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July 2014 review in Book Verdict by
More a monograph than a traditional reference source, this work focuses on the history of cricket in eastern Canada and the original American colonies from the 1700s to the late 1800s. Little is written about either Latin America or other parts of the United States although there are short chapters on Hawaii and Mexico. Likewise, not much is included about 20th-century cricket. However, self-publisher Patel’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the sport are in evidence throughout his text. In an articulate and absorbing style, the author, a fan of the game, details convincingly the sport’s beginnings in America’s colonial era, its growth over the next hundred years, and its eventual decline at the end of the 19th century. His descriptions of key figures, games, and moments lovingly capture the sport’s essence. Many pages contain fascinating artifacts such as scorecards, pictures, diagrams, and announcements, giving the work authenticity. The bibliography has a solid selection of texts but generally lists magazines, journals, and periodicals without specific citations. The lengthy index primarily lists names and places. Perhaps the most satisfying part of the book is Patel’s attempt to explain cricket’s failure to catch on in America. One can sense his exasperation and disappointment that baseball rather than cricket evolved into the nation’s pastime. After reading this informative introductory history of the sport, many may agree with him. VERDICT Although a bit short on statistics, this title is an engaging work on the first two centuries of cricket in North America, and one that general readers who want to learn more about the sport will enjoy.