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A good summer for England in 1974 - albeit a cold and wet one - was tempered by a dismal Ashes tour which followed. Blighted by injury and hostile fast bowling. Short-pitched bowling was foremost in the editor's mind as he wrote on the "Menace of Short Pitched Bouncers". Counties faced severe financial difficulties - Middlesex asked all 7000 members for £10 each to avoid imminent bankruptcy. The retirement of Garry Sobers - who was knighted in the New Year - elicited a lengthy and glowing tribute.
Editor Norman Preston
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200 years of laws
Buying back one's past
Gilbert Jessop the most exciting cricketer of them all
Old Trafford humiliated
Sir Garfield Sobers
The joy of touring
The willing workhorses of first-class cricket
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