The rich cricketing history of Huntingdonshire has been charted in print for the first time.
Huntingdonshire Cricket Board development officer Kevin Clement, is the man behind The Forgotten County – a wonderfully in-depth record of players and results going back 275 years.
Clement, 61, spent close to eight years putting together the first publication of its kind and is delighted with the end result.
“I’m a bit of a cricket anorak,” admitted Clement. “I have done quite a lot of archive work and research over the years, and the book project just spun off from that.
“Nobody really talks about cricket in Huntingdonshire and sure enough no-one had ever written a book on it either. It was seven or eight years ago that I first had the thought of putting one together.
“I spoke to a few people who had played for the county in the past who were armed with scrapbooks galore and that set me off.
“I’ve been in records offices, looking through microfiche and I’m delighted it has all come together.
“It is the sort of book where there will quite clearly be information missing and I’m looking forward to receiving feedback in that regard. I wouldn’t mind publishing a second edition if there is scope in the future.”
The book contains an A to Z list of all players to have represented Huntingdonshire at senior level from 1842 to 2015.
It covers everyone from Alfred Ackroyd (a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler who was born in 1858) to Billy Young – a left-handed batsman who was on county duty in much more recent times.
There is also a section on other prominent cricketing personalities to have played the game in this county.
Featuring in that list are an Earl (Charles Gordon Aboyne), an OBE (Charles Beart), the greatest female player ever to grace the game (Charlotte Edwards CBE) and even the book’s author (Clement).
Edwards is one of two England senior internationals to have been born in Huntingdonshire. Nobby Clark, who played in eight tests in the era between the first and second world wars is the other.
Wayne Larkins, who played in 13 Test matches, and Sandford Spence Schultz, who was in the England squad that toured Australia in 1878/79, also played for Hunts but were born outside the area.
The Forgotten County also features a thorough set of Hunts records and results in addition to a timeline of known cricketing events.
It stretches back 275 years to a 1741 game between the Gentlemen of Bedfordshire and the Gentlemen of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire.
All profits from the book will go into the continued development of youth cricket in the county. More than 100 copies have already been sold.
The Forgotten County can be purchased by sending your name and address, along with a cheque for £10, made payable to ‘Huntingdonshire County Cricket Club’, to the Hunts Cricket Board offices, Unit 4D, Grange Farm, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE28 2PH.