Better Than He Knew: The Graham Barlow Story recalls the cricketing life of Graham Barlow, a talented all-round sportsman and largely unsung member of the Middlesex team that dominated domestic cricket from 1976 to 1985.
Emerging from schoolboy cricket, seven years passed before he established himself in 1976. Cast aside after a 300-day international career, his focus on fitness and fielding often overshadowed his pugnacious batting. After a disastrous 1982, promotion to the top of the order to open with Wilf Slack provided the stability that he longed for and triggered the most successful period of his career until injury forced retirement. A global coaching career followed with success in New Zealand as Head Coach of Central Districts.
Better Than He Knew is a deeply personally tribute that includes Graham's memoirs and synchronistic thoughts about the ups and downs of his life and career. There's also insight from former team-mates, whose stories celebrate this likeable cricketer and a golden era of county cricket.
This is the story of a well-liked and enthusiastic county cricketer, who had a 300-day international career and later became a respected coach on two continents. Read how:
Graham Barlow has collaborated with James Hawkins to tell his life story. The pair first met in 1981, when a 13-year-old James and his friends bowled at Graham on the outfield at Northampton. A first-time author, James is a self-confessed cricket fanatic, having loved all aspects of the game for the past 40 years. Jim, to his many cricketing friends, is an MCC member and a life member of Northamptonshire CCC. Married with two children, he works on increasing participation in cricket for all groups in the 'Steelbacks in the Community' team.
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