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"Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
  • "Mr. Scorer" Lunt
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"Mr. Scorer" Lunt

Samuel Lunt Official scorer, Lancashire CCC 1887 - 1911

K Martin Tebay

Original A5 card wrappers.

(iv) + 12 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

Samuel Lunt was an unsung hero of Lancashire cricket. His continued presence in the scorebox over a period of 25 years earned him the sobriquet of “Mr. Scorer” and he was verily Lancashire’s own “bearded wonder” (with apologies to the late Bill Frindall). He scored over 600 county matches between 1887 and 1911, never missing a game in that time. He was born in Bolton in 1834 but very little is known about his life outside cricket. My extensive research puts some flesh on the bones of a man who deserves some recognition for his contribution to Lancashire cricket, the scoring of which enabled him not only to see many of the early greats but also see many of them achieve extraordinary performances. I have, therefore, endeavoured to paint a picture of this significant cricketing personality, who died, aged 79, in Moss Side, Manchester.

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Harry’s Mission. The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
  • Harry’s Mission. The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
  • Harry’s Mission. The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
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Harry’s Mission

The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874

K Martin Tebay

Foreword by Mark Leopard

Published 29 June 2019 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 blue card wrappers.

(iv) + 32 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay

This latest Red Rose Books publication recalls a brief, long-forgotten tour of the British Isles in 1874 by Boston Red Stockings and Athletics of Philadelphia baseball players. The visit was the idea of the Sheffield born Red Stockings manager and player William Henry Wright (pictured), more familiarly known as Harry, who wished to promote the game of baseball in his native country. The tourists played “odds” cricket matches and baseball games at Lord’s, Kennington Oval, Bramall Lane, and Old Trafford, before ending their tour in Dublin against XII of All-Ireland. The booklet principally features the two-day cricket match at Old Trafford on 20, 21 August between a Manchester Cricket Club and Ground XI and XVIII American Baseball Players. An exhibition game of baseball also took place, which saw six cricketers from the Manchester club take to the baseball diamond, including Rossall educated EB Rowley, Fred Reynolds, Harry Thornber, and Alec Watson. It is published to coincide with the visit of the famed New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox baseball clubs to play two regular season Major League Baseball games at London Stadium on 29, 30 June 2019.

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George Headley assists Lancashire County
  • George Headley assists Lancashire County
  • George Headley assists Lancashire County
  • George Headley assists Lancashire County
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George Headley assists Lancashire County

Dalton Cricket Club Jubilee 1934

Dalton & District XI v. TA Higson's Lancashire County XI

K Martin Tebay

Published on 31 January 2019 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(4) + 8 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 56 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

This publication is an account of a cricket match which took place in Dalton in Furness on 30 August 1934, to celebrate the jubilee of Dalton Cricket Club. It first came to the author’s attention thanks to the purchase of a postcard relating to the match and the realisation that seated on the front row, alongside many noted Lancashire County cricketers, was the conspicuous figure of the renowned batsman George Headley. His fellow West Indian Learie Constantine was originally due to have taken part in the match but he was unavoidably absent; he was the club professional at Nelson in the Lancashire League and they were due to play against East Lancashire in a timeless, single innings Worsley Cup Final match, and one of the day’s play clashed with the match at Dalton. Headley, who was himself engaged as professional at Haslingden in the Lancashire League, duly took Constantine’s place in TA Higson’s Lancashire County XI.

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Bolton Club and Ground XI v. Nottingham Commercial XI
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Significant 19th-century Cricket Matches in Bolton

Bolton Club and Ground XI v. Nottingham Commercial XI

Back-o'th'-Bank cricket ground on 23, 24 May 1873

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2018 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(4) + 11 + (1) pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

The second in a series of cricketing monographs on significant 19th-century cricket matches played in Bolton, When Arthur met “Mac” is an account of the “Grand Cricket Match” that took place between a Bolton Club and Ground XI and a Nottingham Commercial XI at the Back o’th’-Bank cricket ground on 23, 24 May 1873. On opposing sides were two Nottinghamshire-born cricketers, one famous, the other soon to be famous. One the renowned Lancashire County and Bolton Cricket Club fast bowler Will McIntyre, often referred to by the cricketing folk of Bolton and its surrounding districts as “McIntyre the Famous,” or, more prosaically, “Mac,” the other a young batsman named Arthur Shrewsbury. McIntyre would dismiss Shrewsbury in both innings - but not before the 17 year old had made a favourable impression.

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United North of England XI v. Sixteen Lancashire Residents
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Significant 19th-century Cricket Matches in Bolton

United North of England XI v. Sixteen Lancashire Residents

Back-o'th'-Bank cricket ground on 14, 15, 16 July 1870

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2018 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(4) + 11 + (1) pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

The “Grand Cricket Match at Bolton” took place at the Back-o’th’-Bank ground between the United North of England Eleven and Sixteen Lancashire Residents. In the weeks leading up to the match various improvements had been made to the ground. These improvements, together with fine weather and the appearance of two Regimental Bands, ensured that the event was an unqualified success. This, despite some early difficulties arising from the non appearance of several notable cricketers who had been expected to play. Notwithstanding a serious injury to one of the professional cricketers, the quality of the cricket during the three-day match was well-received by the cricket-loving patrons of Bolton. It featured as it did a century, and three half-centuries, one of which was obtained by the host cricket club’s senior professional Will McIntyre, who also took nine wickets in the match.

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RICHARD BOYS
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Richard Boys

Lesser-known Lancashire County Cricket Club First-class Cricketers. No. 1.

K Martin Tebay

Published in 2018 by Red Rose Books

Original A5 card wrappers.

(4) + 28 pages, illustrated.

Limited edition of 40 copies, signed and numbered by K. Martin Tebay.

This is the first in a series of cricketing monographs that will concentrate on the more obscure and lesser-known cricketers who have appeared in first-class cricket for Lancashire County Cricket Club. The initial subject, Richard Boys, was a renowned cricketer for Burnley Cricket Club during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A noted batsman and wicket-keeper, he would appear in only one first-class match, being selected to appear for the Lancashire County XI in their fixture against MCC at Lord’s on 7, 8 June 1877. Scottish by birth, his cricketing journey from the Lancashire mill town of Burnley to the hallowed turf of Lord’s via Massachusetts, and his prominent status in the early years of the Lancashire Cricket League, is noteworthy and ultimately tragic.

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LANCASHIRE C.C.C. WICKETKEEPERS: The Victorian Era
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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.

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