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Taking Fresh Guard - A Memoir
Tony Lewis
ISBN: 9780747262732 (074726273X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2004
Cyhoeddwr: Headline Book Publishing Ltd., Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 197x128 mm, 280 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £7.99   
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Hunangofiant hynod ddiddorol Tony Lewis, yn cynnwys straeon difyr gan y darlledwr, gohebydd a gweinyddwr criced cydnabyddedig, cyn-gapten timau criced Morgannwg a Lloegr, llywydd yr MCC a chadeirydd Bwrdd Croeso Cymru. 35 ffotograff du-a-gwyn.

The highly fascinating autobiography of Tony Lewis, comprising many amusing stories and anecdotes by the renowned cricket broadcaster, correspondent and administrator, former captain of Glamorgan and England cricket team, president of MCC and chairman of the Welsh Tourist Board. 35 black-and-white photographs.
Tony Lewis’s Taking Fresh Guard is a revealing and entertaining book, obviously using cricket as its central theme, but digressing into many events and interests which reveal the rounded nature of his life.

He was born in Swansea but soon moved to Neath where we learn of his early cricketing experiences on the streets and then at Neath Grammar School. Tony was also a talented violinist with the Welsh National Youth orchestra and had to choose which career to pursue, as he describes in an early chapter.

He went on to Cambridge and captaincy of the University, Glamorgan 1967-72 and England 1972-73. He had a 20 year career as a county cricketer until knee problems forced an early retirement and he carried on the tradition as the last amateur captain of Glamorgan following Wilf Wooller and Ossie Wheatley.

Ambivalence featured in his attitude to the game: ‘Each season for ten years I would wonder whether to continue playing or not . . . I could be an outstanding professional for a couple of days, a good one for another two, but I lacked the focus to succeed all the time.’ This honest assessment explains why he developed a parallel career as a journalist with the Daily Telegraph, reporting rugby in the winter. After his retirement he became first a Test Match Special commentator, later moving to the BBC as its cricket anchorman.

An interesting chapter analyses captaincy, and one feels that he is inclined to favour the instinctive captain – Benaud, Illingwerth, Brearley – rather than the manufactured model. As President of the MCC 1998-2000 he favours their approach and is rather scathing of the ECB’s approach with its ‘top down’ attitude rather than grass roots encouragement. He is traditionalist and I agree with him in wanting a one division county championship, 3 day county cricket and uncovered pitches which contribute to result cricket. Equally, coaching and involvement at school, club and then county level is the way forward for cricket’s future.

A wide ranging book with some marvellous insights into players, commentators – Arlott his particular favourite – along with other aspects of a well-lived life.

Geoff Edwards

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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