Nowt stops for cricket in Yorkshire. Passion runs deep, beyond those in whites, to the groundsmen, tea ladies, scorers and umpires who embody the game.
All Wickets Great and Small is a journey across cities and dales to meet those involved with amateur cricket in Yorkshire during the summer of 2015.
Author John Fuller looks at the key issues affecting the grassroots game: the struggles to attract players, funding shortages, natural disasters and the social dynamics that can threaten a captain's XI on a Saturday.
What shape is recreational cricket in and can it still survive and thrive? From vicars and imams socking sixes in Dewsbury to heritage clubs hitting social media out of the park, this is the story of sleeves-rolled-up cricket at its best.
From Skipton to Scarborough and Bradford to Bolton Abbey, All Wickets Great and Small is a winning combination of rail travel and cricket teas with a chance to uncover tales from pavilions across the county.
The book includes:
• The derelict amphitheatre set for transformation at Bradford Park Avenue
• T20 and Tigers at a York mental hospital
• Meet the octogenarian county cricketer
• Vertigo and views at England's highest league cricket ground
• Historic final ever match of the Central Yorkshire League
• A groundsman's devotion at a stunning village club
• Introducing Yorkshire's youngest cricket club
• Vicars and imams unite for cricket in Dewsbury
There's also a chapter in the book on last year's Scarborough Cricket Festival with a fond memory of visiting Oriel Crescent a few years before.
Chapter details, grounds visited and a flavour of the book can be found here: http://cricketyorkshire.com/allwickets/