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10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the Story of Cricket’s Greatest Bowling Feat [Kindle Edition]

Chris Waters
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Book Description

Hedley Verity was one of Yorkshire and England's greatest cricketers. In a career that ran from 1930 to 1939, the left-arm spin bowler took 1,956 wickets at an average of 14.90. Verity was chiefly responsible for England's only Ashes victory at Lord's in the 20th century, when his 15 wickets helped to win the 1934 Test - 14 of them captured in a single day. And he dismissed the legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman more times than anyone in Test cricket, claiming his wicket on eight occasions - and a record-equalling 10 times in first class cricket. But the high-water mark of Verity's career came during a long-forgotten County Championship match in 1932. On the Headingley ground near his birthplace, Verity returned staggering figures of 10 for 10 against Nottinghamshire - a world record that still stands.

Now, for the first time, the story of this amazing game has been told as Chris Waters narrates it in relation to Verity's career - a career that ended with the outbreak of a war in which Verity was tragically killed at the age of 38.

Warm and wistful, charming and colourful, 10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the story of cricket's greatest bowling feathonours the history of our summer sport.

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One of the great cricket books... as good as cricket book literature gets
- Cricket Web

An amazing story very well told
- Richard Hobson, The Times

A must read
- David 'Bumble' Lloyd, Daily Mail

A little gem
- Independent on Sunday

- Cricinfo

Warm portrayal of Verity by the excellent Chris Waters
- Peter Hayter, Cricket Paper

Showing great originality, Chris Waters has found a way of shining a new light on the man and his art... Delightful
- The Cricketer

Compellingly written. The author's respect for his subject and his passion for the game's history shine through --Association of Cricket Statisticians

About the Author

Chris Waters is the cricket correspondent of the Yorkshire Post. His first book, Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography was the 2012 Wisden Book of the Year, the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year and the British Sports Book Awards Cricket Book of the Year.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14340 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472908902
  • Publisher: Wisden; 1 edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing Hedley Verity justice... 2 July 2014
Doing someone as heroic as Hedley Verity justice in print is an unenviable task, but it is one that Chris Waters manages with aplomb in 10 for 10.

As a bit of a Hedley Verity geek, I had worried about how a book essentially about one innings of a cricket match would work, but I needn't have. Waters sets the scene superbly so by the time the innings in question starts, you have a real feel of the era and the context of the match, as well as the characters - of which there were many - on show at Headingley. 10 for 10 reminded me very much of David Frith's seminal Bodyline Autopsy in its meticulous research and the way in which it made me feel I was present at a match that occurred decades before I was born.

The book is a maybe a little on the short side. That may count against it for some readers/reviewers, but for me this is yet another of the book's strengths. Waters rightly doesn't feel the need to pad out the book for the sake of it, which means it rattles along at an impressive pace and is never anything other than absorbing (with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments when describing the actions or remarks of some of the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire players).

Among British sportsmen and women, Hedley Verity is peerless as far as I'm concerned. It's been a while since his story was told in print - too long, if truth be told. Thankfully Chris Waters has more than made up for that, and has expertly introduced Hedley Verity's story to a new generation of cricket fans. Hopefully the overdue recognition (given the lack of it for his Fred Trueman book) at the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Awards awaits.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headley Veritys 10 for 10 20 July 2014
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A fascinating book full of legendary Yorkshire cricket characters . this book captures the humility of Verity a true cricket GREAT, whose deeds still resonate with cricket fans and historians. The nicely round 10 for 10 as the author says makes the figures more remarkable. I really thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any cricket fan no matter which county you support.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10. An Elegy and a Eulogy 4 Aug. 2014
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This is both an extended eulogy to the greatness of Hedley Verity as a cricketer and a man, and a wistful elegy to a lost era of English cricket before the Second World War. It is Monday 11 July 1932. Donald Bradman is the undisputed king of world cricket and Yorkshire are the kings of the English game. Europe is poised between emerging from the Great Depression and descending into brutal conflagration, and cricket is at its own pivot between its Golden Age and the acrimony of the Bodyline series, which is just a few months away. At Headingley, it is pouring with rain, and in an age of uncovered wickets when most spinners would be licking their lips, Hedley Verity is expecting "some fun" but regretting that his work will be too easy the next day. In fact it was going to be easier than for any bowler before or since, as he made hay on a drying pitch to pinch all ten Nottinghamshire second innings wickets for exactly ten runs. The perfection of the figures is beautiful and appropriate, and has never been matched or bettered. Chris Waters takes us forensically through the background, the build-up, the match itself, and the shocking aftermath, and if this sometimes feels like a small subject spun-out into a book-sized delivery, the power of the Hedley Verity story makes this a compelling read all the way through to the close. For me, born in 1960 (and in Lancashire), names like Verity, Leyland, Sutcliffe and Rhodes, were always known (along with their records), but what "10 for 10" does most effectively is to bring these long-gone heroes back to life, and allows us all to wallow in a Golden Age, long ago.
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I didn't know too much about Verity but this book has changed everything. Sometimes you hope records will never be broken again. This is one of them. 10 for 10 are amazing figures. The book is very well written and gives a good view about Verity's career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well reseached and an excellent read 19 Oct. 2014
A very well researched book, Waters has pulled together the full story concerning probably the greatest feat ever achieved in cricket at any level.

Waters sets the scene, describing the match in some detail and he offers a full post mortem and run down of the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire teams that took part in making this historical cricketing landmark. The content will entertain cricket fans regardless of county loyalty or nationality.

Verity was one of those great sports stars and gentlemen whose career was shortened and ultimately ended by the hostilities of the Second World War but, thanks to Waters, the achievements and the memory of Hedley Verity will be passed on for generations to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Read the first ten pages and I defy anyone who loves cricket,the spirit of cricket, and admires all things positive about the human condition not to purchase a copy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 3 Sept. 2014
Really well researched and well written book just slightly sorry was not a bit longer but overall the best cricket book I can recall reading.
I was also surprised to read that Yorkshire had something as ‘nampy pamby’ as a masseuse in the 1930’s
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A very interesting account of his achievement and also of his life. One of the truly great bowlers in a great Yorkshire side. Required reading for anyone interested in the history of cricket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and a worthy writeup on an important set ...
Well researched and a worthy writeup on an important set of cricket statistics. What at tragedy he was lost in the war
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Purchased as present for a friend, so haven't read it myself. But friend thought the book was first class, as a former player and umpire, I value his opinion.
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