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Six of the Best: Cricket's Most Famous Over Hardcover – 29 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Celluloid Ltd (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954596137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954596132
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A detailed, illuminating and timely account...an engrossing, well-written record of human interest, with the humour as well as the anguish." -- West Country Life magazine

"A fascinating and alternative insight into one of cricket's most legendary moments." -- Lincolnshire Echo

"An informed and interesting, well-written book." -- Cricket Memorabilia Society

"An outstandlingly in-depth review of a five-minute event which, even 40 years on, is still remembered so vividly by so many cricket lovers."
-- Western Daily Press

"My cricket book of the year...the skillfully wrought Six of the Best is the nearest I can imagine to a perfect book." -- Frank Keating, The Oldie Magazine

"Not many five-minute passages of sport inspire a 223-page book. This handsome little volume tells the story of what the author reasonably claims to be cricket's most famous over." -- The Independent

"One of the finest cricket books of 2008...smashing stuff in every sense." -- The Daily Telegraph

"Six balls, six sixes, one fascinating book...Grahame Lloyd tells, grippingly, the story of one of the most celebrated overs in cricket."
-- Cricinfo

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"Cricket enthusiasts everywhere will love it."

"Not many five-minute passages of sport inspire a 223-page book. This handsome little volume tells the story of what the author reasonably claims to be cricket's most famous over."

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Six of the Best: Cricket's Most Famous Over

1) A FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF AN ICONIC SPORTING MOMENT BY RESPECTED WELSH JOURNALIST, GRAHAME LLOYD.
2) A SEPARATE CHAPTER TREATS EACH BALL ON ITS MERIT(WHICH IS MORE THAN SOBERS DID).
3) THE BOOK HAS EXCELLENT INTERVIEWS WITH ALL SURVIVING PLAYERS INVOLVED IN THE MATCH.(NASH IS MAGNANIMOUS AND SOBERS MODEST.)
4) A SUB PLOT GIVES THE STORY OF HOW BBC WALES FILMED THIS HISTORIC OVER FOR POSTERITY.
5) A CHAPTER IS ALSO GIVEN TO PLAYERS WHO HAVE SINCE REPEATED THIS FEAT.
6) THIS BOOK IS AN AMAZING READ,IF YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ALL THE FACTS, THINK AGAIN! LOVINGLY RESEARCHED, THE AUTHORS ENTHUSIASM SHINES THROUGH.
I THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND THE BOOK TO ALL CRICKET AND SPORT LOVERS! SUPERB!
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This is a marvellous little book. In it, Lloyd provides a wonderfully detailed discussion of Garry Sobers' six sixes off Malcolm Nash's bowling at Swansea in 1968. This is perhaps the most iconic cricketing moment of all time, and as such deserves this level of attention, surprising though it may seem to construct a whole book from a single over! The life and times of the legendary Sobers are, of course, well catalogued elsewhere, but this book brings a different perspective - largely that of those who played with and against him. Also, the name of Malcolm Nash will forever be linked with that of the more illustrious Sobers and this book pays fitting tribute to a loyal and talented county cricketer, who played his own, albeit unwitting part in creating cricket history.

Lloyd has interviewed all the surviving players, including Sobers and Nash, and provides fascinating background on the exploits of previous big hitters, subsequent batsmen who've hit 6x6, and a well-researched background on all the players taking part, the fortunes of the two counties, and the state of cricket in 1968. Lloyd admits that he did wonder how he could make a book out of just 6 balls, but he's achieved it superbly - a great read for all cricket fans.
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Sobers' achievement of being the first person to hit six sixes in a six-ball over is one of cricket's best-known facts: in the top six, perhaps, along with Laker's 19 wickets in a Test and Lara's score of 501*. Then there is the coincidence that when this feat was repeated in 1985 for the second (and last) time in first-class cricket, there would soon be another connection with Glamorgan. Let us not forget also that Malcolm Nash, the suffering bowler, was himself no mean six-hitter.

Grahame Lloyd made the challenging decision to frame his book around this one over. He succeeds with a very well researched account and adds interest by recalling other big-hitting exploits down the years. Two particular matters worked in his favour. First, BBC film exists of the over so there are no differing opinions about where the shots were played, as is the case with some of the hits allegedly over the old lime tree at Canterbury. Secondly, forty years after the event, twenty of the players involved were available to add their observations with hindsight and perspective. So we now know what the non-striker was thinking, or now thinks he was thinking in 1968.

Here is the perfect opportunity to refresh your memory about those amazing few minutes.
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I enjoyed this enormously! The narrow focus on just one over could have been a problem, but instead it's a positive. It gives a real tightness to the book, and the research is impeccable and terrifically detailed.

Obviously sports books which focus on historical events can sometimes exclude a big part of the audience if they don't actually flesh the players out as real people and give it a proper context. I was born in 1968 so I know many of the names, but I think Jones the opener is the only player I can actually recall seeing, so I could have been one of the people who were excluded. However, I certainly wasn't-it was fascinating and I was really drawn into the narrative, even though of course I knew exactly what the outcome would be! The stories from beyond the boundary, from the accidental recording of the game to the boy finding the ball in the street, round it out perfectly.

Highly enjoyable stuff!
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In this increasingly frenetic cricketing age, when clearing the boundary is the expected (and, of course, sponsored) norm, it is refreshing to be able to step back in time courtesy of Grahame Lloyd's excellent book and to explore six hitting of a different, joyous nature; to see Garry Sobers' then unique achievement of hitting 6 sixes in a single over in the context of a different age.
How did Sobers' pre season wager as to Nottinghamshire's expected progress under his positive leadership play a part (it was a champagne moment in more ways than one) and just what was the impact on the spectators and the wider cricketing community as the world's greatest cricketer found the grail of the perfect over?
Indeed, there are many differing human elements to the tale, from the seemingly unblinking optimism of the bowler, still trying to dismiss rather than contain as the over came to its tumultuous conclusion, to the non striker's desperate wish to partake, to the joy and honesty of the lad who found the ball deposited into a nearby street.
But was it the ball in question? Was Sobers in fact dismissed during the over? The angles explored by Lloyd are many and varied, always placed within historical context and entwined with contemporary and reflective observations from the participants
Recommended
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