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on 21 October 2016
I am already well into the book and am starting to think that I must ration myself so that I do not arrive at page 205 too soon!

I am enjoying the easy style in which it is written, with all sorts of amusing asides here and there.
I remember Cowdrey and May, Laker and Lock, and the incredible 10 for 53 by Laker. But little did I know, until reading Spirit on the Water, that Laker was repeating the performance of Charles Lawrence for Scotland against an all England side.

Nothing compared with 'Twopenny' taking 9 for 9 in the first innings and 6 for 7 in the second for the Australian Aborigine touring side against East Hampshire in 1868! I loved the description of the fielder who did not offer for some time to go for the ball, and when he started it was at a slow pace...

All such fun.
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on 2 March 2015
I’m afraid this book didn’t really do it for me. I was looking forward to reading about some extraordinary cricket tours, as the title suggests, but most of the book was light-hearted humour which kept drifting off topic. Of the eleven tours, three are from the author’s own side – I’m sure those chapters are entertaining if you know the chaps involved, but I wasn’t interested in what the author had to drink or who was late. In the eight remaining chapters there are glimpses of interesting cricket history, but the short chapters go off on many irrelevant tangents. I finished the book without much more insight into the cricket tours than when I began.
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on 2 June 2011
If you enjoyed Mike's previous book, Not Dark Yet, then you will definitely enjoy this book. In fact,if you enjoy cricket writings from the likes of Markus Berkman, Gideon Haigh or Bumble then this will appeal to you very much.
The stories of the various tours are interesting and amusing, the Ash Tree CC tours are particularly well observed since Mike was a participant tourist,but equally the other tours are described with Mike's usual style and sharp wit.
A thoroughly enjoyable read,a must for the beach or boundary.
Good areas Mike !
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on 25 August 2011
Following the success of `Not Dark Yet', Mike Harfield's second book contains entertaining and informed accounts of a diverse selection of cricket tours, ancient and modern, professional and amateur. Harfield's Eleven includes the extraordinary story of the Aborigine tour of England in 1868, several famous epics including the West Indies in Australia in 1960/61 and Australia in India in 2000/01, and three adventures involving his own local club, Ash Tree CC in Cheshire. The author excels in setting each tour in a broad context, so, for example, we hear from Mandy Rice-Davies and Christine Keeler in 1963 and from Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill in 1984. However, Harfield's love and knowledge of cricket shine through in all of his descriptions of the achievements, weaknesses and idiosyncracies of the many teams and players featured in the book, from immortals such as Trueman, Hammond and Viv Richards to mortals from Ash Tree CC. Always entertaining, this book is as satisfying as an all run four off Dennis Lillee in his prime.
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on 4 July 2014
Lovely little book, written with a lot of humour, telling some great tales of cricket exploits
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on 3 January 2016
Quite funny
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