Norman Preston succeeded his father, Hubert, as editor for the 1952 edition. Hubert, who edited the Almanack from 1944, retired from his post on the advice of his doctor. Norman promised to maintain a high standard, but warned that the book was engaged in a "losing battle against obesity": the edition was increased to 1031 pages, and hence the price rocketed by two whole shillings. There are two contributions from distinguished Test players - Vijay Merchant on 20 years of Indian cricket, and Lindsay Hassett on how players were groomed in Australia. King George VI died, and Preston concluded his first set of Notes by remembering the King's hat-trick at Windsor Castle. Lionel Tennyson - the grandson of the famous poet - who played for Hampshire and captained England, also passed away.
Editor Norman Preston
Pages 1031
Price Twelve shillings and sixpence

Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

Causes of listless cricket, 1952

A call for culture

Safety-first can ruin cricket, 1952

F. R. Brown: leader of men


Growth of Hampshire cricket


How Test players are raised

The Australian method, 1952

Modern county cricket

More enterprise needed, 1952

Tom Goddard retires

Thomas William John Goddard, 1952

Twenty years of Indian Test cricket


Series included

M. C. C. team in Australia and New Zealand, 1950-51

Report | Matches

South Africans in England, 1951

Report | Matches