Anniversary opus celebrates counties’ 125 years

A large book, part-sponsored by the England and Wales Cricket Board, Summer’s Crown, by the award-winning cricket author Stephen Chalke, tells the story of 125 years of County Championship cricket: from WG Grace facing the first ball of the first official match in May 1890 through to Joe Root leading out the victorious Yorkshire side at Trent Bridge last September.

Champion: who can challenge Yorkshire in the 125th year of the County Championship?
Champion: who can challenge Yorkshire in the 125th year of the County Championship?

Mark Baldwin, the chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club, wrote in The Times: “Anyone who loves county cricket should treat themselves to Summer’s Crown, Stephen Chalke’s wonderful 125th anniversary history of the championship because its 352 beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully presented pages will be a reminder of why this venerable institution has survived so long and, indeed, has regenerated itself on countless occasions.”

Cricinfo calls it “a magnum opus with the lightest of touches”.

Chalke’s own publishing house, Fairfield Books, has produced the book, priced at £20. CWC members can buy it for the special offer price of £15 (post free in the UK).

And SJA members who have a genuine opportunity to publicise the book are encouraged to apply for a review copy.

  • To order a copy, Ring 01225-335813, e-mail
    or send a cheque to Fairfield Books, 17 George’s Road, Bath BA1 6EY.
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