1937

The editor pressed for an end to timeless Tests and a reduction in the number of County Championship matches (at the time each county played 32 a season). "Bowling would be better if bowlers were not kept at full tension six days a week," he wrote. Gloucestershire were congratulated on helping the spectator by introducing loudspeakers to help identify new batsmen, and Surrey for using a sandwich-board to publicise the outcome of the toss. At Lord's, a sparrow was killed by a ball delivered by Jahangir Khan for MCC against Canbridge University. "TN Pearce, the batsman, managed to play the ball and the bird fell against the stumps without dislodging a bail," reported the Almanack. The unfortunate bird - now stuffed and a little threadbare - can still be seen in the Lord's Museum. Boardroom unrest was rife inside John Wisden & Co., and the managing director was forced to resign as the board considered the possibility of calling in the liquidators. FL Horabin was appointed as a director for a limited period "to take over and reorganise the management of the business with a view to liquidation".
Editor Wilfred Brookes
Pages 1055
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Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

A no-ball signal for throwing? (1937)

A.P. Freeman in the cricket field

1937

Miscellany

1937

Recollections of Oxford cricket

Some memorable Varsity matches, 1937

Series included

The Australian team in South Africa 1935-36

Report | Matches

The Indian team in England 1936

Report | Matches

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