Diary of a Cricket Correspondent

Brian Bearshaw's notes on reporting for Lancashire on the 1964 & 1965 Seasons

A Limited Edition of 100 numbered copies.

I came across this little diary when I bought some memorabilia and letters about Brian Bearshaw's book 'The Great Hitters.'

I knew Brian and helped him with research for 'From the Stretford End,' the official history of Lancashire CCC. He was always approachable and good company. He loved Lancashire and wanted them to do well.

These diary notes cover the start of Brian's career as a cricket writer for the Manchester Evening News when he acted as cricket correspondent John Kay's number two and covered Lancashire games when Kay was elsewhere, usually reporting on Tests.

To put them in context, this was the time of the 'Swinging Sixties' when, for example, the Rolling Stones played at the Manchester Palace (December 1964), but the cricket Press Box was dominated by writers who had come through a war and thought long-haired louts should be conscripted!

I think the diary is worth producing because these are Brian's 'on the spot' notes and reveal a time when cricket was very different in how it was covered by the media. As the diary reveals, the press travelled with the players and were often very close to them. It was also a time when Lancashire CCC were going through a lot of change and transition and Brian was at the forefront of reporting on the upheavals of the time.

Malcolm Lorimer

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