Not Out First Ball - Roger Morgan-Grenville & Richard Perkins

Not Out First Ball - Roger Morgan-Grenville & Richard Perkins
Not Out First Ball - Roger Morgan-Grenville & Richard Perkins

A delightful and witty book that is also a love letter to cricket, through the story of an accidental club that lasted
25 years and 263 matches longer than it ever meant to.

Foreword by David Gower, former Captain of the England Cricket Team with 117 Test matches under his belt.

A laugh-out-loud manifesto for anyone who has ever silently sobbed at the sight of their off stump cartwheeling off into the distance.

‘To field idly at long off in the evening sunshine is to peep back over the wall to when things moved slower, cost less and didn’t always need to signify something. At a time of digital abundance, the whole glorious point of cricket is that so much of it is utterly pointless.’

Not everyone can be a true sporting hero. Most of us lost out in life’s sporting lottery, and we have to find whatever virtue we can in effort and incompetence.

This book is for every cricketer who has ever thrown their bat onto an autumn bonfire in disgust, and for any woman who has ever let the cricket monster into her life during the summer.

Roger Morgan-Grenville and Richard Perkins have written a book that is not only funny but also immensely insightful and profound. All cricketers (and their wives) will identify with the author’s experiences and those of his teammates.


Roger is 52, has a career batting average of 14.286 and sells kitchen stuff. Richard is 55, has a career bowling average of 36.585 and sells trees.


Bene Factum Publishing - Hardback - 160 pages
£9.99- out 9th August 2012 - pre-order here

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