2013 Four new books – direct from publishers

Acumen will obtain copies on your behalf if there is sufficient demand.
email office@acumenbooks.co.uk expressing interest - without final commitment

1 Marine Sports of India's The Law is an …
2 Ray Markham – A Scorer's Odyssey.
3 Successful Sports Officiating – psychology from Human Kinetics .
4 No Dazzling Deeds … History of NSW Cricket Umpires & Scorers.

Details on 2013 Law Books to follow shortly.

Marine Sports of India have published a controversial challenge to the presentation of MCC Laws.

Their description can be found at

Acumen Books should be able to supply at less than £10 per copy including UK postage - and less if enough people.

From Loft to Lord’s: a Scorer’s Odyssey’ is a humorous book about my own personal odyssey as a cricket scorer, from the rickety loft above the changing rooms in the pavilion at Sprotbrough C.C. to the hallowed halls of Lord's. Here is an extract from the blurb:-

If you enjoy funny, real-life stories, then you’ll love this book. It takes you into the unpredictable and unsung world of the cricket scorer, giving a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes on in and around the scorebox. 
As you journey with our intrepid scorer, prepare to: 
meet D.B., Lady Hamilton, Clarissa, Mavis, Sid, Charles, the claustrophobia chorus, the duckbill platypus, coaches, players and umpires, all with hilarious and comical results; 
discover the joys and trials of scoreboxes and operating scoreboards, eating cricket teas and scoring with players who don’t want to be scoring; 
be surprised by what scorers have to do, where they have to score, and what they have to put up with;
watch out for grinning pigs flying low over scoreboxes, and a cameo appearance by Sachin Tendulkar; 
laugh out loud at the mishaps, conversations and situations which our resourceful scorer encounters as his odyssey unfolds.
Written in a brilliantly descriptive way, with exceptionally dry wit, a sharp eye for detail and engaging anecdotes, this book provides a charming, informative and highly amusing read.’

All the incidents in the book are based on events that actually happened to me!

If you are interested in finding out more, please click on this link:-


I hope you enjoy reading it! Please tell your friends about it!

Thank you 

Ray Markham

Successful Sports Officiating will help prepare aspiring and inexperienced officials for the rigours of the job. 

Written by leading experts in the officiating field—boasting experience at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels—this second edition has been completely revised and updated and includes new chapters on the current state of officiating, officiating as a career, and mental training. Enlightening discussions on developing an officiating philosophy and the psychology of officiating help you understand what it takes to be a successful official beyond just knowing the rules and mechanics. 


Available now as electronic download for £14.99

Or printed copy from Acumen Books shortly at £16.99 post free.

Ken Piesse tells me that he has a new book which "is proving very popular is NO DAZZLING DEEDS WITH BAT OR BALL, a centenary history of the NSW Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association by David Jenkins & Ronald Cardwell, with a foreword by Brian Booth

"It is a lovely 500 page hardback and contains anecdotes, memories and reminisces from the men with the best seat in the house… there are also more than 200 photos.

"It is $75 including post from (him) at cricketbooks.com.au or email (him), kenpiesse@ozemail.com.au"

Presumably the price quoted is in AUD and includes Australian postage only.


If anyone buys it, we would welcome a review here.

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