THE CRICKET MATCH❴KINDLE❵ ✿ THE CRICKET MATCH Author Hugh de Selincourt – This book paints a detailed picture of Sussex village life by following its various characters over the course of a day that centres around a local cricket match From the players awakening in the vari This book paints a detailed picture of Sussex village life by following its various characters THE CRICKET PDF/EPUB ² over the course of a day that centres around a local cricket match From the players awakening in the various different circumstances of their individual lives to their assembling on the field the playing of the game and their eventual dispersing in the evening we are shown a lovely illustration of the human spirit with uncanny completeness An inspiring and beautiful text this volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in the essence of the human condition and it is a must have for any collectors of De SelinCourt's wonderful work The chapters of this book include 'Introduces the Village of Tilling Fold' 'Some Players Awaken' 'The Morning Passes' 'The Teams Assemble' 'Tillingfold Bat' 'The Tea Interval' 'Tillingfold Field' 'The Evening Passes and Night Falls' et cetera We are republishing this antiuarian volume now complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author. Long long ago before many of you were even a twinkle in your father's eye I read a slim book about cricket and enjoyed it Many years later I decided I'd like to re read it but I didn't know its name I carried out some research and discovered that there are very few works of fiction about cricket VERY few So I decided that The Cricket Match must have been the book I read so many years ago it wasn't but I still enjoyed itThis is a gentle book that progresses at the pace of an English summer with the buzzing of the bees and the sound of a hard ball hitting a willow bat It is the essence of an England that no longer exists except as you drive past some village green and watch the bowlers running up the field spread out the batsman all alone judging his shotWhen I was young I had no time for cricket I didn't really understand it then one day I was watching England play and Graham Thorpe was hit so soundly that he had to be stretchered off the field One of the commentators asked Geoffrey Boycott if that was allowed to which he replied The object of the game is to get the batsman out there's nothing to say how It was then that the whole thing clicked Cricket is War A man stands there alone with his bat as something akin to half a brick is thrown at him at tremendous speed He has to stand there guarding his wicket and making a score at best It is a game you have to work at to win Cricket is the game of the English Their empire grew out of the type of men who would give up a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to stand there and have deadly rocks thrown at them the dangers of the battlefield were as nought in comparison Cricket breeds courageous menThis delicious book takes you through one of these Match days A miscellaneous bunch of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life come together to play as a team The pace is gentle and steady with the odd exciting rush as a ball is missed or a hit is scored a ball bowled caught or is dropped This is an England that no longer exists except for on that field of green Delightful story of a village cricket match in the 1920's rightly considered the best ever fiction story on cricket Brought back wonderful memories of a match I played in England on a village cricket ground Something special for an Australian My father gave me this book in 1956 and I have read it several times It is a gentle story of life in a different era taking you right into the world of the 1920s through the context of the Village Cricket team and their Saturday afternoon match The characters spring to life and the description of the match gets you uite excited Towards the end of the 1980s the New Zealand historian J O C Phillips published his excellent history of New Zealand Pakeha masculinity A Man’s Country? and uickly came under fire from some of our conservative practitioners of the discipline for relying on novels for large sections of the discussion of 19th century male culture; this criticism confused the fictional with the unreal Hugh de Selincourt’s thoroughly enjoyable mid ‘20s comic novel about a village cricket match in the fictional Surrey village of Tillingford is a fine piece of evidence for why we should not do thatThe story turns around a match against a neighbouring village Raveley It has passion laughter joy and pleasure as well as disuiet over the seeming ‘ring in’ drama as the match draws to a close hero worship on the part of lads for the fathers and elders and what the British sports historians Dick Holt and Tony Mason called the “uiet harbours of casual exertion and sociability” that are sports clubs What is the novel takes place over the course of the day from players awakening to Tillingford fielding and the day drawing to a closeLight witty and with a sharp eye for both the foibles of the game and subtle and not so subtle hierarchies and relations of village life Even as the game plays itself out and class relations spread across the oval – itself a solely masculine space – competency and civility weave together to ensure that feelings are as much as possible not hurt while doing as much as can be done to enhance the chance of winning This is a fabulous study of the cultural order that is sport and the social order that is the village In short it is excellent evidence that Phillips’ critics were wrong and the novel and fine historical source On top of that it is a delightful read I had been meaning to read this book for uite some time and when I started it I gobbled it up in one goThe narrative is free flowing and the language used is easy At times its almost as if you are reading the transcript of a commentary It reminds you of a far simpler times Times when you had no worries All the worries belonged outside those boundary ropes Inside those hallowed ropes you were just another player free from social conventions and titles Ironically inside those ropes you were free If you have ever loved or played a team sport you will relate to this book for sure And to all the Cricket lovers do read this book It would make you fall in love with cricket all over again My word it would delight you to no end I first read this book as a teenager I loved it for the depiction of the match itself I almost found myself playing every shot and fielding every ball wrapped in the intensity of it But re reading it again as an adult revealed a richer picture the nuances of class differences the varied notions of sportsmanship and feelings for the game The portrayal of the match is still gripping but the vivid picture it presents of a life long gone and I live about 20 miles from the real life Tillingfold so it's an area I know well and the pen portraits of the players mean that this than a book about sport An American could read this and not be totally lost and could understand something profound about the English psyche A good conceit to show the liferelationships in a village through preparations for and playing of a cricket match but didn't work for me Dialogue very strange at times and I wondered if a was reading a book for children at the beginning Don't find sports commentaries very interesting either second half of the book is account of the match itself

  • Paperback
  • 254 pages
  • Hugh de Selincourt
  • English
  • 08 February 2014
  • 9781406794939