John Shawcroft

John Shawcroft, a Derbyshire man who was for twenty years editor of the Ripley and Heanor News, has written four previous books on Derbyshire cricket. Two histories, an account of the 1904 match with Essex The Rise and Fall of Percy Perrin and Derbyshire Bowlers. He still works part-time as a journalist and lives in Ripley.

Local Heroes

Local Heroes tells the tale of the Derbyshire team which won cricket’s county championship 70 years ago in 1936... the only time the club has finished on top. What was remarkable was that most of its members were drawn from the Derbyshire coalfields. The book details the characters of this…