A new book was launched at Headingley yesterday: 10 for 10; Hedley Verity and the story of cricket’s greatest bowling feat.
The Wisden-published book, written by Chris Waters – a regular in the Yorkshire press box – tells the story of the legendary left-arm spinner’s unrivalled haul in a Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Headingley in 1932.
It was hoped that the ball used by Verity and his Yorkshire team-mates in the Notts second innings would be present at Headingley yesterday but insurance was a problem.
Verity took a remarkable 1,956 first-class wickets at 14.90 before his death at the age of 38 on Second World War duty in Italy, including 144 wickets from 40 Test matches. He dismissed Don Bradman eight times in Test cricket, more than anyone else.
I have covered Yorkshire games with Chris throughout the season and it is fair to say that he has been a bit twitchy every time somebody gets anywhere close to taking ten wickets in an innings because, understandably, he didn’t want the book to be out of date before it had even hit the shelves.
You can only imagine what he was like when Bradford-born Surrey spinner Gareth Batty had the first eight against Essex last month! He finished with 8-64.
The next best haul since Verity’s was 10-20 taken by Indian left-arm seamer Premangsu Chatterjee for Bengal in 1957.
In truth, the record will remain intact for quite some time.
The book is available at £10.99.