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The Cricket Match [Kindle Edition]

Hugh De Selincourt
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Through the medium of a cricket match the author endeavours to give a glimpse of life in a Sussex village. First we have a bird's-eye view at dawn of the village nestling under the Downs then we see the players awaken in all widely different circumstance of their various lives, pass the morning, assemble on the field, play their game, united for a few hours, as men should be, by a common purpose - and at night disperse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406794937
  • Publisher: Pomona Press (16 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TGIAL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Game of Cricket 28 Feb. 2006
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As this is written in the pre-Crash 1930's it contains that era's style and class - as such it has a wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere of a more naive and less troubled time. It tells the story of two teams gathering on a fine summer's Saturday for a village cricket match. The game is played out with successes and failures to an exciting end result and a final drink in the pub as the sun goes down. The book is an excellent vehicle for all kinds of characters from all classes brought level by cricket. The confident club Freddie Flintoff plays alongside the toff and the hearty blacksmith. The well to-do middle class geezer experiences dire crises of confidence at the crease and the fit young lad goes at it like a bull in a china shop. The game see-saws this way and that. This is a delightful book. Anyone with an interest in cricket will want to read it - will find it hard to put down. It's the best novel about cricket ever written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful evocative story 18 July 2006
This book brings back life in the early part of the century centered around a village cricket match. The characters are beautifully brought to life, each knowing his or her own place in the world.

The increasing tension develops through the slow dawning of the day of the match, and continues through the match itself. The cricket story is wonderful, exciting and full of drama but the context in a passed time is brought across too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Village cricket 16 Nov. 2010
The cricket match is a fantastic read for anyone who has played or is playing village cricket in the true sense of the word. The characters there can still be identified in any village game nearly 90 years after it was written. Not ot be missed!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure England! 27 Aug. 2012
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Long, long ago, before many of you were even a twinkle in your father's eye, I read a slim book about cricket.... and enjoyed it. Many years later I decided I'd like to re-read it - but I didn't know its name. I carried out some research and discovered that there are very few works of fiction about cricket... VERY few! So I decided that "The Cricket Match" must have been the book I read so many years ago... it wasn't, but I still enjoyed it.
This is a gentle book that progresses at the pace of an English summer with the buzzing of the bees and the sound of a hard ball hitting a willow bat. It is the essence of an England that no longer exists except as you drive past some village green and watch the bowlers running up... the field spread out... the batsman, all alone, judging his shot.
When I was young I had no time for cricket - I didn't really understand it - then one day I was watching England play and Graham Thorpe was hit so soundly that he had to be stretchered off the field. One of the commentators asked Geoffrey Boycott if that was allowed, to which he replied, "The object of the game is to get the batsman out - there's nothing to say how!". It was then that the whole thing clicked. Cricket is War! A man stands there, alone, with his bat as something akin to half a brick is thrown at him at tremendous speed. He has to stand there, guarding his wicket and making a score (at best). It is a game you have to work at to win. Cricket is the game of the English. Their empire grew out of the type of men who would give up a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to stand there and have deadly "rocks thrown at them... the dangers of the battlefield were as nought in comparison. Cricket breeds courageous men.
This delicious book takes you through one of these Match days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Village cricket club. 3 Jun. 2014
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A well written characterisation of the Village Cricketers and their associates of the Early thirties.
An enjoyable read..

Hugh de Selincourt must have enjoyed his cricket as the descriptive account of the Tillingfold match is second only to J.C.Masterman and his involvement with cricket.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Tillingfold game and the associated characters involved, bringing back my memories of childhood.
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This is a brilliant book which would appeal even to non cricket lovers. Although originally written in the 1920's anyone who grew up in a village with a cricket team will instantly recognize all the characters and the inter team/village rivalry. Hugh de Selincourt has described rural life that was still recognizable in the 1980's. A total joy to read.
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