A good summer for England in 1974 - albeit a cold and wet one - was tempered by a dismal Ashes tour which followed. Blighted by injury and hostile fast bowling. Short-pitched bowling was foremost in the editor's mind as he wrote on the "Menace of Short Pitched Bouncers". Counties faced severe financial difficulties - Middlesex asked all 7000 members for £10 each to avoid imminent bankruptcy. The retirement of Garry Sobers - who was knighted in the New Year - elicited a lengthy and glowing tribute.
Editor Norman Preston
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