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Batting for Berlin
This summer’s quirkiest cricket book …
‘All I want is that when I talk to someone about cricket, they don’t ask me about the horse,’ – Brian Mantle, General Manager, German Cricket Association.
‘Curtain calls for Aussie cricketer in Berlin’ – Jim Maxwell, ABC cricket commentator.
‘A fantastic account of cricket and the battle it has in becoming a loved past time all across the globe’ – Ed Cowan, Australian cricketer and author.
A hilarious true story about how a group of ex-patriot enthusiasts formed a cricket team in Berlin, Germany, conquered the snow and the local league and then represented German cricket in England and India.
Australian André Leslie goes to Berlin for work and ends up playing cricket with the other expats at the Berlin Cricket Club (BCC). Despite being on the other side of the world and held together by a bunch of cricketing tragics, the BCC has something in common with all Australian club cricket teams – it is the real home of hard work, everyday heroes and dreams come true, especially in Germany, a country that was never really meant to play cricket. Despite the fact that playing cricket in Germany is such a thankless task – or perhaps because of this – André and his team-mates persist. The grand old game of cricket deserves the recognition. Even in Germany. After all, in what other country in the world does cricket get mistaken for polo, and you get asked where you stable your horses, much to the chagrin of Brian Mantle, the General Manager of the German Cricket Association?
With a foreword by Jim Maxwell, legendary ABC cricket commentator.
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