All Wickets Great and Small - John Fuller
John Fuller has compiled his 2015 journey across cities and dales to meet the people involved in amateur cricket in Yorkshire into 'All Wickets Great and Small'.
Passion for the game runs deep in Yorkshire, well beyond those in whites and to the groundsmen, tea ladies, scorers and umpires who make sure the game stays strong.
In this book, Fuller examines the key issues that affect the grassroots game, from the struggles to attract players, shortages in funding, natural disasters and social dynamics that make a captain's job on a Saturday so difficult.
He asks the question whether it can survive and indeed thrive, from vicars and imams hitting sixes in Dewsbury to heritage clubs making waves on social media, this is a story of sleeves-rolled-up cricket at its best, a winning combination of rail travel, cricket teas and tales from pavilions across the county.
The book features, among many other things:
- The derelict amphitheatre set for transformation at Bradford Park Avenue
- T20 and Tigers at a mental hospital in York
- An octogenerian county cricketer
- Vertigo and views from England's highest league ground
- The historic last ever game in the Central Yorkshire League
- The introduction of Yorkshire's youngest club
- Vicars and imams coming together for cricket in Dewsbury
John Fuller is a an author and freelance journalist who writes for The Cricketer and All Out Cricket and is the owner of CricketYorkshire.com.
He is a member of the Cricket Writers' Club, offers bowlers a cheap wicket and has a PhD in cricket teas.
Paperback: 224 pages
Published: 26th May 2016, Pitch Publishing