10 for 66 and All That by Arthur Mailey

By Arthur Mailey

Arthur Mailey's vintage autobiography, first released in 1958, is a wry and interesting account by way of a skilled cricketer from a really diversified era—full of zest, assorted, quickly, moving the purpose of assault, occasionally extravagant, often excellent and consistently considerate. For 50 years, Arthur Mailey performed and watched first class cricket. in the course of his try occupation he performed opposed to a number of the greats, and on one amazing get together disregarded his idol, Victor Trumper, to his rapid remorse: "I felt like a boy who had killed a dove." it is a reminder of the dignity days of cricket—amateurs and execs, Bradman, Noble, and Trumper batting, and Barnes, O'Reilly, and Fleetwood-Smith with the ball.

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Herby Sutcliffe was another great English batsman who was never a pro at heart, although his style of batting suggested it. Frank Woolley and Jack Hobbs, however, were far too modest to be anything but pros. Both were self-contained, and while their style of batting was consistent with amateurism, both realised, like the champion egg-laying hen, that if their product wasn’t up to standard, the fact of wearing a crown wouldn’t save their heads. Although Jack did Wally Hammond have the honour of captaining 45 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 46 10 for 66 and All That England, he felt at the time like the best man who was asked to become a bigamist because the groom failed to appear.

While I was there I used to practise bowling during ‘spellos’ and lunch intervals. I always had a cricket ball with me wherever I was working, just in case there was a brick wall or a fence to bowl at. ’ Did it ever occur to them, in later years, that fifty per cent of their prophecy came true? 18 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 19 3. Opposing my hero ore unemployment—and still I carried a cricket ball as I trudged the streets. I had drifted into a lower grade of cricket, though it was still of a fairly good standard, and I was told by some of my team-mates that I was capable of bowling a very dangerous ball.

E. Gregory, Webster, MacLaren, M 28 10 for 66 and All That 21/7/08 5:22 PM Page 29 PICKED FOR AUSTRALIA Whatty, D. Smith and Carkeek, had returned from England via America and lost by three runs to the Philadelphians, mainly because of Barton King, who in the match captured nine wickets for 78 runs. Now our chaps wanted another crack at them. B. Benjamin, a small rotund Jew wearing the biggest diamond I had ever seen, and this time the team consisted of A. H. G. Macartney, W. L. A. S. N. R. Mayne, J.

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