A BOOK celebrating the history of cricket in West Yorkshire is set to bowl over fans of the sport.
Cricket historians and enthusiasts Dr Peter Davies and Dave Walker collaborated on the 230-page book, It’s Not Lord’s.
It charts the growth of the game from the 1830s to the modern day and focuses on many local clubs and colourful characters.
Holmfirth man Mr Walker, who edited the book, said: “The idea began at a Pennine Cricket Conference at Huddersfield University.
“Peter Davies suggested he pass over some material from the ‘cricket heritage’ website to edit into an anthology.
“It took at least two years to lick into shape. I set up a publishing company, Shalliley Books, and Riley Dunn and Wilson did the printing. Peter helped with proofs.”
The book has already found a place at the home of cricket. Mr Walker went to Lord’s last week and gave a copy to the library there.
He said: “It's a West Yorkshire anthology, mostly covering Huddersfield and Halifax clubs and leagues, players, clubmen, ladies and so on from 1830 onwards, showing how things have changed – and stayed the same. The writers are all amateurs like myself – local cricket enthusiasts and former university media and history students.”
Copies of the book, priced £7.50 plus £2 postage are available from Shalliley Books, The Pavilion, 30 Victoria Springs, Holmfirth HD9 2NB or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org