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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Jayesh Patel; 1 edition (January 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989678504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989678506
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author was an active cricketer in his younger days having played with state level cricketers and now reliving through his memorabilia collection and in the process going back further in time to discover the wonderful origins of cricket in America. Besides cricket, the author has worked in the Aerospace industry in Procurement/Project Engineering/Management for more than 15 years and now hoping to branch out into self-publishing with baby steps.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron M on June 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
Not having any knowledge of the game, I found this historical tribute very well written & interesting. The fact that it was the lead into to American Baseball was surprising to me.

Mr. Patel's book is a well written document that captures the history of Cricket in America leading up to the birth of baseball in America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Sentance on November 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Not original and totally dependent of other historians research. Very little original source material.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JamieUSYCA on February 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
In "Flannels on the Sward," Jayesh Patel has created perhaps the most complete compilation of the match records of early cricket in the non-Caribbean Americas. In addition, he has knitted these match records together with anecdotes and larger events in such a way as to give the reader a near-complete picture of the game in the Western Hemisphere.

Nowhere else, to my recollection, can one find anything approaching a history of cricket in Central and South America, which, when tied in with the more familiar storylines from the USA and Canada, present a fuller view of the game in the Americas. Also, the chapter on John Barton King is perhaps the closest thing to a proper biography of the legendary American cricketer than has yet been written, which by itself makes this book special.

Extensively illustrated with dozens of vintage images, western cricket's short-lived triumphs and long-term challenges are explored in depth, and while never espousing a single, unified thesis, a number of possible reasons for the game's fits and starts are presented. What is clear is that the game follows the English wherever they go, and often dies out as soon as they move on, especially in Central and South America.

The game's inability to sink roots in the indigenous populations is a persistent theme, and continues as the major obstacle to growth to this day. It is hoped that one day a "Volume 2" will be added, where a new generation will have established cricket as a commonly-played sport among the people of the Americas. Time will tell.
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