‘A-Half-Forgotten-Triumph’: A fascinating new book on Kent Cricket’s 1913 season

Friday 9th August 2013

‘A-Half-Forgotten-Triumph’: A fascinating new book on Kent Cricket’s 1913 season

A fascinating new book on Kent cricket, which looks in depth at the championship title season exactly a century ago, in 1913, is to be launched in Canterbury Week by its joint authors, Martin Moseling and Tony Quarrington.

Recently published by Sportsbooks, the book “A Half-Forgotten Triumph” chronicles the events during the last full season before the onset of the Great War. It reflects on the Golden Age of Kent Cricket from 1905 to 1914, when the County won the championship title four times. It looks at the main issues affecting cricket at that time, tells the story on a match by match basis, and reflects on the social background against which the season was played.

There are 36 chapters full of interesting stories, and the book is liberally illustrated with some brilliant photographs and cartoons, more than 200 in all, some being seen for the first time in a century.

Amongst the stories told is the historic encounter between Kent and Warwickshire at Tonbridge, when the visitors were all out for 16 in their second innings, the lowest score made against Kent.

Then there was the occasion at Blackheath when Kent beat Surrey and the visitors’ captain had to make a public apology after he retaliated when an over excited home supporter "accidently" bumped into him as he was leaving the field.

The book, which is priced at £20 is a must buy, must read companion for all Kent supporters, especially those interested in the history of the County. There is a special discounted price of £15.99 for Kent Supporters and Club members.

Martin and Tony are long standing Kent members and they will be available during Cricket Week in the Supporters Club marquee to autograph copies of the book, which has a foreword by Kent Cricket Committee member Jonathan Rice. They will also be signing copies outside the Club Shop during lunch and intervals on days one and two of the LV= County Championship fixture.

Both Martin and Tony are members of Kent’s Heritage Committee, which is currently looking at the options available to Kent for the care and display of the county's archive and artefacts. Martin is a member of MCC, Cross Arrows, The Band of Brothers, Incogniti and Cryptics and is a well known blogger on cricket. He is also a member of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.

Another member of the ACS and the Cricket Society, Tony is an author and blogger with a passion for travel and has been watching Kent since he was a schoolboy. Narrowly missing out on the Kent U-15 team, he became a modest club cricketer in London and Yorkshire before settling for the simpler pleasures of watching county cricket. Make sure you purchase a copy of this book during Canterbury Cricket week.

Peter Burrowes