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Excerpt: ...captain, an old Oxford captain, and an old All England Eleven player, descended from a long line of top-hatted cricketers, he devoted what he called his "declining years" to fostering the spirit of the game. Rustleford Manor was one of the strongholds of English cricket. John Chell's reputation as a judge of the game was a recognised asset of the English Selection Committee, and more than one great professional had received his first chance on the Rustleford ground. Pip was not intimately acquainted with John Chell, though he had frequently met him at Lord's and elsewhere, and had known his son Jacky at Cambridge. But he was genuinely pleased with this recognition of his merit. It Pg 183 was a thing apart from journalistic celebrity and the adulation of a Surrey crowd. No man was invited to Rustleford who was not a cricketer, out and out; and a man who played in the Rustleford Manor Eleven was hall-marked for life. The night before his departure he dined alone with his father. Pipette was out at the theatre. The great physician looked aged and ill, and Pip, noticing this for the first time,
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236684435
  • 9781236684431