A Collection of M.C.C. 1932/33 'Bodyline' Tour Ephemera

Lot 206:
Lot 206
Australia tour to England 1956. Official autograph sheet fully signed by all seventeen members of the Australia touring party. Signatures include Johnson (Captain), Miller, Archer, Benaud, Craig, Davidson, Harvey, Langley, Lindwall, Maddocks, Rutherford etc. The sheet partly laid to album page with heavy creasing and wear. Sold with an album page signed in ink by five Surrey players, Stuart Surridge, Peter May, Alec and Eric Bedser, and Bernie Constable. Old tape adhesive mark affecting two signatures, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £22
Lot 207:
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Australia tour to England 1938. Album page fully signed in black ink by all sixteen members of the Australian touring party. Signatures are Bradman (Captain), McCormick, O'Reilly, Barnes, Ward, White, Fleetwood-Smith, Fingleton, McCabe, Walker, Babcock, Barnett, Chipperfield, Brown, Waite and Hassett. Sold with an official 'R.M.S. Orontes' souvenir tour brochure, team photograph postcard, official mono team photograph on trimmed mount, official scorecards for the Lord's Test (two copies, one trimmed), and Trent Bridge Test etc. Odd minor faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £130/160
Hammer price: £200
Lot 208:
Lot 208
Australia tour to England 1926. Album page nicely signed in ink (two in pencil) by twelve members of the 1926 Australian touring party. Signatures in ink are Bardsley, Taylor, Oldfield, Macartney, Ryder, Mailey, Woodfull, Grimmett, Richardson and, in pencil, Everett and Ellis. Slight smudging to the Macartney signature, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £110
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'Bodyline'. M.C.C. tour to Australia 1932/33. Rare 'The Australia Hotel', Sydney letterhead very nicely signed by all seventeen playing members of the M.C.C. touring party. Signatures are Jardine (Captain), Sutcliffe, Wyatt, Pataudi, Paynter, Ames, Leyland, Tate, Hammond, Brown, Bowes, Verity, Allen, Mitchell, Voce, Duckworth and Larwood. Light folds, otherwise in good/ very good condition. Four matches in all were played at Sydney on the tour, two Tests and two against New South Wales. Sold with an original contemporary circular colour advertising luggage label for 'The Australia Hotel, Sydney N.S.W., J. Ure Smith, Manager'. Smith was the manager of the hotel at the time of the tourists' visit. 5.5" diameter. VG. Qty 2
Estimate: £1000/1500
Hammer price: £2200
England won the Ashes series by four Tests to one. The tour was highly controversial because of the bodyline bowling tactics used by the England team under the captaincy of Douglas Jardine.

Bodyline, also known as fast leg theory bowling, was a cricketing tactic devised by the English cricket team for their 1932-33 Ashes tour of Australia, specifically to combat the extraordinary batting skill of Australia's Don Bradman. A bodyline delivery was one where the cricket ball was bowled at the body of the batsman, in the hope that when he defended himself with his bat, a resulting deflection could be caught by one of several fielders standing close by.

The tactic was considered by critics to be intimidatory and physically threatening, to the point of being unfair in a game that was supposed to uphold gentlemanly traditions. England's use of a tactic perceived by some as overly aggressive or even unfair ultimately threatened diplomatic relations between the two countries before the situation was calmed. Although no serious injuries arose from any short-pitched deliveries while a leg theory field was actually set, the tactic still led to considerable ill feeling between the two teams, particularly when Australian batsmen suffered actual injuries in separate incidents, which inflamed the watching crowds. The controversy eventually spilled into the diplomatic arena.

