By Arthur Mailey
Arthur Mailey's vintage autobiography, first released in 1958, is a wry and fascinating account by means of a skilled cricketer from a really diverse era—full of zest, diversified, fast, moving the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, often wonderful and constantly considerate. For 50 years, Arthur Mailey performed and watched firstclass cricket. in the course of his try out profession he performed opposed to some of the greats, and on one remarkable celebration disregarded his idol, Victor Trumper, to his quick remorse: "I felt like a boy who had killed a dove." this can be a reminder of the respect days of cricket—amateurs and execs, Bradman, Noble, and Trumper batting, and Barnes, O'Reilly, and Fleetwood-Smith with the ball.
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V. (Ranji) Hordern who went off to Philadelphia to study dentistry. He claimed much success with it during tours through England 14 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 15 YOUTH with a couple of Philadelphian teams and later returned to play against England and South Africa between 1908 and 1911. In the meantime, a fine New South Wales batsman, Charles Barnes, although not a regular bowler, had exploited this particular ball and caused havoc against Victoria on one occasion. At his heels came Sid Emery, who visited England during the 1912 triangular contests.
When it left my hand it was singing sweetly like a humming top. The trajectory couldn’t have been more graceful if designed by a professor of ballistics. The tremendous leg-spin caused the ball to swing and curve from the off and move in line 24 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 25 OPPOSING MY HERO with the middle and leg stump. Had I bowled this particular ball at any other batsman I would have turned my back early in its flight and listened for the death rattle. However, consistent with my idolisation of the champion, I watched his every movement.
Somewhat disappointed and depressed because of my failure to find work I happened to be passing Waterloo Park where several youths were playing with a cricket ball. Of course I joined in. One who seemed to know more than the others had learnt the trick of bowling the ‘bosie’ or ‘wrong ’un’. F. Warner’s team in 1904 or while travelling through Australia en route for New Zealand a short time previously) mystified me. However, I cottoned on to it after a time and rushed home like somebody who had found a nugget of gold.
10 for 66 and All That by Arthur Mailey