Thomas Walter Hayward was a cricketer who played for Surrey and England between the 1890s and the outbreak of World War I. He was primarily a batsman, noted especially for the quality of his off-drive. Neville Cardus wrote that he was amongst the most precisely technical and he was only the second batsman to reach the landmark of 100 first-class centuries, following WG Grace. In the 1906 English season he scored 3,518 runs, born 29 March 1871 in Cambridge Hayward came from a cricketing family, his grandfather and uncle had all played first-class cricket. In 1898 he made his highest first-class score of 315 against Lancashire, in 1899 he and Bobby Abel put on 448 for Surreys fourth wicket against Yorkshire. This remains the highest partnership for any wicket for Surrey, in 1900 he achieved the very rare feat of scoring 1,000 runs before the end of May. Haywards first Test match for England came on tour with Lord Hawkes side against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 1895/96, and in his second Test he hit 122 as England recorded an innings victory.
In all he played 35 times for England scoring three hundreds, his last innings coming against Australia in 1909, run out for six to finish just one run short of 2,000 for his Test career. He scored 130 at Old Trafford in the fourth Test of the 1899 Ashes series and he came in at 47 for 4, and enabled the final total to reach 372. It was described as one of the great Test innings by Ralph Barker and he followed that up in the fifth Test, at The Oval, with 137, putting on 185 for the first wicket with FS Jackson. He headed the averages for both sides in this series, in seven innings scoring 413 runs at 68.83. Once Jack Hobbs made his Surrey debut in 1905, he, the pair put on a hundred or more for the first wicket on 40 occasions. They only played once for England, opening the innings when Hayward was recalled for what was to prove his final Test. Surrey won the County Championship in his final season, although primarily known as a batsman, Hayward was an effective bowler for his county in the middle of his career.
In 1897 he did the double, with 1,368 runs and 114 wickets and his best bowling of 8–89 was achieved against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1901. Hayward was respected as a model professional, of his final years with Surrey, David Lemmon wrote, He was the senior professional in all aspects, setting down standards of behaviour which others violated at their peril. He led by bearing and by example and he stood in one first-class match as an umpire, the 1920 game between Oxford University and Essex. He died 19 July 1939 in Cambridge at the age of 68
Lords, known as Lords Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in St Johns Wood, London. Lords is widely referred to as the Home of Cricket and is home to the worlds oldest sporting museum, Lords today is not on its original site, being the third of three grounds that Lord established between 1787 and 1814. His first ground, now referred to as Lords Old Ground, was where Dorset Square now stands and his second ground, Lords Middle Ground, was used from 1811 to 1813 before being abandoned to make way for the construction through its outfield of the Regents Canal. The present Lords ground is about 250 yards north-west of the site of the Middle Ground, the ground can hold 28,000 spectators. Proposals are being developed to increase capacity and amenity, as of December 2013, it was proposed to redevelop the ground at a cost of around £200 million over a 14-year period. The current ground celebrated its two hundredth anniversary in 2014, to mark the occasion, on 5 July an MCC XI captained by Sachin Tendulkar played a Rest of the World XI led by Shane Warne in a 50 overs match.
The White Conduit moved there from Islington soon afterwards and reconstituted themselves as Marylebone Cricket Club, in 1811, feeling obliged to relocate because of a rise in rent, Lord removed his turf and relaid it at his second ground. This was short-lived because it lay on the route decided by Parliament for the Regents Canal, the Middle Ground was on the estate of the Eyre family, who offered Lord another plot nearby, and he again relocated his turf. The new ground, on the present site, was opened in the 1814 season, the earliest known match was MCC v Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814. This is not rated a first-class match, MCC won by an innings and 27 runs. The annual Eton v Harrow match was first played on the Old Ground in 1805, there is no record of the fixture being played again until 29 July 1818, when it was held at the present Lords ground for the first time, Harrow won by 13 runs. From 1822, the fixture has been almost an annual event at Lords, in 1987 the new Mound Stand, designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners, was opened, followed by the Grandstand in 1996.
Most notably, the Media Centre was added in 1998-9, it won The Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize for 1999, the ground can currently hold up to 28,000 spectators. The two ends of the pitch are the Pavilion End, where the members pavilion is located. The main survivor from the Victorian era is the Pavilion, with its famous Long Room and this historic landmark— a Grade II*-listed building— underwent an £8 million refurbishment programme in 2004–05. The pavilion is primarily for members of MCC, who may use its amenities, which include seats for viewing the cricket, the Long Room and its Bar, the Bowlers Bar, at Middlesex matches the Pavilion is open to members of the Middlesex County Club. The Pavilion contains the rooms where players change, each of which has a small balcony for players to watch the play. The only cricketer to hit a ball over the pavilion was Albert Trott, another highly visible feature of the ground is Old Father Time, a weather vane in the shape of Father Time, currently adorning a stand on the south-east side of the field
Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Yorkshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the county of Yorkshire. The clubs limited overs team is called the Yorkshire Vikings, the teams most recent Championship title was in 2015, following on from that achieved in 2014. The clubs limited-overs kit colours are purple and yellow with Mazars as the main sponsor, Yorkshire play most of their home games at Headingley Stadium in Leeds. Another significant venue is at North Marine Road Ground, Sheffield Cricket Club was probably formed about this time and there are references to Sheffield matches in Derbyshire in 1757 and at Leeds in 1761. A club was formed in York in 1784, bedale in North Yorkshire was a noted centre in the early 19th century. But cricket in most rural areas was slow to develop, Yorkshire cricket became centred around Sheffield, where it was more organised than in the rest of the county. From 1771, Sheffield played semi-regular matches against Nottingham Cricket Club, Nottingham was generally the better side and Sheffield sometimes played with more players to give them a greater chance of victory.
