Book launch should be a big hit

Former Alstonville Public School deputee headmaster, Workers Club first grader and current president of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, Ian Kirkland (pictured), has chosen a novel way of launching his new book Six or Nothing by hosting a one day cricket match.

The game, appropriately between Clunes and Rous, will be played this Sunday, November 12, at Tregeagle Oval (next to the school). The book, which is a thorough yet whimsical and amusing history of the Rous Cricket Association, will be on sale at the match for $35.Well researched and packed full of score cards and anecdotes, Six or Nothing is Ians third written journey into local history. Part of the struggle with the book was to make the index exacting, Ian said. In some games you might have four players with the same last name and two of them with the same initial. Working out first names was important to me and I had to search long and hard to get the exact details.Ian received a $2000 grant from the Royal Historical Society to assist in publishing the history. Sundays 40 per side game will be primarily a veterans match played in an old style manner with generous drinks breaks and an equally generous interpretation of the laws. It is hoped that the greatest player never to play for Australia, Sam Trimble, will take part but even if he doesnt the Trimble clan will be well represented.The picnic day and game gets underway at 10am.

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