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Yorkshire CCC Classic Matches: 50 Classic Matches [Paperback]

Mick Pope
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15 April 2007
Re-live the significant matches in the history of county cricket in Yorkshire. From the first match (against Norfolk in 1833) through to the epic win against Leicestershire in 2005, this volume recalls the thrills and spills of fifty memorable encounters.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (15 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752437879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752437873
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Pope was born in 1964 in Swinton, Yorkshire and has lived in the county all his life. He is a confirmed cricket fanatic and loves the glorious English game, especially his beloved Yorkshire CCC.

He wrote his first book "The Laughing Cricket of Wombwell" (a biography of Roy Kilner) in 1990 and since then has written a further five books with "Headingley Ghosts" (a collection of over 60 Yorkshire cricket tragedies) being his most recent work in Yorkshire CCC's 150th anniversary year. His other works include: "Tragic White Roses" (a self published biography of Alonzo Drake and Major Booth); "Yorkshire County Cricket Club" (the Archive Photography Series) and two books co-written with Paul Dyson: "Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 100 Greats" and "Yorkshire County Cricket Club: Classic Matches". Mick has won the J.M.Kilburn Cricket Writer of the Year Award in 1997 as well as being the Joint Winner of the 2011 Don Ambrose Memorial Prize for the best article in the ACS's Cricket Statistician Journal. His articles are also regularly featured in the Yorkshire CCC Yearbook, the ACS Cricket Statistician, Wombwell Cricket Lovers' "The Twelfth Man" magazine and The Cricket Society Journal.

As well as cricket writing, Mick is also Hon.Secretary of Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society, a long-standing member of Yorkshire CCC and a serving member of the YCCC Archives Committee. Mick has also been a committee member of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) between 1994-2006.

Mick Pope's Headingley Ghosts has been nominated for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2014 and accepted for the long list.

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Mick Pope and Paul Dyson are two of Yorkshire cricket's most prominent historians. They have written several books, both individually and in collaboration.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good breadth, maybe lacks depth 7 Mar 2009
The title tells you most of what you need to know! The authors are cricket historians and have selected 50 matches from throughout Yorkshire's history. There's always a danger that books such as this will have one game from the 1930s, one from the 1950s and the remainder from the last 20 years, but the authors have almost over-compensated with most games coming from the 1930s and 1960s but a very even distribution from the 1860s onwards (and even one from 1833).
The format is 2-3 pages per match, with some context, a description of the ebbs and flows of the game, several pictures and a scorecard. It's easy to read 2-3 at a go but hard to read more as you start to lose track of which game you're reading about, so this is ideal for when you have 10-15 minutes free.
What riches the authors have to choose from - Boycott, Trueman, Hutton, Hedley Verity, Lord Hawke, Percy Holmes, Herbert Sutcliffe, Ray Illingworth ... I can't really comment on the selection of matches, but given what placid and easy-going folk Yorkshiremen are, I am sure nobody would argue with the choice. (Yes, I am being ironic!) The biggest surprise to me was that there were not more of the famous Roses matches. There must have been more classic matches involving Yorkshire that they lost, but as the realistic audience for this will be followers of the White Rose I suppose that is implausible.
My only gripe would be that 2-3 pages per match only allows the briefest description and I couldn't really say the games lived in my memory for long. Perhaps the publishers should have considered 10 classic matches with more depth and colour?
Good reading value for any cricket fan.
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