"She was fond of all boy's plays, and greatly preferred cricket"

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A new book about the history of cricket links Jane Austen to the sport.

His research brings up some delightful surprises: Jane Austen’s connection with cricket, for example. Her parson father got his private pupils and family to play the game. So Jane may even have plied the bat. Women did in the 18th century, wearing enormous hats.

There are illustrations to prove it.

Jane’s nephews were county players; her favourite, Edward Knight, was one of the first to bring in round-arm bowling.

Batter up!