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Not Out at Close of Play: A Life in Cricket By Dennis Amiss with James Graham-Brown

Release date: 08th March, 2021
Publisher: The History Press

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Little could Dennis Amiss have imagined, as a raw teenager making his professional cricket debut for Warwickshire against Surrey at the Oval in 1960, that he would still be involved with the county (as its chief executive) almost half a century later, leaving Edgbaston only to serve his country once more as deputy chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Talk about Mr Reliable. Between 1960-87, Amiss played 658 First Class matches, amassing more than 43,000 runs at an average of almost 43. Incredibly, he scored a century once every six-and-a-half matches, eventually accumulating an astonishing 102 hundreds.

It would be wrong to define Amiss? career solely by numbers, but mention of his England statistics justify inclusion for he played 50 times for his country, scoring more than 3,600 runs at an average of 46.3. Any suggestion that he was a flat track bully is completely dismissed by that incredible average scoring rate accumulated against the world?s best bowling attacks. Indeed, against the West Indies, at a time when their pace attack was entering its pomp, Amiss averaged 70.8.

Amiss published a short autobiography in 1976, but this much longer biography by James Graham-Brown (who played cricket for Kent and Derbyshire) offers readers much more, an overview of a unique life involved in sport and observed from several perspectives, both as a player and administrator.

Despite his impressive batting average and assured stroke play, Amiss was not considered a permanent feature in the England team, a point he accepts with commendable good grace as he talks of his limitations as a player. He also clearly understood that his decision to join Kerry Packer?s World Series Cricket would spell the end of his international career.

The end of his domestic playing career came much later, at Scarborough against Yorkshire in late September 1987. It was one of those rare occasions when Amiss failed to trouble the scorers to any degree: out for a duck in his first innings before scraping together just four runs in the second.

Though that is one statistic which fails to highlight Amiss? innate batting prowess, it?s evident from this well-paced biography that despite his success, Dennis Amiss remains a humble man with whom you would be happy to share a drink and have a chat about this excellent book.


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