FROM THE BOUNDARY'S EDGELAURENCE GRIFFITHS Book Number: 87910 Product format: Hardback
The gentle tap of leather on willow, the players in white bounding towards the boundary for a catch, the stumps flying, the wicket keeper triumphant - the smells and sounds and sights of an English summer are on the cricket pitch. From the boundary's edge we take a luxurious look in this huge 14" x 11½" luxury picture book. The frozen action shots invite speculation. Did the ball skim to the boundary rope, or maybe the surf? Was the off stump sent cartwheeling out of the ground? Did the batsman hole out in the deep? Award-winning sports photographer Laurence Griffiths is a self-confessed cricket nut. He might be capturing the flashing blade of KP, a menacing Jimmy Anderson in delivery stride, Andrew Strauss taking a blinding slip catch. Here he indulges his passion for the game by descending a run or three, training his viewfinder on the club fixtures and village green encounters up and down the land. Cricket has a spirit all of its own - "Conflict without malice...Chivalrous strife" Arthur Conan Doyle called it. These images show that you don't need to be a grandmaster to take part in the game of 'chess on grass'. A padded-up player flicks through a newspaper, another stretches out on a grassy bank, schoolboys stride out in their whites and blazers with their sports master, there's cricket on the beach in Scotland enjoyed by spectators under a moody sky, an umpire peep from a gap in a drystone wall in Coniston CC, Cumbria, children enjoy cricket in the harbour at South Sands Beach in Devon, and at clubs around Leicestershire and Yorkshire, Flintshire and Nottinghamshire there are freshly-mown meadows, country houses and an industrial elegant scene at Bradford and Raby Castle CC at County Durham. A mixture of colour and black and white full size quality Getty Images. 96pp.
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