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The Bolton-born all-rounder Jimmy Hallows performed admirably in the 1904 county cricket championship season. A prominent member of the Lancashire side that was undefeated in winning the title he also became the first Lancashire cricketer to achieve the first-class double in county championship cricket, scoring 1,058 runs and taking 108 wickets, including career-best performances with both bat and ball. He was subsequently named as one of the ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’ in John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack for 1905 in recognition of his achievements the previous summer. This book records the details of Hallows’ fine season and reflects on the achievements of the Red Rose county who, under the leadership of Archie MacLaren, won 16 and drew 10 of their 26 championship matches. With Hallows, John Tommy Tyldesley, Reggie Spooner and Willis Cuttell all to the fore, they completely dominated the 1904 county championship season in England. Sadly for Hallows this was to prove the pinnacle of his career. In common with Lancashire’s greatest all-round cricketer Johnny Briggs he suffered from a form of epilepsy and ill-health severely affected his cricket career; he once suffered a seizure on the field of play during a Roses match at Old Trafford in 1905. He went on to make his last appearance for the county against Essex at Old Trafford in 1907, having scored 5,065 runs and taken 287 wickets in 139 first-class matches. An uncle of the Lancashire and England opening batsman Charlie Hallows, he died at Farnworth, Bolton, on the 20th of May 1910 aged just 36, after a few weeks’ illness. Original decorative wrappers, A5, v + 27pp, illustrated. Numbers 1 to 16 are to be issued as a de-luxe, hardback edition, bound in red cloth, with marbled end-papers, ribbon marker and individual slip-case, signed by both K. Martin Tebay and Matthew Worden. Due to be published in late May, 2009, available UK post free
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Charlie Hallows. 80 Years On - 1,000 Runs in May, 1928 by K. Martin Tebay
The 1928 season was a memorable one for Lancashire County Cricket Club, particularly so for their opening batsman Charlie Hallows. The club remained unbeaten in winning a third successive County Championship title and Hallows, in his benefit season, became only the third batsman to score 1,000 first-class runs in May, following in the illustrious footsteps of WG Grace and Wally Hammond, memorably reaching the landmark with an innings of 232 against Sussex at Old Trafford. The following fixture, his chosen benefit match against Surrey, saw 1,155 runs scored for the loss of just 13 wickets over the three days play, the match helping to raise the sum of £2,906 for the beneficiary. The booklet records the achievement of Hallows, including a reproduction of the three page souvenir pamphlet issued in aid of his benefit year (Padwick 7633), whilst also paying tribute to his Lancashire team-mates who performed so magnificently during the 1928 County Championship season.
Johnny Briggs. Poor Johnny by Stuart Brodkin
Original red cloth, marbled end-papers, ribbon marker and individual slip-case. Special de-luxe limited edition of 50 copies published in conjunction with The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians, signed and numbered by the author.
The Life of John Briggs by Herbert Turner (limited edition facsimile reprint)
Originally published in 1902, the book is here reprinted in exact facsimile with a new, expansive introduction by Gerry Wolstenholme. Limited Edition of 200 numbered copies, signed by Gerry Wolstenholme.
Mine Host at The Mitre. 'Bobbie' Peel at Blackpool, 1905 by Gerry Wolstenholme.
Born in Churwell near Leeds in 1857, Bobbie Peel was one of Yorkshire’s finest slow left arm bowlers and he was also no mean batsman. He played 321 games for the county between 1882 and 1897 and toured Australia four times with England between 1892 and 1894, playing in a total of 20 Test Matches. In all he played 436 first-class games taking 1,775 wickets at 16.20 runs each and scored 12,191 runs at an average of 19.44 with a highest score of 210 not out. Unfortunately his Yorkshire career ended prematurely when Lord Hawke dismissed him. Thereafter he had one season as a professional at Accrington Cricket Club in the Lancashire League and then seemed to disappear from the cricket scene. He re-emerged for one last hurrah as an amateur at Blackpool where he had taken the license of a town centre public house, The Mitre. This is the little known story, complete with a previously unpublished team photograph, of probably his last foray into organised cricket. Signed, limited edition of 120 copies, numbers 1 to 20 are to be issued as a de-luxe, hardback edition,bound in red cloth, with marbled end-papers, ribbon marker and individual slip-case.
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