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FRITH’S ENCOUNTERS covers over 100 years of cricket. The author’s contact with players and writers spans a period which takes in Wilfred Rhodes, who told him about bowling to W.G.Grace and Victor Trumper, through to the tragic David Bairstow and Peter Roebuck of the modern era. For over 60 years David Frith has made it a duty to meet and befriend numerous people who matter in the summer game, noting their peculiarities, enjoying their company, remembering them in terms of personality beyond statistics. There are 65 colourful memoirs here concerning cricketers and media people who have all passed on, leaving a treasury of anecdotes. At the start, there is an absorbing round-up of hundreds of others with whom the author has had some passing acquaintance. This is cricket from the inside.
Following the success of Masterly Batting the same researchers are now on the hunt for examples of Supreme Bowling. The fruits of their labours will be published in 2015 with a run of 100 outstanding bowling performances in Test cricket.