Built in 1891, The Australia Hotel in Sydney was one of the city's major landmarks until its closure and demolition in 1971 for the development of the MLC skyscraper, then the tallest building in Australia
Lot 210:
Lot 210
Australia tour to England 1934. Two album pages very nicely signed in black ink by twelve members of the Australian touring party. Signatures are Woodfull (Captain), Chipperfield, McCabe, Barnett, Oldfield, Kippax, Bradman, Ponsford, Wall, Brown, Ebeling and Grimmett. Also the signature of Darling on piece from similar page. The signatures on the pages are neatly partitioned in ruled pencil boxes. Some trimming and age toning to the pages, the signatures in very good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £85
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Lot 211
Australia tour to England 1953. 'Coronation Tour'. Page signed in ink by fourteen members of the Australian party on Kent C.C.C. headed note paper. Signatures are Hassett (Captain), Johnston, Tallon, Morris, Hole, Harvey, Davidson, Ring, Langley, de Courcey, Lindwall, Benaud and McDonald. Light folds with small split to one fold, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 212:
Lot 212
Australia tour to England 1953. 'Coronation Tour'. Official 'Australian Board of Control for International Cricket' autograph sheet fully signed by all seventeen listed players. Signatures include Hassett (Captain), Morris, Archer, Benaud, Craig, Davidson, Harvey, Hole, Johnston, Langley, Lindwall, Miller, Tallon etc. Vertical and horizontal folds and wear, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £48
Lot 213:
Lot 213
M.C.C. tour of Australia & New Zealand 1970/71. Official autograph sheet for the tour. Fully signed in ink by all sixteen playing members of the touring party. Signatures include Illingworth (Captain), Cowdrey, Boycott, D'Oliveira, Edrich, Fletcher, Knott, Snow, Taylor, Underwood etc., with the name of Ward crossed out and the signature of Willis in his place. Lacking the signature of the Manager, Clark. A rarer sheet. VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £75
Illingworth's England team regained the Ashes in the 1970/71 series. Alan Ward fractured his ankle and returned home after only five matches into the tour to be replaced by Bob Willis
Lot 214:
Lot 214
Australia tour to England 1980. Centenary Test tour. Official autograph sheet fully signed by the fourteen members of the Australia touring party. Signatures are Chappell (Captain), Hughes, Border, Bright, Dymock, Dyson, Laird, Lillee, Mallett, Marsh, Pascoe, Thomson, Wood and Yallop. Some creasing and pin holes to corners, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £45
Lot 215:
Lot 215
Australian 'Rebel' tour of South Africa 1986/87. Official autograph sheet fully signed in ink by all seventeen members of the touring party including K. Hughes (Captain), Alderman, Dyson, Hogg, Hohns, Rackemann, Rixon, Wessels, Yallop etc. Light folds, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £42
Lot 216:
Lot 216
Australia tour to England 1993. Official Australian Cricket Board autograph sheet fully signed by all twenty one members of the Australian touring party. Players' signatures include Border (Captain), Taylor, Boon, Hayden, Healy, Hughes, McDermott, Martyn, May, Reiffel, Slater, Warne, M. Waugh, S. Waugh etc. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 217:
Lot 217
'Australian Touring Squad' 1993. Unofficial autograph sheet with printed title and signature boxes with player's names below. Fully signed by all twenty one members of the Australian touring party to England 1993. Players' signatures include Border (Captain), Taylor, Boon, Hayden, Healy, Hughes, McDermott, Martyn, May, Reiffel, Slater, Warne, M. Waugh, S. Waugh etc. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £22
Lot 218:
Lot 218
Australia tour to England 1997. Official Australian Cricket Board autograph sheet fully signed by all twenty two members of the Australian touring party. Players' signatures include Taylor (Captain), S. Waugh, Bevan, Blewett, Gillespie, Healy, Julian, Kasprowicz, Langer, McGrath, Ponting, Reiffel, Slater, Warne, M. Waugh etc. Light creasing, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Lot 219:
Lot 219
