LANCASHIRE C.C.C. WICKETKEEPERS: The Victorian Era
Roy Cavanagh MBE
Published in 2017 by Red Rose Books
Original A5 textured red card wrappers.
(iv) + 24 pages, illustrated.
Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Roy Cavanagh.
The first of what will be a series of limited edition booklets chronicling Lancashire County Cricket Club wicketkeepers from the first county match played in 1865 up to the present day, Lancashire C.C.C. Wicketkeepers: The Victorian Era is Roy Cavanagh’s debut innings for Red Rose Books and sees him look back at the early wicketkeepers who have appeared in first-class cricket for the county, more specifically those who kept wicket during the reign of Queen Victoria. In doing so, he has found instances of players not usually associated with the position of wicketkeeper; during the years 1865 to 1901 Lancashire luminaries such as Johnny Briggs, A.N. Hornby, A.G. Paul, E.B. Rowley, E.E. Steel, and Alec Watson, were all at one time or another required to take over the gloves when the regular wicketkeeper was either injured or unwell. Thirty-three wicketkeepers are noted, three of whom need little or no introduction to followers of Lancashire cricket: Richard Pilling, “The Prince of Wicketkeepers”, who died in 1891 at the early age of 35, when he was widely-acknowledged to be the best wicketkeeper in the world at that time; Arthur Kemble, who helped the county recover from Pilling’s untimely loss; and the Yorkshire-born Charles Smith, who, like Pilling, would win the County Championship with Lancashire in this period. UK post free, please e-mail for overseas postage & packing charges.