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Cricket

39. Brumfitt, George.

England v. Australia at the wicket : a complete record of all cricket matches played between English and Australian Elevens / [compiled by George Brumfitt and Joseph I. Kirby]. (Ilkley, Yorks. : Brumfitt and Kirby ; London : Wright ; Melbourne : Boyle & Scott, [1887])



The earliest game of cricket in Australia appears to have been played in Sydney in 1803. Inter-colonial matches began in 1856. The first team of touring English players came out in late 1861, with another team landing here in 1863. A team of Aborigines toured England in 1868 representing Australia. They were a popular success, not only for their prowess on the field, but also for their demonstrations of boomerang throwing.


Lillywhite’s English team toured in 1876-77 and played the first test match against Australia, in March 1877 when the Australian team defeated the Englishmen by 45 runs. In 1878 an Australian team toured England and played a full first class series of 17 matches of which they won nine, lost four and played four draws. The “Ashes” originated after the defeat of the English by Australia at the Oval in 1882.

40. Giffen, George, 1859-1927.

With bat and ball : twenty-five years' reminiscences of Australian and Anglo-Australian cricket : with hints to young cricketers on batting, bowling and fielding / by George Giffen. (London ; Melbourne : Ward, Lock, 1898)



George Giffen, a member of the team that played in the 1882 Oval Test, was Australia’s first great all-rounder, and was the first Australian player to make over 1000 runs and tale over 100 wickets in test cricket. He played in the Sheffield Shield competition for South Australia, and captained Australia in 1894-95.

41. Warner, Pelham Francis, 1873-1963

Cricket : a new edition / by P. F. Warner ; with contributions by the Hon. R. H. Lyttelton [and others]. (London : Longmans, Green, 1920)



This is part of the “Badminton Library of sports and pastimes”.


Sir Pelham “Plum” Warner was the captain of England (1902, 1911-12) and Middlesex (1908-1920). He scored nearly 30,000 runs during his career and made 60 centuries. He was a journalist who wrote on cricket from 1897 when he began reporting for The Sportsman during the English tour of the West Indies.


The Badminton Library consists of 29 titles first published between 1885 and 1902, most of which also appeared later in revised editions. They were all written by experts in the field and give detailed information about the history of the various sports as well as information current at the time.

42. Bleackley, Horace William, 1868-1931.

Tales of the stumps / by Horace Bleackley, illustrated by Lucien Davis, R.I., and "Rip". (London : Ward, Lock & Co., [1901])



This is a collection of short stories with a cricket setting, most notable for its finely illustrated cloth cover showing a cricket ball and a set of stumps. The frontispiece of a lady cricketer, dressed in full skirts and boater, about to execute a straight drive, is also interesting. This copy belonged to Hugh Trumble, the captain of the Australian team in 1901-02, and has his signature.


43. Noble, M. A. (Montague Alfred), 1873-1940.

Test cricket certainties and possibilities for 1928-1929 : a review of the prospective players on both sides, the Australian attackers and the English defenders / by M.A. Noble. (Sydney : New Century Press, [1928])



Noble was captain of the Australian team from 1903 to 1909. Best known as a batsman, he was also a capable swing bowler. He wrote several books; of particular note are his accounts of the Ashes series in 1925, 1926 and 1929, and was one of the pioneers in broadcasting test matches.


The book on display is significant partly because it has been signed by Don Bradman. It was during this series that Bradman was first chosen to play for Australia. Noble has him first among the cricketers he describes in the section, “New blood”,


D. Bradman (New South Wales). Bradman is a country man who has played for his club and district, and who, in his first inter-state match, against South Australia, made a century. He is a right-handed batsman, short in build, fairly strong, and very active. There is nothing stodgy about either the man or his play. He is a good starter, has plenty of confidence and pluck, is a quick scorer, and puts lots of power into his shots; indeed, one wonders where all the power comes from. He must have a very quick eye, for he is very fleet of foot, and walks down the pitch with great daring to make splendid strokes off deliveries which might otherwise prove difficult propositions even to play. His style is somewhat similar to that of Clem Hill, and, like the famous left-hander, he impresses with the idea that he is thoroughly enjoying himself. He is a most likeable chap and altogether a good type of cricketer. (p. 48)

44. Kippax, Alan. 1897-1972.

Anti body-line / by Alan Kippax in collaboration with Eric P. Barbour. (Sydney : Sydney & Melbourne Publishing Co., 1933.) (displayed in Wall Case 4)



Kippax was a New South Wales batsman who first played for Australia in 1925, and was a regular in the side from 1928 to 1932. He played his final test match, against England, in 1934. He received a head injury in 1931 and was dropped after the first test against the English tourists in 1932. This was the beginning of the infamous “bodyline” series, during which Jardine, the English captain had instructed his fast bowlers, particularly Harold Larwood, to aim at the batsmen’s bodies in preference to the stumps.


Kippax was one of the radio broadcasters for the BBC during this series, and wrote Anti body-line in condemnation of the English team’s tactics. The bitterly fought series provoked strong resentment from the Australian public towards the English, and there were calls to break off relations between the two countries.

45. Our girls' best annual : tales of school and home, sport and adventure, what every girl wants, picture, song and story / edited by Alys Chatwyn. (London : Epworth Press, 1923- ) 1926 issue.

46. Pollard, Marjorie, 1899-1982

Cricket for women and girls / by Marjorie Pollard. (London : Hutchinson, [1934])

47. Australian women's cricket tour 1951 : souvenir programme. [London] : Women's Cricket Association, [1951]



Women’s cricket began in the 1880s, and in 1890, the English Cricket and Athletic Association organized two teams, under the banner of “The original English lady cricketers”, to tour England playing matches, “With the object of proving the suitability of the National Game as a pastime for the fair sex in preference to Lawn Tennis and other less scientific games. “ The promotional literature stressed, “N.B. Every effort is made to keep this organisation in every respect select and refined. A matron accompanies each eleven to all engagements.”


The Women’s Cricket Association was formed in 1926 and began to arrange official games in 1927. The founders were mainly women’s hockey players, Marjorie Pollard, on of England’s leading hockey players of the 1920s and 1930s, being one of them.


Women’s test cricket was first played in 1934, when an English team toured Australia; Marjorie Pollard accompanied them as the radio broadcaster for the BBC. In addition to being the editor of the Hockey Field for thirty-four years, she founded the magazine, Women’s Cricket, in 1930 and edited it for nineteen years.

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