Date of publication: 2010
By Nicholas Utechin
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
The Gold Bats of the P G Wodehouse Society
2001 – 2010
On Sunday 20th June, at West Wycombe cricket ground, the Society’s cricket team took on the Gold Bats of the P. G. Wodehouse Society in the 10th anniversary match of this famous fixture.
During the lunch interval, a commemorative brochure entitled Wycombe Wonders was launched and distributed to players and supporters of both sides. Written by Nick Utechin, with a Foreword by team captain Peter Horrocks, it tells a tale of cricketing adventures, disasters and occasional glories, charting the eight matches played up to 2010 (there was too much rain in 2007). It is a bucolic and not wholly serious addition to the Society's publishing catalogue – an item that deserved a wide readership (and you don't need to understand the official cricket rules of 1895 to appreciate the dramas).
It was published under the auspices of Bob Ellis in an edition of 221B unnumbered copies and is beautifully illustrated.
It could be that if you buy this enticing little booklet, it might impel you to come to the next match to enjoy the atmosphere, the sun, the camaraderie and the bottles!