Introduction 1. Bob Wyatt 2. Bill Alley 3. Trevor Bailey 4. Cyril Washbrook 5. Alec Bedser 6. Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie 7. Brian Statham 8. Denis Compton 9. Doug Insole Epilogue
Ralph Dellor's cricketing and writing credentials are impeccable. A very experienced and award winning broadcaster (radio and TV) and author, he has been a player and a cricket coach at university and international levels. Ralph has served on the Sports Council and acted as an advisor to a previous Minister of Sport. He has written 9 successful books about cricket and co authored a further 7 with Stephen Lamb. Stephen Lamb is also a highly experienced journalist and broadcaster - having worked for the BBC and provided material for SKY and CNN amongst others. Apart from cricket he has covered a wide variety of the major sports for press, radio and local television - and still reds the news. As well as sportsmen such as Ian Botham and David Gower, he has also interviewed quite a number of major political figures. In 2003 Ralph and Stephen combined their collective sports, broadcasting and journalistic experience to set up Sportsline Media consultancy.
"To truly understand the modern game it is important to acknowledge what has gone before. This is an excellent concept to bring the history of the game to life so that it can be fully appreciated." - Mike Gatting, President of the MCC and former England captain "The game of cricket is colourful and characters abound. It is an honour to be part of ensuring the words in this book are around for posterity." - Richie Benaud OBE "A fantastic account which comes across brilliantly. My grandfather was a true entertainer who put a smile on people's faces, and represented everything that embodies sport and particularly this great game." - Nick Compton, England batsman and grandson of Denis Compton "A proper treasure trove." Andy Wilson, The Guardian "This is a highly readable book in which the author, an accomplished journalist, has committed to paper a series of interviews he conducted with nine notable cricket figures in the early 1990s. A commentary is skilfully woven into the text as details of each subject's life and thoughts are drawn out." - Douglas Miller, Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians