Talks with Old English Cricketers

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W. Blackwood, 1900 - Cricket - 344 pages

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Page 6 - J — nn— r stands forth, And all who are judges acknowledge his worth ; Wicket-keeper, or bowler, or batter— in all He is good, but perhaps he shines most with the ball.
Page 97 - ... The bones, instead of remaining quietly piled up in the corner, had joined themselves together — the leg bones to the feet, the ribs to the back-bone — and the skull had stuck itself on the top. Where the flesh came from, Sam could not tell; but he strongly suspected that his own steaks and bacon had something to do with it. But, be that as it may, there was not half enough of fat to cover the bones, and the figure was dreadfully thin. Sam stared at first in astonishment, and began to doubt...
Page 205 - ... field. Let him do more if he be wise, especially by playing with and teaching the boys, for amongst them, if left to themselves, will the quarrels most arise and bad habits both of speech and cricket be most surely formed. Nor let him refuse his place as an active member of the village eleven, and so shall he find that the fine hit to leg which opened the mouths of the rustic beholders will leave them a little open on Sunday morning, and he whom the parson has taught to twist will be the more...
Page 12 - Ibs. 7 oz., has never been spliced, and though sprung from time immemorial, the thickness of the handle is such that it may last for centuries. Mr. Jenner-Fust bowled at one end, kept wicket to the other bowler, and managed. The only thing he did not do was to run for himself, and from this cause he was run out, after scoring eleven, by a zealous but too eager youth who had volunteered his services. In various ways he got ten wickets, besides running out two; his side won by 21 runs.
Page 5 - Fifty years have sped since first, Keen to win their laurel, Oxford, round a Wordsworth clustered, Cambridge, under Jenner mustered, Met in friendly quarrel.
Page 267 - Confucius's stay in the capital, we are told, " diey had frequent meetings and it is a matter of regret that there is no record of the conversations of these two men whose teachings were to have such a profound influence on the lives and thoughts of their countrymen.
Page 74 - George Parr never appeared to hit hard. He did not smite ; he appeared rather to be mowing. Yet it was beautiful to watch, and not at all unorthodox. I remember one match against the United in which the fielding side put out two long-legs for Parr, but he simply hit the ball over the heads of the pair of them.
Page 118 - a good big 'un is always better than a good little 'un.
Page 192 - I was in our commercial hotel one day when a stranger came in. Cricket was soon introduced. He was from Lancashire, and had but a mean opinion of Yorkshire's chances against his county. After he had exhausted his stock of eloquence, I chimed in, remarking that there was a time when Yorkshiremen thought nothing of their neighbours...
Page 31 - Wisbeach to Sleaford. We had to do it in one night by coach. Our driver got lost, and we all wandered about the Lincolnshire roads in the darkness until we struck a guide-post. Old Martingell clambered up this post, struck a light, and found out the way we had to go. We landed at our destination at 6 AM, and had to play at noon.

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