The Last Flannelled Fool: My small part in English cricket's demise and its large part in mine

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Michael Simkins is the ultimate Sunday cricketer - passionate, obsessive, technically inept, and hopelessly deluded. When an injury rules him out of an entire season, not only might it spell the end of his long career, he is faced more immediately with a summer aimlessly wandering garden

centres and listening to The Archers.

He decides instead to set off on an odyssey across the counties of England in search of that golden time in his youth when his passion for the game was fi rst kindled. It's a journey that begins in May in light drizzle at the birthplace of cricket, takes in the burial site of his favourite ground (now a Marks & Spencer) and even stops along the way to flirt with the love child of WG Grace and Kerry Katona that is Twenty20. It ends with the ultimate cricketing zenith - returning to the fi eld of play to bowl an over to Freddie Flintoff in fading light in front of a capacity crowd. So can cricket still bring comfort and meaning to his life or is Old Father Time about to call for Michael's bails?

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"one of those rambling, picaresque, unashamedly nostalgic travel books that so enliven a summer afternoon ... funny, crafty and written with extraordinary verve."
--Marcus Berkmann, Mail on Sunday

"an amiable, sharp-eyed companion...there's plenty of fun to be had reading this" --The Independent on Sunday

"light, whimsical, well-observed" --The Daily Telegraph

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A hilarious odyssey in search of some answers about life and cricket from the author of the bestselling Fatty Batter

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