Nevertheless, the Sheffield player Tom Marsden was regarded as one of the players in the country in the 1820s. Cricket increased in popularity after a match was played at the purpose-built Darnall New Ground in Sheffield to evaluate the new style of roundarm bowling. After this match, many new clubs were formed in the county. In 1833, Yorkshire was first used as a name, although it contained 11 Sheffield players. The name may have arisen from a need to match the status of Norfolk as a county rather than a city, there were some differences in the organisation of the Yorkshire team vis-à-vis those called Sheffield as it included three amateurs while Sheffield teams were entirely professional. Yorkshire, as such, played intermittently over the thirty years but was not organised in any formal way. Some of their opponents were Sussex in 1835, Manchester in 1844 and 1845, in 1849, Yorkshire played against a Lancashire team for the first time, though it was really a Sheffield v Manchester match. By 1855, Sheffield and Yorkshire were playing at Bramall Lane, on 7 March 1861, during a meeting at the Adelphi Hotel in Sheffield, a Match Fund Committee was established to run Yorkshire county matches.
The committee was made up from the management committee of the Bramall Lane ground, but the committee was unable to persuade other clubs that it was not seeking to promote Sheffield cricket and a lack of funds prevented some matches being played in 1862. By this time, there were several cricketers with good reputations, consequently, on 8 January 1863, Yorkshire County Cricket Club was formed
Surrey County Cricket Club
Surrey County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the county of Surrey. The clubs limited overs team is called Surrey, Surrey teams formed from 1709 by earlier organisations always had senior status and so the county club is rated accordingly from inception, i. e. Home of the club since its foundation in 1845 has been the Oval, the club has an out ground at Woodbridge Road, where some home games are played each season. Surrey CCC has had three periods of great success in its history. In 1955, Surrey won 23 of its 28 county matches, to date, Surrey has won the official County Championship 18 times outright, more than any other county with the exception of Yorkshire. The clubs traditional badge is the Prince of Waless feathers, in 1915, Lord Rosebery obtained permission to use this symbol from the Prince of Wales, hereditary owner of the land on which the Oval stands. It is widely believed that cricket was invented by children living on the Weald in Saxon or Norman times, although not the games birthplace, Surrey does claim the honour of being the location of its first definite mention in print.
Evidence from a January 1597 court case confirms that creckett was played by schoolboys on a plot of land in Guildford around 1550. In 1611, King James I gave to his eldest son, Prince of Wales, the manors of Kennington and Vauxhall, to this day, the Prince of Waless feathers feature on the cricket clubs badge. Cricket became well established in Surrey during the 17th century and the earliest village matches took place before the English Civil War and it is believed that the earliest county teams were formed in the aftermath of the Restoration in 1660. The earliest known match in Surrey was Croydon v London at Croydon on 1 July 1707. In 1709, the earliest known inter-county match took place between Kent and Surrey at Dartford Brent with £50 at stake, Surrey would continue to play cricket against other representative teams from that time onwards. Probably its greatest players during the era were the famous bowler Lumpy Stevens and the wicket-keeper/batsman William Yalden. A further meeting at the Tavern on 18 October 1845 formally constituted the club, appointed officers, a lease on Kennington Oval, a former market garden, was obtained by a Mr Houghton from the Duchy of Cornwall.
Mr Houghton was of the old Montpelier Cricket Club,70 members of which formed the nucleus of the new Surrey County club, the Honourable Fred Ponsonby, the Earl of Bessborough was the first vice-president. Surreys inaugural first-class match was against the MCC at the Oval at the end of May,1846, the clubs first inter-county match, against Kent, was held at the Oval the following month and Surrey emerged victorious by ten wickets. However, the club did not do well that year, despite the extra public attractions at the Oval of a Walking Match, by the start of the 1847 season the club was £70 in debt and there was a motion to close
Somerset County Cricket Club
Somerset County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the county of Somerset. The clubs limited overs team was formerly the Somerset Sabres, but is now only as Somerset. Somersets early history is complicated by arguments about its status, there are, two matches involving W. G. Grace in 1879 and 1881 which are considered first-class by some authorities. In 1891, Somerset joined the County Championship, which had just become an officially recognised competition, Somerset have never won the County Championship, their highest finish being second, which they achieved in 2001,2010,2012 and 2016. The club won their first silverware in the late 1970s, winning both the Gillette Cup and John Player League in 1979. In the years since, Somerset have experienced success in one-day cricket. The team has reached the final of the Twenty20 cup competition on four occasions, the club has its headquarters at the County Ground, where in the present-day almost all of its games are played at.
