Spirit On The Water: XI Extraordinary Cricket Tours
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Spirit On The Water takes you on a voyage of eleven very different cricket tours. The tours include Taverners jaunts to the Balearics, an Aborigine team visiting England in 1868, Australia trying to win in India, Sydney Barnes in South Africa, Wally Hammond Down Under and more. The lively conversational style which made Mike Harfield's previous book, Not Dark Yet, so popular appears again, along with a cornucopia of cricket. Most of the time it is the cricket which lives in the memory; occasionally contemporary events intervene. Always the journey is entertaining. Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher gets us into the mood in his excellent Foreword and then it's off on the first tour.
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Indies lost to Western Australia and drew against South Australia. Next, they comfortably beat Victoria thanks to a double century from Rohan Kanhai and the spin bowling of Ramadhin and Valentine. The West Indies then lost by an innings to a strong New South Wales side captained by Benaud. Worrell scored 51 in the first innings but then pulled a leg muscle and didn’t bat in the second. He missed the drawn match against Queensland, the last game before the Tests began. Although Weekes and
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