As any follower of the Outcasts CC will acknowledge, a fixture with a respectable body like the Lords and Commons Cricket Club was never likely to lead to a happy outcome - however charitable the intentions. And, of course, the presence of an Arabian prince and a delegation of American politicians could only ever complicate matters. Politically Cricket portrays the world of village cricket at its most entangled.
'It was a harsh intrusion into the peaceful setting of a village cricket match. In the countryside gunshots are not unusual. Farmers are not averse to potting rabbits or scaring birds off their crops. In those circumstances more than one shot would be expected. It might have been a car backfiring. It was the fact that some people thought they had a heard a scream that tended to rule out these explanations.' Fatally Cricket portrays the world of village cricket at its most murderous.
One would think that only a club with at least twenty-two players would arrange to play simultaneous fixtures. But with the Outcasts CC - England's most notorious wandering club - it is different, of course. Still, the challenge provided by a clash of fixtures should at least allow the club to put behind it the unfortunate memories of their first ever fixture in France. Or perhaps not.
The Outcasts CC is England’s most infamous wandering cricket club. Somehow its pursuits of the noble ideals of cricket seem always to be accompanied by a good deal of beer, sex, and curry – not necessarily in that order – plus the attention of the emergency services. Now, in Accidentally Cricket, the Outcasts go global, causing mayhem in their distinctively disreputable style all the way from small-town Australia to the grounds of an English country house.
The Outcasts are Britain's most notorious wandering cricket club. Their fixtures seem inevitably to involve a volatile cocktail of beer, curry, and sex, not necessarily in that order. Why would the Outcasts annual visit to Doredell prove any difference, unless of course it was worse than that...
The Outcasts are Britain's most notorious wandering cricket club. Their fixtures seem always to end unfortunately, not to say disgracefully. Why should the two early season fixtures recounted here end any differently? They should certainly never have been allowed near schools cricket...
"The Outcasts CC is England's most infamous wandering cricket club. Somehow its pursuits of the noble ideals of cricket seem always to be accompanied by a good deal of beer, sex, and the attention of the emergency services - " One of five novels by Alan Haselhurst about the exploits of the Outcasts Cricket Club, Occasionally Cricket recounts four of their matches.