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A Cricketers Idyll, 27 Oct. 2010
Duncan Hamilton has followed up his brilliant biography of Harold Larwood with a delightful trawl through the 2009 cricket season taking in first-class, Lancashire League and Village Cup. Hamilton is particularly keen on the County Championship and has some concerns about its survival. He finds the four day match much to his liking even though at times attendances are sparse. However, with his splendid prose and his obvious love of the game, he paints some beautiful pictures with which all serious cricket watchers can identify. He has concerns about the effect that Twenty Twenty might have on cricket in the future but remembers the similar gloomy forecasts expressed by well known writers of the game when the Sunday League was introduced forty years ago. Cricket in the form Hamilton prefers survived that period and eventually all lovers of the game found space for the truncated version. The book is very well laid out with excellent appendages and index. Short listed for the William Hill Sports Book of 2010, Hamilton could well do the "hat trick" having won this prestigious award with masterpieces about Brian Clough(2007) and Harold Larwood(2009). This book takes the form of historical reminiscences, personal memories and up to date comment and opinion and is dedicated to Hamilton`s grandfather who taught him to love both cricket and libraries. Highy recommended.