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Compensation for the downpour now brought the chance to engage in extended conversation with the author. Indeed I had voted for her, and the chance to chat now reinforced my belief that I had used my ballot paper wisely.
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I always suspect the motives and relevant experience of male candidates who list as major credentials membership of half a dozen wandering clubs, and I also believe that women usually bring a civilising influence to any committee dominated by men. This is also true of the obverse situation, I am assured, when a bloke becomes the cockerel in the hen run.
I am supposed to be reviewing this book, and the conventions demand a measure of objectivity. In the past I have turned down requests to provide a critique when an author has been a personal friend, but on this occasion I have chosen instead to expose the background to how I came by the book, aware that my experience may have brought accompanying prejudices.
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I shall confess to having been charmed by the author and impressed by her obvious vitality and an almost certifiable dedication to the game of cricket. No bra-burning feminist, she captains an otherwise all-male team in the Surrey Downs League. Any history, let alone one that sets out to cover the development of the game worldwide, runs the risk that the desire to set out all the facts and figures means that the readability of the book is compromised.
When it did, press reports devoted more space to playing apparel than to the on-field action. By contrast, as late as the s women playing cricket in public in Pakistan risked prosecution and death threats. In New Caledonia, where it was traditionally only women who played, the equipment sounds distinctly homespun, there are no conventional creases, overs are of one ball and matches must be officiated by men, who have the power to issue red cards!
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