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Good breadth, maybe lacks depth,
This review is from: Yorkshire CCC Classic Matches: 50 Classic Matches (Paperback)
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.