Having solely joined the ranks of the First Class counties in 1992, 110 years after the membership was shaped, Durham’s shall be by a ways the shortest of those items, although over that comparatively modest 28 years the county has nonetheless generated plenty of books.
Durham’s First Class bow was greeted by as many as three histories. Jack Bannister and David Graveney mixed to put in writing Durham CCC – Previous, Current and Future. The primary 170 pages are Bannister, former Warwickshire opening bowler and very long time journalist and broadcaster, writing the historical past of the county membership as much as 1990. At that time Graveney takes over the story and describes his journey from Gloucestershire to Durham as one of many skilled previous palms recruited to assist mould the merchandise of Durham’s youth coverage right into a group. His narrative extends to an extra 90 pages and there may be then a complete set of statistical data of the Minor County that occupies an extra fifty pages.
Competing with Bannister/Graveney, however not on a like for like foundation, was author/broadcaster Ralph Dellor who printed Durham: Delivery of a First Class County, protecting a lot the identical floor as Graveney had albeit in moderately extra element. The third e-book, from one other of the previous palms recruited to the taking part in workers, was Simon Hughes’ From Main to Minor, which amounted to a diary of that first season.
It has been an up and down existence for Durham. Initially they had been, unsurprisingly, the whipping boys of the Championship. By 2008 nonetheless they had been Champions, and in 2009 native journalist Tim Wellock prolonged the historical past with Summers With Durham, wanting on the membership’s time on the backside and its sluggish climb to the highest. This was complemented by The Unattainable Dream Come True, printed the identical 12 months. That e-book was written by Tom Moffatt, one of many architects of the elevation to First Class standing, and provides an insider’s account of the method.
After that first win Durham remained on the high for a number of seasons earlier than monetary burdens, contributed to largely by the county’s efforts to convey Take a look at cricket to the North East introduced with them a disaster that noticed the most effective gamers go away the membership and a relegation pressured on them by a factors penalty in 2016. That story is informed by Stuart Rayner within the glorious Five Trophies and a Funeral, printed in 2019
So far as biographical books are involved there have solely been three referring to Durham gamers, two of which concern Steve Harmison. The primary, Quick Work, was written by Tony Lawrence, and the second, Velocity Demons, an autobiography, appeared in 2017. Ben Stokes autobiography, one suspects the primary of a number of, appeared as Firestarter in 2016. There may be additionally a Tempus 100 Greats e-book, put collectively by Matthew Appleby. That assortment appeared in 2004 and covers each pre and put up First Class standing, 78 pre and 22 put up.
And the 2 on my want checklist? The primary is a biography of Paul Collingwood, which absolutely will seem sooner or later. My different selection needn’t be a considerable e-book, and maybe even a monograph would do, however an account of Durham’s historic victory over Yorkshire in 1973 once they turned the primary Minor County to defeat a First Class county within the previous Gillette Cup can be very welcome. It could even be the right form of undertaking for a de luxe leather-based certain restricted version signed by all of the surviving gamers from each side.