Derbyshire CCC has had its share of big names and fascinating stories down the years. In Their Own Words recounts the county's history, ever since the Second World War, through the eyes and words of the men who helped create it.


Author Steve Dolman also runs the popular, award-winning Peakfan Blog on Derbyshire cricket. There’s no one better placed to compile a lively, original and surprising history of the county club. Characters from across the spectrum of cricket in Derbyshire each give their personal take on team-mates and opponents, trophy successes, fall-outs and life on the cricket circuit.


In this county history with a difference, the people at the centre of the biggest stories tell how it was from their angle. You will read:

  • Walter Goodyear's thoughts, for the first time in print, on several generations of Derbyshire cricket's personalities and names from the 1930s to 1980s
  • How Edwin Smith took 8-21 on his second appearance for the county – and was dropped!
  • Harold Rhodes on the throwing controversy that ruined his England aspirations – and how he became the fall guy in a witch hunt
  • Geoff Miller's memories of a county career that prepared him for the top job in English cricket
  • Alan Hill and Tony Borrington's thoughts on the fastest and nastiest of the many overseas fast bowlers in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Brian Jackson's smooth transition from league professional to one of the most feared seam bowlers in the country
  • Devon Malcolm's unusual route to the county game and the highs and lows of his career
  • John Wright's take on life as an overseas player, and the differences in coaching at county and international level
  • The transition of Peter Gibbs from stylish opening batsman to acclaimed writer
  • Bob Taylor's take on wicket-keeping, then and now – and his unique way of preparing his gloves
  • How Dean Jones abrasive leadership nearly won a championship, but lost a dressing room
  • How Eddie Barlow transformed a run-down club into competitive and dangerous opponents


Click here for more information, or to read a sample from In Their Own Words: Derbyshire Cricketers in Conversation.