As the sun lengthens its days to summer, so a sport begins to dominate the thoughts and actions of many people. This game, which so encapsulated the village greens and evening song of Middle England, has now spread across the world.
From the marathon of a 5-day test to the razzle-dazzle excitement of 20 Twenty, it captures many things: the comforting sound of willow on leather, the slow raised hand of an umpire, the arcane rules and frequent breaks for tea and other necessities still conjure up the image of a bygone world, even though its own is now one of global TV, night matches, and Hawk Eye cameras.
In this volume, poets throughout the ages share the agony, the ecstasy, and the pleasure of being part of something very different, very special. These poems are read for you by Tim Graham, Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.
Our poems are:
Cricket at Harrow - Lord Byron
Dedicated to the Famous Notts and Surrey Elevens - Albert Craig
Dad on the Test - C J Dennis
Cricket - J S Fletcher
Extract from 'A Shopshire Lad' - A E Houseman
Sonnet - William Wordsworth
Balladeof Cricket - A Lang
Choosing An All England XI In 1896 – Anonymous
The Old Stumper Recites a Piece of His Own Composing - J S Fletcher
Around the Level Dale - William Perfect
Beirut Wedding Poem - Tim Graham
Lines on a Cricket Match - G K Chesterton
At Lords - F Thompson
Cricket - Herbert E Clarke
Mantra of the Beast - Tim Graham
A Sixer - G F Wilson
and many more….
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