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Flannels on the Sward: History of Cricket in Americas(Black and White Edition) [Copertina flessibile]

Jayesh Patel

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8 gennaio 2014
Cricket - America's national game? It would have been! By 1859 cricket was being played in at least 22 states, in over 125 cities and towns, and the numbers of clubs were estimated to be around 1000, per Wilke's Spirit of the Times. An American topped the English bowling averages; cricket clearly was America's game. What happened then, to turn the tide in baseball's favor? America's cricketing capital Philadelphia, hosted teams from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and the West Indies. While early cricket evolved significantly in England, 'Wicket' its' precursor, continued to be played with the original technique for more than 300 years in Connecticut. Wherever the English went cricket followed, we find this in the early history of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay! The book showcases never-before seen pictures including art works and selected team scores depicting American cricket's glorious but unsung history.

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The author was an active cricketer in his younger days having played with state level cricketers and now reliving through his memorabilia collection and in the process going back further in time to discover the wonderful origins of cricket in America. Besides cricket, the author has worked in the Aerospace industry in Procurement/Project Engineering/Management for more than 15 years and now hoping to branch out into self-publishing with baby steps.

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5.0 su 5 stelle A Chronicle and a Narrative 10 febbraio 2014
Di JamieUSYCA - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
In "Flannels on the Sward," Jayesh Patel has created perhaps the most complete compilation of the match records of early cricket in the non-Caribbean Americas. In addition, he has knitted these match records together with anecdotes and larger events in such a way as to give the reader a near-complete picture of the game in the Western Hemisphere.

Nowhere else, to my recollection, can one find anything approaching a history of cricket in Central and South America, which, when tied in with the more familiar storylines from the USA and Canada, present a fuller view of the game in the Americas. Also, the chapter on John Barton King is perhaps the closest thing to a proper biography of the legendary American cricketer than has yet been written, which by itself makes this book special.

Extensively illustrated with dozens of vintage images, western cricket's short-lived triumphs and long-term challenges are explored in depth, and while never espousing a single, unified thesis, a number of possible reasons for the game's fits and starts are presented. What is clear is that the game follows the English wherever they go, and often dies out as soon as they move on, especially in Central and South America.

The game's inability to sink roots in the indigenous populations is a persistent theme, and continues as the major obstacle to growth to this day. It is hoped that one day a "Volume 2" will be added, where a new generation will have established cricket as a commonly-played sport among the people of the Americas. Time will tell.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Long time in the making....FINALLY! 13 gennaio 2014
Di M. Kowar - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The author has truley done his homework here, very factual on the history, and you will view never before shared photo's that you will not find in any cricket book to date. Meticulously researched, and written, absolutely a must have for every fan or anyone who has every played the game. Top notch.
4.0 su 5 stelle Reviewed by The Cricket Statistician Summer 2014 Issue. The Journal of The Association of Cricket Statisticians & Historians. 11 luglio 2014
Di Jay - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Book reviewed by Roger Heavens in the summer 2014 issue of ‘The Cricket Statistician’ published by ‘The Journal of the Association of Cricket Statisticians & Historians.’ Verdict – 8 (out of 10)

Although it needs a good edit to remove a number of duplicated items and correct various typos, this is one of the most interesting and thoughtful books that I have reviewed over the years. Mr. Patel was born in India, where cricket is played on every street corner (as I witnessed for myself on a recent trip to Mumbai), and on emigrating to America was disappointed to find little happening in that regard. I cannot imagine anything worse for a cricket fanatic, which is what Mr. Patel certainly is! He set about researching the history of the game on the American continent, and this book is the result.
The main text of the book deals with the origins of the game in Canada and the United States and cites most of the known early references, though in greater detail than most historical texts, plus many more which only an author residing in the USA is likely to find. There are a few gaps, but not many, and these are more than made up for by the new research. The beginning of the book deals in considerable detail with the differences between ‘cricket’ and ‘wicket.’ The latter was taken up enthusiastically by cricket historian Rowland Bowen as a forerunner to cricket; Mr. Patel, however, provides evidence that the game, although with many similarities, was a different sport. Many historians have claimed they are (probably) the same but it seems from the evidence quoted they were not, as they were played side by side for many years. The author, wisely, does not commit himself on this point, leaving the reader to decide. He tells me that his ongoing quest is ‘where and when did Wicket originate’ and is wondering if anyone in England has looked into the matter. Could you, or anyone you know, help him with this query?
His thoughts as to why cricket did not take off in America are also sensibly noncommittal, because it is difficult to pinpoint a specific reason. The game was on the cusp of becoming the most important ball game in the country but a combination of events, including independence, the civil war, and the marketing of baseball (certainly a British game, a point – known to most sports enthusiasts for at least 100 years but ignored by Americans – confirmed by the book) as the national game, all but destroyed it. Of course, cricket is still played, mainly in the Philadelphia area, and the Canada v USA series is the oldest continuing international fixture in the world. The book also considers the current status of the game in North America.
The latter part of the book deals with cricket in South America. Most of the information, which is somewhat limited, is provided by the various cricket associations of those countries, but in some cases there is new information that either supersedes or adds to the listing provided by Martin Wilson in his useful booklet First Cricket in…(Christopher Saunders 2009). The main additions are Costa Rica (1870), Peru (1859) and Uruguay (1842) and I can add Columbia (1882) from my research for the next volume of Scores and Biographies. Chilean Cricket on page 322 does not give itself enough historical credit as the reference to 1829 should actually be to 1818 (see page 54 of Wilson’s book). On the other hand, research at Lord’s show that Mexican cricket began in 1827, and not 1837 as indicated by Wilson (see page 66). There seems to me more scope to improve the information on South America. Guyana and Falkland Isles spring to mind, as they are or were British territories, and not all countries are covered. Anybody interested in cricket in the Americas should buy a copy of this volume. There is great potential for a follow-up book, which I hope Mr. Patel will produce in due course.
5.0 su 5 stelle Well written, interesting history 2 giugno 2014
Di Ron M - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Not having any knowledge of the game, I found this historical tribute very well written & interesting. The fact that it was the lead into to American Baseball was surprising to me.

Mr. Patel's book is a well written document that captures the history of Cricket in America leading up to the birth of baseball in America.
5.0 su 5 stelle An Excellent History of American Cricket 14 marzo 2014
Di Rajiv Madeka - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
A much needed chronicle about the history of cricket in America. The author has meticulously researched the beginning, the hey days and the downfall of American cricket. I highly recommend this must have book for all cricketing fans.

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