About The Country House Cricketer
Longlisted for the MCC/Cricket Society book of the year. Raising money for Parkinson's research.
In 2012, writer, cricketer and Parkinson’s sufferer Pete Langman was forced by injury to bat left-handed. He decided to turn his season into a fundraising opportunity, raising almost £3,000 for Parkinson’s UK, while penning a popular column in All Out Cricket in the process. Playing at Sheffield Park, he realised he was about to walk out to bat where none other than the great W. G. Grace had played the Australians. Having scored a mere one run fewer than the good Doctor did in 1884, he started wondering about other grounds like Sheffield Park, attached to stately homes and full of cricketing history.
A few months later he mentioned, over dinner, the idea of playing cricket at some of the most beautiful grounds in the country, with a view to producing a book of photographs of the great game in classic surroundings, took shape. More than just a picture book, it would connect past and present, investigate the how and the why, not merely the where. Before the coffee arrived, The Country House Cricketer was born.
The book, featuring twelve grounds from Audley End to Arundel, Stourhead to Sheffield Park boasts a foreword by ex-England star Mark Butcher and an introduction by Robert Sackville-West.
All profits from The Country House Cricketer will help fund research into Parkinson’s through Parkinson’s UK and the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.