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Cricketana, by the author of 'The cricket-field'.

by James Pycroft

Excerpt:

Sy the same Author.

THE CRICKET TUTOR;

A TREATISE EXCLUSIVELY PRACTICAL.

DEDICATED TO THE CAPTAINS OF ELEVENS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Second Edition, price Is.

Contfnts:—Advice to Captains of Elevens; Back play; Bali, good sight of; Ball, tiraini? the; Bat, position of; Hat, weight ot; Batting; Block, how to he made into a hit; Bowling, over-hand, alow; bowling, under-hand; Bom ling, necessity of practising against both styles of; Bowling, slow; Bowlinir, bad, how to meet; Catching; 'Chamher' practice; Cutting; Defence, importance of; Draw, the; Drive, th ; Feet, position of, in playing; Fielding; Forward play; Gloves; Ground, influence of, on batting; Guess-hits,bad; Hand and eye should go together; Hits, way of making; Hit. the Drive; Hit, the Leg; Hit.theOff; Hit.from a Block; Hit, to he determined by sight of ball; Hitting, Off; Hitting on the On-side; Innings, importance of beginning carefully; Knee, hent, unadvisable in batting; Knee, straight; Leg-hit, the; Off-hitting; On-side, advice concerning bitting; Pads; Play, how to acquire a good style of; Play, bad habits of, to he avoided; Play, forward and back: Play, manly style of; Playing tall and upright; Position at the wicket Position, advantages of an upright Stopping; 'Swiping'; Throwing 'Timing the ball'; Wicket, position of batsman at; Wicket, deience of, the one point in batting; Wristplay.

'tuk Cricket Tutor supplies a want much felt by schools and players who live in a retired part of the country, where they are not able to procure the advice of any professional, the price heing within the range of every pocket. The instructions laid down in this manual may he relied upon as of a tirst-class character, written as they are by the author of the Cricket Field, the standard book on the subject. The Tutor is full of plain and practical directions on all matters concerning the gume, which, followed to the letter, would insure a man's hecoming an excellent cricketer.' John Bull.

'TimsK hoys who appreciate the solemn importance of cricket cannot do hetter than lay to heart the precepts of the author of the Cricket Field contained in the Cricket Tutor. We can promise they will And it very light and pleasant reading, and there is a useful moral in many of its maxims- . . . The Tutor does not deal with the rules of the game, or those elementary matters which every boy may he expected to know. Its object is to incite those who play cricket to do their work well and in an artistic manner; and to this end the rules gathered from commonsense and experience are brought together with the hand of a master.' Pabtuknon.

London: LONGMAN, GREEN, and Co. Paternoster How.

INTRODUCTION.

The following chapters contain a series of papers contributed to 'London Society' in 1863 and 1864. This will naturally account for some little repetition of incidents illustrative of more than one subject.

It might appear that the matches which gave rise to the several papers had by this time lost their interest; nevertheless it is hoped that the observations and remarks which tb'ose matches called forth, as also anecdotes and Sundry points in the history of Cricket, haveinore than a-mere temporary value for all who would be well informed as to the rise and progress of our national game.

THAT 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, ' is one of the many old proverbs of which modern science is daily showing the why and the wherefore. 'It is only recently,' said Lord Palmerston, 'that the world has become aware that a vitiated atmosphere has anything to do with the bills of mortality.' It is only recently that those who 'minister to the mind diseased' have learnt, as Robert Southey warned his son, that 'a broken limb is not half as bad a thing as a shattered nervous system.' Still less has it been understood that this delicate complexity of fibres, by which the body can mysteriously send gloomy telegrams to the brain, and the brain send back electric shocks and most effective knockdown blows to the body, has any right to feel aggrieved simply because the head (say of a City man) is turned into a busy office for some five hundred thoughts a day, all of the same monotonous hue and complexion, to bustle in and out, between the hours of ten and five!


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