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The Invincibles
Author: Bob Reece

ISBN: 9780646920375
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1 December 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0
It caused nothing short of a sensation in February 1879 when a fledgling team of Aboriginal cricketers from New Norcia Benedictine Mission appeared from nowhere to take on the colony of Western Australia's leading cricket teams and subject them to some humiliating defeats. How was it that this tiny and isolated outpost of Catholic Spain set in the heat of the Western Australian bush could have given rise to such an extraordinary sporting phenomenon? In this ground breaking book, Western Australian historian Bob Reece traces the colourful history of The Invincibles and their spectacular contests during the 1879, 1881, 1881, 1882 and 1886 cricket seasons against Metropolitan Cricket Club, Fremantle, Guildford, York and teams from the Victorian Plains. Dismissing belief that cricket was intended by Bishop Salvado as a 'civilising' device and that local pastoralist Henry Lefroy was responsible for its introduction at New Norcia, the book shows that the mission's Aborigines themselves took the initiative. The Invincibles, as they came to be called, excelled in batting and bowling as well as fielding, challenging the notion that cricket was quintessentially an Englishman's game involving typically English skills and value...

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