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    Many Thanks SJS, Stumpski and Archie for your positive comments – encouragement is always welcome!

    As to AA Thomson according to Padwick there are 25, not including Happy go Johnny, which, as SJS says, was ghosted by Thomson

    The others are firstly a volume of humour - Anatomy of laughter

    Five works of fiction

    The Records of Reggie
    Trust Tilty
    The Exquisite Burden
    Bijou Merle
    Bumbledinky

    A volume of Poetry – Out of Town


    A collection of Essays from the Radio Times with two on cricket – Strolling Commentaries

    Also “Great Men of Kent” – 30 pages on Frank Woolley

    And last but not least a centenary appeal for Yorkshire CCC

    There must be a degree of relevance to cricket to get a mention in Padwick but it doesn’t have to be much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Many Thanks SJS, Stumpski and Archie for your positive comments – encouragement is always welcome!

    As to AA Thomson according to Padwick there are 25, not including Happy go Johnny, which, as SJS says, was ghosted by Thomson

    The others are firstly a volume of humour - Anatomy of laughter

    Five works of fiction

    The Records of Reggie
    Trust Tilty
    The Exquisite Burden
    Bijou Merle
    Bumbledinky

    A volume of Poetry – Out of Town


    A collection of Essays from the Radio Times with two on cricket – Strolling Commentaries

    Also “Great Men of Kent” – 30 pages on Frank Woolley

    And last but not least a centenary appeal for Yorkshire CCC

    There must be a degree of relevance to cricket to get a mention in Padwick but it doesn’t have to be much!
    I presume these are not cricket related books

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    I presume these are not cricket related books
    Not to any great extent but what I posted is all that is in Padwick and I know nothing else about them

    As to Doug Wright there is a volume in the ACS Famous Cricketers series about him but that apart just his benefit and testimonial brochures

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Not to any great extent but what I posted is all that is in Padwick and I know nothing else about them

    As to Doug Wright there is a volume in the ACS Famous Cricketers series about him but that apart just his benefit and testimonial brochures
    Thats a tragedy for clearly he was the greatest leg spinner ever from England and by all ccounts an incredibly good one.

    In Clif Cary's Cricket Controversy (covers the Ashes Test matches of 1946-47) there is a whole chapter devoted to him. It makes for fascinating reading.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Thats a tragedy for clearly he was the greatest leg spinner ever from England and by all ccounts an incredibly good one.

    In Clif Cary's Cricket Controversy (covers the Ashes Test matches of 1946-47) there is a whole chapter devoted to him. It makes for fascinating reading.

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    You know it makes sense.

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    I meet a Kent bookseller two or three times a season at the Canterbury ground and can ask him about Wright if you like - not sure when that will be though.

    I have that Clif Cary book as well. Unusual I thought, not a typical tour/series type book, it basically summarised the series with reference to each of the leading players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    I meet a Kent bookseller two or three times a season at the Canterbury ground and can ask him about Wright if you like - not sure when that will be though.

    I have that Clif Cary book as well. Unusual I thought, not a typical tour/series type book, it basically summarised the series with reference to each of the leading players.
    Thats what I liked about it. Tour books that merely repeat the stats with just a bit of comments are not great fun. Cary comes out as someone who clearly was a very good student of the game. Unfortunately one doesn't find any other book by him. Any idea if there is ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
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    Ah I was waiting for that reaction. I know thats not a very popularly held opinion but he was very very good. A bit stubborn and extremely jinxed. He could easily have had twice the wickets in the tests ha played. People stopped counting the number of catches dropped of his bowling and they say the number of times the ball seemed to miss the stumps by the coat of varnish was tragic.

    It finally came to a stage where he started believing he was jinxed and wouldn't get wickets. He was much better than his figures seem to suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Ah I was waiting for that reaction. I know thats not a very popularly held opinion but he was very very good. A bit stubborn and extremely jinxed. He could easily have had twice the wickets in the tests ha played. People stopped counting the number of catches dropped of his bowling and they say the number of times the ball seemed to miss the stumps by the coat of varnish was tragic.

    It finally came to a stage where he started believing he was jinxed and wouldn't get wickets. He was much better than his figures seem to suggest.
    But you think him the better legspinner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    But you think him the better legspinner?
    Other than Freeman and Bosanquet who else if there to compare with? Freeman doesn't have a great test record and Bosanquet without the novelty of his wrong one may not have been under discussion.

    Where are the great leg spinners from England? So it is really between him and Freeman and from whatever I have read the opinion is divided on the matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Other than Freeman and Bosanquet who else if there to compare with? Freeman doesn't have a great test record and Bosanquet without the novelty of his wrong one may not have been under discussion.

    Where are the great leg spinners from England? So it is really between him and Freeman and from whatever I have read the opinion is divided on the matter.
    Yes, if England had their way they would have asked Bosanquet to keep his bosie to himslef

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Yes, if England had their way they would have asked Bosanquet to keep his bosie to himslef
    And everyone in Australia from Herbert Hordern onwards is extremely grateful that he didn't. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    And everyone in Australia from Herbert Hordern onwards is extremely grateful that he didn't. :-)
    Not sure about SA with Faulkner, Schwarz (spelling) Vogler, but maybe not Cullinan

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Yes, if England had their way they would have asked Bosanquet to keep his bosie to himslef
    You know Godfrey Evans played first class cricket from 1939 well into the 1960's. In his book Behind the Stumps, he gives a squad of 14 from all the players he has played with or against. Here it is

    1. Hutton
    2. Morris
    3. Bradman (Capt)
    4. Worrell
    5. Compton
    6. Weekes
    7. Hammond
    8. Nourse
    9. Miller
    10. Tallon
    11. Lindwall
    12. Bedser
    13. Wright
    14. Ramadhin


    Its amazing how many people write of Douglas Wright's great bowling in an innings where he seems to have had next to no rewards. Here is what Evans writes in one place of Wright's bowling in a Test in Australia in 1946-47 . . .

    It was during that mammoth Australian total I saw the finest spell of bowling that Doug Wright has ever sent down. If you look at the records of that match, you may not think so, for Doug took only one wicket for 169. But had you been where I was, behind the stumps, you would have appreciated that great effort.

    Doug bowled 46 eight ball overs and he put everything he had into every ball. I watched the batsmen play at those balls and either miss them or get a hard edge which would just miss the slips. Times out of number they would play forward to Doug's googly and the ball would cock up between the two short legs. If Doug had taken six or seven wickets instead of just that one it would have been no more than he deserved.


    Clif Cary writes in his book :-

    It is impossible to judge the ability of any cricketer on a tabulated set of figures; to endeavour to do so in the case of Wright would be to perpeterate grave injustice, because digits can not tell the story of the bad luck that trailed him from one end of australia to the other. Never a match went by in which he did not hopelessly defeat the defences of the leading run getters. Times out of number he had Barnes, Bradman, Hassett and their like groping forward hypnotised by the magic of his spinning witchcraft, but Wright is not a spoilt child of fortune. The ball would either miss the stumps by the width of a cigarette paper, be edged uppishly, then dropped, or just fall short of eager hands, while the straight one would fizz through, find the pads, but not the umpire's affirmative nod. Poor Wright. I think everyone in Australia was on his side; they laughed and jokingly barracked his peculiar hopping, floating run, but they recognised him as a genius, skilled in bowling science, with just that something lacking which would have made him a world beater, for Australia's players to swear at and rail against.

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    By the way, even Bradman, in his Farewell to Cricket writing of the best slow bowlers, says, "the best Englishman of recent times was Doug Wright though he was more akin to O'Rielly"



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