Lord’s in the great days

The young Dalrymple wasted many a happy day at the ground. The Great War had not yet broken out, and

there were no clouds, only clear blue skies. (Like the game itself, the weather has since changed for the worse.)

The crowd, except for Test matches,

was exiguous, but it struck me as in no way peculiar that professionals should play a three-day match in front of only a smattering of spectators in a very large ground, only to end in a draw. On the contrary, this only reassured me as to the importance of what they were doing: there was something almost hieratic about it.

It was a world, says Dalrymple,

in which people would rather lose than cheat.

And cricket today? It is less

namby-pamby gentlemanly play up, play up, and play the game; more all’s fair in love and war.

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  • Hans  On July 2, 2019 at 04:27

    Hi. Thank you for doing this. I was wondering: has Dalrymple ever published a list of his favorite books? If not, what would you guess? Thanks

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