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Cricket's Strangest Matches (Strangest Series) Paperback – 7 Sep 1999

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861052936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861052933
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sports fanatic, journalist and inveterate chronicler of the weird, Andrew Ward is the author of Football's Strangest Matches, Cricket's Strangest Matches, Golf's Strangest Rounds, Bridge's Strangest Games and Horse Racing's Strangest Races.


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This is a cracking read for cricket fans.The stories demonstrate the quirky nature ( & some might say, the madness) of those who play & indeed watch the game. Tales of matches between one legged & one armed cricketers,cricket on ice,even smokers against non smokers are amongst those you will find inside. This is an entertaining book that you can either dip in & out of, or read in one go (it's the kind of book that makes excellent pool side reading on holiday,accompanied by a pint of ice cold lager,or alternatively with a pint of bitter in front of the fire on those cold winter nights).
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This book covers all sorts of unusual matches, not all first-class. Some of them are well-known, e.g. the Tied Test, others less so. Some of the oddness is intrinsic to the game, e.g. dramatic batting collapses, some stories are about bending the rules (Brian Rose's declaration after one ball, or the infamous Trevor Chappell underarm delivery) and some are just plain odd ("flying ants stopped play"). There are two main drawbacks to an otherwise entertaining book:
-Some of these matches are so famous that it's difficult to say anything new about them.
-The editing and proof-reading are dreadfully slipshod. This applies not only to the main text, but also to the scorecards reproduced. Those of us who love cricket stats love accuracy to detail (probably for deep dark psychological reasons) and it just gets plain annoying to meet a glaring error on nearly every page.
This is not a bad stocking-filler for a cricket buff, but it's definitely not up to Wisden standard.
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Cricket's Strangest Matches follows the template of Ward's Strangest Series in presenting incidents and vignettes in a chronological fashion. Broken down into short pieces these matches are entertaining and you can dip in and out as you wish. The print and paper quality of the book could be a little higher, and without an overarching narrative or theme you may not race through it. But for the sheer range of tales and amount of research that went into gathering them, this is a comprehensive, fun and quirky book that would be ideal as a stocking filler.
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This book contains details of some of the strangest cricket matches of all time, each one described across a few pages and then a scorecard to show the detail. It's in chronological order so the only players I had heard of were towards the end. It's easy to read a few pages of the book at a time and then leave it for ages before dipping back in.

In terms of what constitutes strange... there's the obvious ones such as biggest score, fastest score, biggest victory etc, but there's also games where all players have the same name, a 40-man farmer team, a smokers v non-smokers game. For me, I wasn't too interested in the strange ones but I did like the stories about the games which made the history of the game - eg. the timeless tests when players had to finish to get the boat home etc.

It's not up there with Wisden but enjoyable nevertheless.
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By Andrew on 17 April 2006
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This is the sort of book you can read for five minutes and then put down (which has its advantages and disadvantages) but never really gripped me, despite being about one of my favourite things. I found that some of the stories got a little bit repetitive and monotonous after a while, but for someone who remembers useful facts(!) it was qutie interesting to hear of some of the stranger things that have happened in this game. Personally I think the price offered by amazon is very good value, but I think there are better books around.
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Andrew Ward's book "Cricket's Strangest Matches" is very interesting and informative, with details of particular matches played from the years 1837 to 2001. It includes scorecards and some amazing facts and therefore I suppose it really is recommended for devotees of the game only.
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Bought as a gift for a cricket fan. They loved it. Makes very good light reading. Would buy for any other cricket fans I know.
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This was bought for someone else so I am unable to give a comment about the content. the short stories are good to dip into.
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