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Cricket's Strangest Matches

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Cricket's Strangest Matches is a collection of true stories on cricket's oddest matches - from the bizarre to the hilarious. The book is a must for all cricket enthusiasts and for anyone interested in the history of the sport.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Robson Books Ltd (first published 1998)
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Dipra Lahiri
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sport, 2017
Great read for advanced cricket nerds (like me). What strikes me is the way in which cricket's unique culture has developed over the last two hundred years, mostly by way of amateur games, clubs and many very eccentric people.
Ben Langleben
This book is saved by short chapters detailing interesting games. Despite being a short book it feels padded out with the full scorecard of every single match mentioned, even when the individual performances in no way reflect the strangeness of the match in question. One gets the sense that the author enjoyed the uncovering of these unusual fixtures, yet there is nothing to suggest this book is much more than an edited highlights of Wisden. A bit of research e.g. some reminiscences from those in ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
A bit of a coffee-table / loo book, and not that impressive a one at that. The premise of the book is a reasonably interesting one, but the writing was a touch too factual and plain, and when it comes down to it there is only so many ways in which you can say "these teams were playing cricket, and this player did really well and scored lots or got lots of wickets, and the scorecard looks a bit interesting as a consequence" without it getting a bit repetitive.
Olly Colluphid
Entertaining collection of matches described briefly.

I read the 2005 edition and it was badly let down by errors in proof reading especially in the scorecards.

Most of matches are chosen for record high/low scores rather than being strange per se but it was entertaining none the less.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Very straightforward read more about cricket records that were broken as opposed to really strange matches. An easy read, one more than onto something with a bit more depth!
Richard Fauchon
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is fun more then a well written book. Personally, as a cricket fan I really enjoyed a look at some of the oddities this great game can throw up.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very dry and not that well written.
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