Author(s): DELLOR RALPH
Surprisingly, perhaps, cricket is a game rich in international history, sporting characters and, on occasions, controversy. Over his long career as a cricket commentator and journalist Ralph Dellor has met some of the greatest exponents of the "summer" game. In the 1990s he conducted a series of face-to-face taped interviews with famous cricketers past and present. Along with Stephen Lamb, his fellow sports journalist and business partner, he has edited and annotated the interviews so they are put into context of time and place. Each chapter is a classic piece of cricketing history and insight into the legends and lore of the game. Featuring such names as Denis Compton, Brian Statham and Cyril Washbrook.
Ralph Dellor's cricketing and writing credentials are impeccable. A very experienced and award winning broadcaster (radio and TV) and author, he has been a player and a cricket coach at university and international levels. Ralph has served on the Sports Council and acted as an advisor to a previous Minister of Sport. He has written 9 successful books about cricket and co authored a further 7 with Stephen Lamb. Stephen Lamb is also a highly experienced journalist and broadcaster - having worked for the BBC and provided material for SKY and CNN amongst others. Apart from cricket he has covered a wide variety of the major sports for press, radio and local television - and still reds the news. As well as sportsmen such as Ian Botham and David Gower, he has also interviewed quite a number of major political figures. In 2003 Ralph and Stephen combined their collective sports, broadcasting and journalistic experience to set up Sportsline Media consultancy.
Introduction 1. Bob Wyatt 2. Bill Alley 3. Trevor Bailey 4. Cyril Washbrook 5. Alec Bedser 6. Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie 7. Brian Statham 8. Denis Compton 9. Doug Insole Epilogue