Participation in recreational cricket is on the decline and arresting this trend is the issue of the day. But take a look back at club cricket’s last 100 years, and you’ll quickly realise that a sense of crisis has never been far away – even at the very height of the game’s popularity. At every stage, a spirit of determination, collaboration and above all, fun, has seen the game endure and thrive. The Show Must Go On – intended as part social history, part celebration of glorious feats, clubs, and individuals, part assessment of how far we’ve come, and part analysis of where we need to go next – is about paying tribute to that spirit.
Produced by All Out Cricket in association with the Club Cricket Conference – an institution celebrating its centenary year – the book features a foreword by Angus Fraser and a host of wonderful contributors: from AOC’s Ed Kemp and Phil Walker – the book’s editors – to the likes of Stephen Chalke, Sahil Dutta, David Frith, Andrew Miller, Benj Moorehead, Raf Nicholson and many others.