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Hedley Verity: Portrait of a Cricketer Hardcover – 1 Apr 2000
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This biography tells the story of a magnificent cricketing talent, which won for Hedley Verity such achievements as heading the English first-class average in his first season with Yorkshire, and twice taking ten wickets in an innings in consecutive seasons. Verity's mastery as a bowler was attested by his tally of 1,956 wickets, including 144 for England in less than ten years. His duels with the legendary Don Bradman revealed the full glory of his craft: in June 1934, at Lord's, he twice dismissed the great Australian to mastermind England's only victory over Australia at the headquarters of the English game in the 20th century. Verity's boyhood and early years in Yorkshire and Lancashire league cricket are covered at length, along with an Australian journal kept by him for his family and friends. The story ends with a graphic account of his heroism as a Green Howards officer in his last battle in Sicily during the Second World War.
About the Author
Alan Hill is a Yorkshire-born sports journalist and writer. His other books include biographies of Johnny Wardle - Verity's spin successor with Yorkshire and England - and Herbert Sutcliffe, with which he won the Cricket Society's Jubilee Literary Award for the second time in 1991.
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The saddest, and yet most interesting, read is Hill's account of his last days: Verity's bravery as a soldier, and his terrible bad luck that, having been initially saved, when wounded, by his men, he succumbed under surgery. Alas.