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Andrew Hignell is one of the country’s foremost sports historians. A prolific author and accomplished speaker, Andrew specialises in cricket history and has spoken at cricket societies and other organisations across the country, besides speaking at national and international conferences, as well as giving presentations on cruise ships, and appearing on TV and Radio.

Indeed, Andrew worked on BBC Radio Wales for over 25 years whilst he combined a career as a teacher at leading independent schools with working on the radio commentaries as the BBC covered the home and away matches of Glamorgan CCC.

In 2004 Andrew “retired” from full-time teaching to become the Heritage and Education Co-Ordinator at Glamorgan Cricket where he manages the award-winning Museum of Welsh Cricket. It is the first sports-specific Museum in Wales, besides being the venue throughout the year for Andrew to give regular talks to adult and school groups who are visiting the home of Glamorgan Cricket, besides hosting monthly talks during the winter with past and present players, plus a range of other cricketing celebrities.

Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the evolution of cricket and other ball sports, which he cleverly weaves in, with plenty of good humour, into his entertaining talks. The author of other 30 books on cricket, Andrew also holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Cardiff University, besides acting as an editor on various books for the Welsh Academic Press, as well as acting as a mentor and advisor to various university departments and research students.

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1. Meadowland to Multinational
A history of cricket tracing the evolution of the game from the grassy downlands of Sussex and Kent in the 17th century to the hustle and bustle of modern-day Test Matches, Twenty20 internationals and the Indian Premier League.

2. Love and Waugh
A history of the Ashes, looking at the way the sport's iconic trophy mysteriously came into being in the 1880s, as well as looking at some of the highlights of the England-Australia Test Matches including the notorious Bodyline series in 1932/33, Botham's Ashes in 1981, the success of Australia under Steve Waugh and the recent victories by England in 2005 and 2009.

3. Rain Stops Play
A fascinating analysis of the impact of the weather on the British summer game, looking at both how much playing time is lost besides suggesting some ingenious solutions of overcoming these disruptions, especially in a potentially warmer and wetter world as a result of Global Warming.

4. WG to KP – Great Moments in English Cricket.
This is a two-part lecture tracing some of the great names and feats in English cricket, including WG Grace, Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Len Hutton, Jim Laker, Fred Trueman, Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, Mike Gatting, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen.

5. From Pigeons to a Mouse
An enthralling presentation looking at how the coverage of cricket by the Media (newspapers, TV and radio) has changed over the years, looking at the reports in the 19th century which outlined the balls and dinners associated with grand matches, as well as how reporters sent information using carrier pigeons from matches to the newspaper offices and the modern coverage on satellite TV, social media and websites.

6. A tribute to “Test Match Special”
This lecture recalls some of the great characters involved in BBC Radio's "Test Match Special" programme. Brian Johnston, John Arlott, Chris Martin-Jenkins, Henry Blofeld and Fred Trueman are just some of the names recalled, along with the BBC's current cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, and some of the memorable gaffes which have made TMS such a much loved programme.

7. Great West Indian Batsmen
The Caribbean islands have produced some of the world's greatest batsmen and this lecture recalls the impact which the likes of the three W`s, Garry Sobers, Viv Richards and Brian Lara have had on the great summer game.

8. Great West Indian Bowlers
Ever since their first-ever win at Lord's in 1950s, thanks to the spin of Ramadhin and Valentine, the West Indies have been indebted to their bowlers, and this lecture charts the success of - in the words of the famous calypso, "those two little friends of mine" - as well as modern greats such as Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Andy Roberts and Michael Holding.

9. With Pace and Fire – A History of West Indian Cricket
This lecture looks at some of the sociological aspects behind the rise of West Indian cricket at the international level and its success from the 1970s onwards under Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards and Brian Lara. Recent issues, relating to Sir Allen Stanford and the success of Chris Gayle and t20 cricket are also explored in this talk.

10. Cricketers Brave – the lives and deaths of cricketers during the World Wars
This lecture looks back at some of the men who gave their lives for King and Country during the two World Wars, as well as recalling some of the remarkable stories of bravery which took place during these years of global conflict. This lecture pays a fitting tribute to those who have allowed future generations to enjoy cricket in peacetime.