Tomi Ungerer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0064430448

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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‘A highly diverting picture book about an agreeable pet boa constrictor that earns the affection and gratitude of a French village.’ —BL. ‘Children will love it.’ —H. Notable Children's Books of 1940–1959 (ALA) 1959 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book) A Reading Rainbow Selection 1958 Children's Spring Book Festival Prize (NY Herald Tribune)
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The Journey

My story, from backyard cricket to Australian Captain

Author: Steve Smith

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1760639753

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The Journey is Steve Smith's account of his life and career to date. From childhood backyard cricket with mates and family, and net sessions with his dad that laid the foundations for his later success, Steve traces the influences and events that started him on his cricket journey. He takes us inside his quest to play cricket at the highest level, from formative club and grade games, to his first overseas experiences, and finally to state cricket and the Australian squad. It's a journey with both ups and downs, where valuable and lasting lessons were learned from the successes and, more importantly, the failures. And Steve compellingly describes the key moments that shaped him into the cricketer and leader he is today, from his definitive hundred at Centurion in South Africa, to the soul-searching and resolve that accompanied the Australian team's lowest point in the 2016 Hobart Test, to the epic 2017 series in India. The Journey is a revealing and fascinating insight into Steve Smith-the cricketer and the man.
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The Professor of Diddling

The Life and Times of Johnny Briggs (1862-1902)

Author: Colin Williamson

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1782225900

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 178

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Johnny Briggs was simply the most popular player Lancashire had ever had; a popularity that spread through the country and indeed the cricketing world. He was a comedian and a joker on and off the field but he suffered from depression. Professional cricketer at the age of 13 years. Played for Lancashire at the age of 16 years 236 days. First bowler to take 100 test wickets. First cricketer to complete a test century and take a test hat-trick; and is the only player to do so in England and Australia test matches. Walk-up (as opposed to a run-up) of 2 steps. Timed at 44 seconds for a 5-ball over. Bowled a record 630 balls in a match in 1897 at Old Trafford. Made 14,002 runs (18.27), 10 centuries, took 259 catches and 2,212 wickets (15.95) in his career. Suffered from epilepsy. Died in Cheadle Royal Lunatic Asylum not long after his 39th birthday.
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Frith on Cricket

Half a Century of Writing

Author: David Frith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905080724

Category: Cricket

Page: 356

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'Frith On Cricket' is a broad collection of the best of David Frith's writings on the game's history, personalities and controversies. It draws from almost 40 years of description, investigation and comment on cricket's great occasions, the upheavals and the colourful personalities who have made the headlines.
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The Vincibles

A Suburban Cricket Season

Author: Gideon Haigh

Publisher: Victory Books

ISBN: 9780522859515

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

View: 1519

Meet Moof, Womble, Castaway, Churchyard and One Dad, a dog called Six Bits and a van known as the Bog Roll Express.Every summer weekend, the parks of Australia turn themselves over to countless thousands of club cricket matches. One of those clubs is the Yarras.This is the inside story of their most memorable season, told by the vice-president, chairman of selectors, newsletter editor, trivia-night quizmaster, karaoke impresario and club greyhound shareholder, Gideon Haigh.The Vincibles is about playing for love, winning with grace, losing with humour, valuing your community, and other anachronistic notions. It features 69 ducks and 257 dropped catches.(Not that we're counting.)The spirit of cricket isn't dead. It's just upped and moved to the suburbs.
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The Definitive Guide to Club Cricket

Author: Dan Whiting,Jack Brooks

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781535396714

Category:

Page: 170

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With nearly a million people playing our summer sport at a recreational level in 15,000 cricket clubs in the UK, The Definitive Guide to Club Cricket is an in depth look at some of the idiosyncratic individuals that pervade our clubs. From The Bent Umpire to The Strange Scorer, taking in the dangers of Park Pitches and Jug Avoidance, here are 57 fun-filled chapters that cover every aspect of the club game in an amusing fashion. A must-read for every club cricketer
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Greg Chappell: Fierce Focus

Author: Malcolm Knox,Greg Chappell

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1742702368

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 371

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Greg Chappell was the outstanding Australian batsman of his generation. Though he had an appetite for big scores, it was his calm brow and courtly manner that bowlers found just as disheartening. When he followed his brother Ian into the Australian captaincy, his feat of scoring centuries in each innings of his captaincy debut has been unequalled. After retiring he went into coaching, spending some time with South Australia and working as a consultant at Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy. In 2005 he was appointed coach of the Indian national cricket team on a two-year term—a stint that included a stormy public falling out with the captain, Sourav Ganguly. He has been Head Coach of Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and in 2010 Greg Chappell was made Cricket Australia’s first full-time selector and National Talent Manager—a position of unequalled power. In this book Greg Chappell will reflect upon how things have changed since he grew up playing cricket in his backyard with his brothers Ian and Trevor; how Australia’s fortunes have see-sawed over the years; the great teams and the great players; the scandals and the opportunities. He has been a cricketer, captain, commentator and selector—he has seen it all.
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A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Author: Titus O'Reily

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1743772661

Category: Humor

Page: 336

View: 9716

Covering League, Aussie Rules, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Swimming, Netball, Union, Quidditch and many more, Titus looks at how sport has united Australians and given them something to do in their spare time. Part history, part social commentary and part the ravings of a madman, Titus examines: League vs Union, what it says about you as a person Why it's the AFL's fault that Victorians are so awful How soccer is the biggest threat to Australia since Communism Can you not like sport and be an Australian? The etiquette of watching sport Cricket, is not boring, OK Sharon? Horse racing, not just about betting but mostly about betting The Olympics or why Australia is only important every four years
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Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Author: N.A

Publisher: Barefoot Books

ISBN: 1846865840

Category:

Page: N.A

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KP: The Autobiography

Author: Kevin Pietersen

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751557560

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 1481

The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February 2014, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier. The decision puzzled many observers - although the England team had failed miserably in the Ashes tour of 2013-14, Kevin was the tourists' leading run scorer across the series, and he remains the country's highest run scorer of all time across all formats of the game. Kevin reveals all in his autobiography, telling the stories behind the many other highs and lows of his incredible career. Giving readers the full story of his life, from his childhood in South Africa to his experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket, KP is an autobiography that entertains and fascinates readers in equal measure.
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