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Date Author Title Extracts and Reviews

Peter Davies

From Magdalen to Merger: A Short History of Oxford University Cricket Club

A short history of the Parks-based university cricket club. Based on primary sources and secondary reading.


Peter Davies

Home Soil: Exploring and Celebrating the Cricket Grounds of Halifax and Calderdale

A ground-by-ground guide to the Halifax League – with plenty of history and geography thrown in along the way. PRICE £3
2004 Peter Davies Home Soil  

Peter Davies

From Queen’s to Kings: The Extraordinary Story of an Asian Cricket Club from Halifax

An in-depth history of one of Calderdale’s most interesting cricket teams. From the back streets of Halifax to Association silverware – lots of it! PRICE £2
2004 Peter Davies Pennine Pitch: A Cricketing Journey through Huddersfield and South Kirklees

An exploration of the cricket clubs and grounds of the Huddersfield League – with in-depth historical information and insight. PRICE £3
2005 Peter Davies & Rob Light

The Development of Cricket in Kirklees: An Overview

A concise guide to some of the main themes in Kirklees’ rich cricketing history. £3




Andrew Hardcastle

Lost: The Former Cricket Clubs and Cricket Grounds of Halifax and Calderdale
A brilliantly researched encyclopedia of Calderdale clubs past and present. The book is the product of years of painstaking research.




2006 Pat Neal

George Herbert Hirst: Mirfield Cricket Club 1891

A fascinating account of Yorkshire and England George Herbert Hirst’s one season playing for Mirfield CC. Includes extracts from various local newspaper match reports.




Pat Neal Book   Book PR   Launch   Launch Photos   Review  


Peter Davies & Rob Light

180 Not Out: XXXX
3-Volume photographic history of cricket in Calderdale and Kirklees (Peter Davies & Rob Light) £10 each
Three image-based anthologies – the best of the Calderdale and Kirklees Cricket Heritage Project in pictures, photos and other primary-source items.

Launch of '180 Not Out' - Bookthrift, Hebden Bridge (252kb PDF)
Launch of '180 Not Out' - Dewsbury Books (478kb PDF)
Launch of '180 Not Out' - Toll House, Holmfirth (570kb PDF)
Launch of '180 Not Out' - Wades, Halifax (335kb PDF)

Launch of '180 Not Out' - Ottakars, Huddersfield (535kb PDF)

Review in 2008 Yorkshire CCC Yearbook


Mike Butler From Batley to Barnsley: A History of the Heavy Woollen Cricket Challenge Cup 1883-2005

A comprehensive, season-by-season history of the oldest knockout competition in the world – still centred on the Batley/Dewsbury Heavy Woollen area. PRICE £3




Launch of 'From Batley to Barnsley' by Mike Butler (617kb PDF)
Launch of 'George Herbert Hirst: Mirfield CC' by P.Neal (1mb PDF)
Launch of 'Lost' by Andrew Hardcastle (369kb PDF)
Review of Pat Neal Book in Wombwell CLS Magazine (188kb PDF)
Review in ACS Journal (179kb PDF)
Letter from Lord's (95kb PDF)


Peter Davies

Intikhab Alam, My Brother’s Broken Leg and Other Stories: A Cricketing Memoir 1966-1976

A memoir of childhood with a large dose of cricket. PRICE £2
2007 Roy Pearce

Gentlemen and Players: Wirksworth Cricketers 1757-1914

An expert investigation into the people, places and events that played a key role in the growth of cricket in Derbyshire from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Reviewed in The Wisden Cricketer.


Lee Hughes

Wielding the Willow: An Anthology of Cricket Poems

A collection of cricket poetry – interspersed with beautiful line drawings of local grounds.


Mick Bourne, Tony Hutton & Brian Senior

Off The Beaten Track: Three Men and a Cricket Season – Diary 2006

An epic tale of three Leeds-based Professional Cricket Watchers – and their escapades during a season. Reviewed in the Yorkshire CCC Yearbook. PRICE £3

Extract (91kb PDF)

Off The Beaten Track at Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society (419kb PDF)

Yorkshire Life Feature on Off The Beaten Track (242kb PDF)

Spin Magazine Feature on Off The Beaten Track 1 (367kb PDF)

Spin Magazine Feature on Off The Beaten Track 2 (318kb PDF)

Review in Huddersfield Examiner (99kb PDF)

Review in Yorkshire Evening Post (165kb PDF)

Review in Northern Echo (web link)

Review on York Vale League Website (web link)

Review in 2008 Yorkshire CCC Yearbook

Amazon Review


Dennis O’Keefe

Start of Play
A scholarly account of the early years of Illingworth St. Mary’s CC. Based on an MA dissertation.



Pat Neal with James Norbury

Thanks to the Inghams: Stories of Mirfield CC XXXX

Fascinating snapshots of the history of Mirfield CC. James Norbury was a Sports Journalism student assigned to MCC – and his work is incorporated in the book.


Review in Batley News

Review in Huddersfield Examiner

2008 Book (91kb PDF)

2008 Rob Light

The Other Face
of English Cricket: The Origins of League Cricket in the West Riding of Yorkshire

A scholarly investigation into the nineteenth-century cricket history of the West Riding. Based on an MA dissertation.


New Book by Rob Light: Origins of League Cricket (537kb PDF)



Martin Bishop

Bats, Balls and Biscuits: A Brief History of Cricket at the Reading Biscuit Factory

A thoroughly researched history of cricket in ‘Biscuit Town’ Reading. Reviewed recently in The Wisden Cricketer. PRICE £3


Tony Lister

You Couldn’t Make It Up! The Complete History of Burnley Cricket Club 1834-2008

A thoroughly researched season-by-season history of Burnley CC – one of the most famous clubs in the Lancashire League. Foreword by Burnley old boy James Anderson.

2009 Peter Davies & Rob Light

Caught & Bowled: The Development of Cricket in Calderdale

A thematic exploration of the growth of cricket in Halifax and district – from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

2009 Peter Davies

Heavy Woollen Heritage

Peter Davies Heavy Woollen Heritage: The Cricket Clubs of North Kirklees An A-Z history of cricket in North Kirklees: Batley, Dewsbury and the Spen Valley.

2009 Tony Hutton & Peter Davies Two Men and a Blog: Cricket Diary 2009 Northern Echo, 15 Dec 2009


To order any of the above titles, please contact:

Dr Peter Davies, Room JM3/01 School of Music, Humanities & Media, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH










The original Heavy Woollen Cup
Huddersfield Wanderers



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