What I Love About Cricket: One Man's Vain Attempt to Explain Cricket to a Teenager Who Couldn't Give a Toss (Paperback)

by Sandy Balfour

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"What I Love (About Cricket)" is the story of a summer when a 'master' cricket obsessive teaches his novice 'pupil' the wisdom of the game. Sandy Balfour is cast as the supposed master and his sixteen-year-old daughter's new boyfriend - the skateboarding Boy Wonder - is the reluctant pupil. Sandy and the teenager Boy Wonder are from different universes, but when a broken ankle scupper's the boy's holiday plans he reticently agrees to accompany Sandy to Lord's. After a rain-interrupted start to their relationship things begin to click and slowly but surely cricket creeps into their shared summer. This beginner's guide to the infuriatingly perverse game of cricket is a love letter address equally to those who utterly fail to understand it and to those who need reminding why they fell in love in the first place. What unfolds is wonderfully observed and very funny and as much about fathers and daughters, love and life as it is about cricket.

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