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Players knocked off their feet by a mini-tornado and throwing themselves to the ground to avoid getting stung by a swarm of escaped bees – these are just a couple of stories a 14-year-old Nottinghamshire CCC Academy talent helped unearth as he co-authored a new 200-year history of his hometown cricket club in Cornwall.
Year 10 student, Tim Wyatt, with dad Jonathan, brother Sam and clubmate Stephen Heayn, has produced the 256 page ‘Truro Cricket Club - 1813-2013’ to help commemorate the Cornwall club’s bicentenary this year.
Some two years in the making, the book includes 170 photographs and a detailed list of statistics as well as celebrating the achievements of some of the club’s most famous graduates, including former Notts and England A bowler Charlie Shreck.
Tim, a right-arm pace bowler who has been involved in Notts’ junior Academy set-up since he was 11 before starting at Trent as a full-time boarder on a sports scholarship in September 2012 and joining the full Notts Academy, revealed he and his co-authors made the most of the winter off-seasons to research and write.
He admits that despite having had no previous aspirations to be a published author before even starting his GCSEs, the reception for the book has been really pleasing.
Tim said: “We realised a couple of years ago this would be the club’s bicentenary year and as one of the oldest clubs in the country we just wanted to tell its story. This book is the start of an ongoing record of the club’s history now and I’m really proud to have been involved. It’s had a good reaction back at home so far.
“Some of the information was really hard to find and the research was definitely the hardest part. We spent hundreds of hours trawling through old scrapbooks and old newspapers at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth, just turning page after page looking for any mention at all of the club. Looking through the sports pages of one year’s worth of papers could take three hours so it was a long, drawn-out process.”
While this may have been Tim’s first foray into books his dad has had other works previously published and the teen admits it has been a fascinating project to be involved in.
“Some of the things we found out about the club were really interesting, but I also found it very interesting seeing all the things you have to go through to get a book published," he added. "My dad had done it before but I was only 12 when we started on the book so it was all completely new to me. I didn’t realise how much went into it.”
Having played most of his cricket back home in the West Country this summer, including scoring his first ever century, Tim has returned to the Notts Academy ranks this autumn to begin their winter training programme and is now working on his GCSE studies here at Trent.