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Cricket's Rich Heritage: A History of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe National Sides
by Jonty Winch

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Books of Zimbabwe, 1982
300 x 220 mm, hardback, approx. 180 pp., 180 illus., Introduction by D. J. Lewis
ISBN 0 86920 256 1


From matting and ant-heap wickets to immaculate turf, Jonty Winch, a dedicated chronicler, traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890 - by members of the Pioneer Column in the shadow of the hills which overlooked Providential Pass near Fort Victoria (now Mazvingo) - through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.

The account is complete with score summaries of every game of significance played since 1895 and includes details of Currie Cup games from Rhodesia's first entry in 1904-05 to its withdrawal on the completion of the 1979-80 season.

It has a chapter devoted to Schools (Nuffleld) Cricket which lists the names of boys who have played and the year
of their selection.

It carries an introduction from that great cricketer D. J. Lewis, is illustrated with more than 180 action and group photographs of considerable historical interest, and concludes with the career statistics of batting, bowling and fielding of every national player since records were first kept.

This wealth of local cricketing history has been painstakingly collected and is attractively presented. Apart from its delightful reading qualities, it is a work of considerable sporting significance which, in the years ahead, will form a worthy introduction to the chapters yet to be written on Zimbabwe's future place in world cricket.

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