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Cricket in Wales
An Illustrated History
This book is an illustrated history of cricket in Wales, tracing the evolution of, and the fundamental role of the game in the culture and social history of the Principality. Indeed, cricket was the first team game to be played in Wales, with the first record of a match taking place dating back to 1783. During the 19th century its development helped to unite communities, and provide a common bond for the people of diverse origins who had found their way to the booming towns and cities. Cricket also had a special place in the rural communities, with games being played at folk festivals and other gatherings, and this book illustrates how these informal games, as well as the successes of Glamorgan CCC and other Welsh teams, have brought great pride and joy to the nation.
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'This is a most interesting book which covers the development of the game of cricket in Wales from its very early days right up to the present. The story which it tells will certainly be enjoyed by Welsh cricket lovers. At the end there are some 50 photographs of various cricket teams ranging from Builth Wells circa 1860 to Glamorgan Totesport Champions in 2004. These show a wondrous variety of poses, hairstyles, hats, caps and blazers of all descriptions. An admirable way to close a comprehensive history of the game which has given pleasure to many.' Griffith Philipps, Cambria 'This book is comprehensive, covering the history of the game in Wales, with dozens of interesting photographs, monochrome and colour, many showing local teams from different periods. As a chronicle of cricket in Wales, it is not likely to be surpassed. It is well-written. As well as being informative, it is entertaining.' John Idris Jones, Planet 'Andrew Hignell's book is an impressive history of cricket in the principality, documenting the first recorded game in Carmarthenshire during 1783 through to the present day.' All Out Cricket magazine, March 2009 'It is evident that this fine volume is the product of extensive research, based at is on a rich vein of primary and secondary source material. Its appearance has also been timed to perfection, given the imminence of Cardiff's hosting of the first Ashes test match in July 2009. Whatever the outcome of the latter, Hignell has done the game in Wales inestimable service by producing a lucid work of synthesis which, in contrast to many catches, readers will find difficulty in putting down.' Jeff Childs, Morgannwg Volume LII, 2008