ico-h1 CRICKET BOOKS

Phil Salt and Tom Haines

Published: 2018
Pages: 12
Author: Edwards, Paul
Publisher: Sussex Cricket Museum
Rating: 3 stars

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One view is that what amounts to a reproduction in print of a match report already published on Cricinfo is not something that warrants a review. I can see some merit in that argument, but certainly on this occasion would respectfully disagree, for a number of reasons.

In support of my case I put forward firstly the memorable nature of the match concerned, an innings victory by Sussex over Durham in June of this year in which each of the young Sussex batsmen named in the title made his maiden First Class century. Salt has gone on to make a second, and doubtless Haines will do so in the not too distant future.

I was helped in forming my view by the photographs in the pamphlet. I have spent too much of my life working and living in a Minor County to have visited too many of the First Class game’s many homes. One I have been to however is Arundel, and a more beautiful backdrop for cricket surely cannot exist anywhere.

And finally, and in saying this I will admit to not always being particularly impressed by the match reporting on Cricinfo, is a most impressively written account of the three days’ play by Paul Edwards, a fine writer and, like more than one of us here at Cricketweb.net, an enthusiast for the work of the late Alan Ross.

The pamphlet itself is a ‘no frills’ limited edition of one hundred copies and is priced accordingly at a modest £5 plus £1.50 postage and packing. It is signed by both Haines and Salt, but sadly not by Edwards so, that name not being the rarest, I cannot be absolutely certain that he is the same man who was one of the co-authors of the splendid book published in 2014 to celebrate 150 years of the Lancashire County Cricket Club.

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