Review published on June 28, 2017.
If you have ever attended a cricket match, not necessarily a test match, you will a wide spectrum of spectators who love cricket, and some the associated drinking to go with it. But usually you will somewhere in the crowd a certifiable anorak, with different colour pens and highlighter marking up a score book, spreadsheet and recording runs, overs and more.
Cricket is a fantastic sport for collecting and collating facts; it always has been and always will be, a game that us quintessentially English that is loved by over a billion people. My grandfather was Polish and after the war fell in love with the game because he called it chess for sportsmen, every position thought out how you will attack and how to defend. Always remembering that some of the best laid plans sometimes go wrong.
Jo Harman has managed to pull together a fascinating book for all cricket fans, Cricket Allsorts, and is a record of the good the bad and the ugly, of the game. This wonderful addition to your sporting library is a witty and engaging read that pays tribute to some of the great records of the game and also the fantastic oddities that can be found in the sport.
It records some great championship seasons, and I note my beloved Lancashire CC is not amongst those, but maybe this year?! While the section on the good side of the game is interesting, it is always the bad that is the fun and funniest part, that you will more often than not quote to all those listening. Those players given awards for example who later found that it did not guarantee success, Mohammad Amir being a case in point.
A truly wonderful book for the cricket lover that will keep them entertained, especially for those long winter months when they have a face like a wet weekend in Wigan.
Paul Diggett 5/5
Cricketing Allsorts: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly by Jo Harman
Featherstone Education 9781472943446 hbk May 2017