I thought some people who visit this site might be interested in a book I have written, just published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians, about the development of cricket in Yorkshire in the 19th century – called ‘A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power’.
It examines the foundations of Yorkshire’s cricketing prowess back where it started, in the 19th century. It focuses on the period between the opening of the first purpose-built commercial cricket ground in Sheffield in 1822 to the early 1890s, when the county club was reformed, league cricket took off, and a number of great players came to the fore.
It considers what the game meant to people, how it developed, how local clubs were organised and financed, and why some formats of the game were more popular than others. It also looks at how the best players made it to the county side, examines Yorkshire cricket crowds, and considers the role of press coverage in popularising cricket. It ends by outlining how the county club overcame the longstanding differences between Sheffield and other parts of the county so that the full potential of Yorkshire cricket could emerge.
336 pages, with 40 photographs, and published in paperback.
Full price is £20 but I have a few copies to sell for £15 including postage. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org