Australian Women's tour to England 1937. Unofficial sheet with ornate hand printed title and emblem, signed in green ink by sixteen members of the touring party. Signatures are M. Peden (Captain), Holmes, McLarty, Walsh, Clements, Jegust, Smith, Pritchard, Summers, Hudson, Deane, Antonio, O'Flaherty, George, Wegemund and Peatfield (Manager). Lacking the signature of Barbara Peden. Old tape marks affecting top and bottom edges, affecting the signature of Peatfield, some uneven trimming, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £65
The three match 1937 Women's Ashes series was tied 1-1 with one match drawn
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The Ashes. England v Australia 1968. Yorkshire C.C.C. official letterhead signed in ink by members of the England team who played in the fourth Test, Headingley, 25th-30th July 1968. Eleven signatures of Graveney (Captain), Dexter, Fletcher, Illingworth, Barrington, Underwood, Prideaux, Snow, Brown and Knott. Lacking the signature of Edrich, but includes the signature of Cowdrey who was unavailable due to injury. Light horizontal folds, otherwise in good/ very good condition. Sold with a long playing record in original sleeve of speeches given by H.A. Judge and Sir Robert Menzies at 'The Cricket Society Test Match Dinner England versus Australia at Edgbaston 13th July 1968'. Some creasing to sleeve, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £46
The match was drawn. Roger Prideaux and Keith Fletcher both made their Test debuts for England in this match
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Cricket autographs 1930s onwards. Eight album pages with eleven signatures in pencil and ink of County and Test cricketers, the signatures on smaller pages laid down. Signatures include George Hirst, Maurice Leyland, Brian Sellers, Herbert Sutcliffe, John Hampshire (Yorkshire), Harry Makepeace (Lancashire), Stewie Dempster (New Zealand), Ellis Achong, Learie Constantine (West Indies) etc. Sold with a small 'Sadaqat' autograph album with thirty one signatures of England and Pakistan players, apparently collected during the England tour to Pakistan 1977/78. The signatures, one to a page, include Mudassar Nazar, Iqbal Qasim, Wasim Raja, Shafiq Ahmed, Javed Miandad(?) etc. of Pakistan, and seventeen signatures of the England touring party, Chris Old, Mike Hendrick, Paul Downton, Graham Roope, Phil Edmonds, Geoff Cope, John Lever, Clive Radley, Geoff Miller, Ian Botham, Derek Randall, Mike Gatting, Brian Rose, Bob Taylor, Bob Willis, Geoff Boycott and Ken Barrington (lacking Brearley). G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £90
Lot 222:
Lot 222
South Africa tour to England 1951. Autograph sheet with printed title and players' names nicely and fully signed in ink by all sixteen members of the South Africa touring party. Signatures include Nourse (Captain), E. Rowan, Mann, A. Rowan, Fullerton, Melle, Cheetham, van Ryneveld, Endean, McGlew, Waite etc. The sheet has been laid to trimmed card to verso at top edge. Horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £25
Lot 223:
Lot 223
South Africa tour to England 1955. Surrey County Cricket Club headed notepaper page nicely and fully signed in ink by all sixteen members of the South Africa touring party. Signatures include Cheetham (Captain), McGlew, Murray, Smith, Fuller, Duckworth, Winslow, Adcock, Heine, Tayfield, Mansell, Goddard, Endean etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £38
Lot 224:
Lot 224
'Surrey C.C.C. Championship County 1952-8'. Unofficial autograph sheet with printed title and signature boxes with player's names below. Fully signed to the boxes by thirty two Surrey players, of which eight signatures are on snips laid down. Signatures include Barrington, A. Bedser, E. Bedser, Brazier, Cox, Edrich, Fishlock, Kelleher, Laker, Loader, Lock, May, McIntyre, Stewart, Subba Row, Surridge, Swetman, Tindall etc. VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £90
Lot 225:
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England Test cricketers pre World War I signatures. Two album pages very nicely signed in ink, seven to one page and one to the other, by eight England Test cricketers, Wilfred Rhodes, Jack Hobbs, Phil Mead, Herbert Strudwick, Frank Woolley, Frank Foster, Plum Warner, and one other unidentified. The signatures were collected by Henry John Farmer, the vendor's great grandfather, who ran The Beehive pub near The Oval. Very good condition. Sold with two 'Force Bat Series' real photograph postcards, one of Jack Hobbs, the other of Ernest Hayes. Odd minor faults, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £75

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