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Mar 27 2017

Big Bash League series by Michael Panckridge

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Penguin Random House Australia, 2016.
Switch Hit Showdown. ISBN 9780143782193
Captain's Clash. ISBN 9780143782216
Double Delivery. ISBN 9780143782230
Bowling Blitz. ISBN 9780143782254
(Age:  Independent readers) With the cricket season well under way this is a series that will appeal to all fans of the format, both boys and girls. Each book is a separate entity focusing on fans of two of the teams in the league - Switch Hit Showdown features the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades; Captains' Clash is Sydney Sixes and Sydney Thunder; Double Delivery is Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat and Bowling Blitz, the Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers. Each has passionate cricketers involved in a local competition and having to find a way to work together to overcome obstacles.
Panckridge, well known for his sports adventure books, has cleverly included players of both genders in the stories acknowledging that cricket is not a male-only sport and the WBBL and our national women's cricket team the Southern Stars are gaining a much higher profile and respect as their success grows.
Written for independent readers, each book includes tips about the focus skill - batting, all-rounder, fielding and bowling as well as a profile of the two teams. Double Delivery even has instructions for Dice Cricket that can be played when you can't get outdoors.
A great series for those who love their sport and demand to read about it.
Barbara Braxton

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