Since some of us (Archie Mac easily topping the list) seem to have a good collection of cricket books and since sharing cricket books is not such an easy option with a global club such as ours and since again copying complete books or even large pieces (chapters) from books isn't easy, I thought let me get these guys to put here small pieces of their favourite cricket writing.
The idea is to share the wonderful literature (even if it is small excerpts) with friends. Size is not such a big problem except for the poster and the possibility of more typographical errors ruining the piece.
Here is my starter...
"I, too, have often pondered on the far-distant past and have tried to visualise the first potential bowler. It is a pretty thought to imagine a Piltdown man on his morning stroll having his defence penetrated by a large and knobbly coconut - a full toss delivered by a Simian neighbour from the top of a tree. He stands for a moment, in a frenzy of impotent rage, and then, with a flash of inspiration, seizes the missile and, bowling the opponent out of the tree, experiences much the same thrill as Larwood hitting Bradman's middle stump. He immediately sees the possibility of his discovery. Meeting his rival in love, he does not risk coming within range of the latter's flint axe, but with a truly thrown boulder causes the opposition to retire hurt before a blow has been struck."
So the instinct to hurl things about became firmly implanted in the breast of every healthy man and when, thousands of years later, a playful Abbot, grasping his "Crick" (or staff), bade one of the brothers trundle a stone towards him, we have the first under-hand bowler."
IAR Peebles pondering on the origins of bowling in his book How To Bowl (Chapman & Hall - 1934)