Since 2005, Somerset play at Taunton Vale against MCC Universities teams, the club have played at a number of other grounds in their past, with a significant number of matches at Clarence Park, Weston-super-Mare and at the Recreation Ground, Bath. In the seventeenth century, the sport of Stow-Ball, or Stob-Ball was being played in north Somerset, as in neighbouring Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. This sport most likely used either the base of a tree or its remaining stump as its wicket, stow could refer to a frame used to support crawling tunnels in mines such as those lead mines in north Somerset, providing another possibility for the wicket. The earliest confirmed reference to cricket in Somerset is a match on 13 July 1751 that was played in memory of the late Frederick, Prince of Wales who was a noted patron of the sport. With a limited number of organised clubs to play, fixtures were few and far apart in the founding years, with matches being played against Clifton. Lansdown placed Somerset in the world, and played a number of matches against England XI in various forms.
In 1865, the first attempt at a county side was made with the formation of Yeovil and they performed poorly in their opening matches against local club sides, and on one occasion, even lost three players to their opposition the day before the match was scheduled to begin. In spite of problems, they did play a county fixture, against the Gentlemen of Devon. The formation of Somerset County Cricket Club was decided in 1875 after the playing of one match between the Gentlemen of Somerset and the Gentlemen of Devon at Sidmouth in Devon. Somerset is the one of the present first-class counties in English cricket whose county cricket club was founded outside the boundaries of the traditional county
W. G. Grace
William Gilbert W. G. Grace, MRCS, LRCP was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely considered one of its greatest-ever players. Universally known as W. G. Right-handed as both batsman and bowler, Grace dominated the sport during his career and his technical innovations and enormous influence left a lasting legacy. An outstanding all-rounder, he excelled at all the skills of batting and fielding. He is held to have invented modern batsmanship, usually opening the innings, he was particularly admired for his mastery of all strokes, and his level of expertise was said by contemporary reviewers to be unique. He generally captained the teams he played for at all levels because of his skill, Grace came from a cricketing family, E. M. Grace was one of his elder brothers and Fred Grace his younger brother. In 1880, they were members of the same England team, Grace took part in other sports also, he was a champion 440-yard hurdler as a young man and played football for the Wanderers.
In life, he developed enthusiasm for golf, lawn bowls and he qualified as a medical practitioner in 1879. Because of his profession, he was nominally an amateur cricketer. He was a competitive player and, although he was one of the most famous men in England, he was one of the most controversial on account of his gamesmanship. W. G. Grace was born in Downend, near Bristol, on 18 July 1848 at his parents home, Downend House, and was baptised at the local church on 8 August. He was called Gilbert in the circle, except by his mother who called him Willie. His parents were Henry Mills Grace and Martha, who were married in Bristol on Thursday,3 November 1831 and lived out their lives at Downend, where Henry Grace was the local GP. Downend is near Mangotsfield and, although it is now a suburb of Bristol, it was a village surrounded by countryside. Henry and Martha Grace had nine children in all, the number as Victoria and Albert –. Grace was the child in the family, he had three older brothers, including E. M. and four older sisters.
Only Fred, born in 1850, was younger than W. G. Grace began his Cricketing Reminiscences by answering a question he had frequently been asked, i. e. was he born a cricketer. His answer was in the negative because he believed that cricketers are made by coaching and practice, though he adds that if he was not born a cricketer and his father and mother were full of enthusiasm for the game and it was a common theme of conversation at home. All nine children in the Grace family, including the four daughters, were encouraged to play cricket although the girls, Grace claimed that he first handled a cricket bat at the age of two
Montague Alfred Noble was an Australian cricketer who played for New South Wales and Australia. He scored 13,975 first class runs between 1893 and 1920 and took 624 wickets and he made 37 centuries – including a best of 284 in 1902 – and set several partnership and high-score records for his State team. He played 42 Tests for his country, and captained the team for 15 of these between 1903 and 1909, only the 12th captain of his country, he won eight of these games, lost five and drew two. Between his first Test in January 1898 and his last in August 1909, he scored 1,997 runs at 30.25 and he complemented his only century,133 in 1903, by scoring 16 half-centuries. Noble played 39 of his 42 Tests against England, and the three against South Africa. In life, he coached and played for club level teams and he moved from banking to dentistry, and published his exegesis on cricket, Gilligans Men. His elder brother, Ted Noble, played briefly for New South Wales, Noble was born in Sydney on 28 January 1873.
He was the youngest of eight sons of Joseph and Maria Noble and he made a name for himself in grade cricket with the Paddington club and first played for New South Wales as a teenager. He toured New Zealand with NSW in 1893, and in 1894 scored a 152* against an England touring team under Andrew Stoddart which drew English attention to his batting. This cemented his place in the side, and he was a significant contributor to NSWs consecutive Sheffield Shield victories in 1895-96. Over the summer of 1897/98, Stoddart returned with another England team and were defeated in four of the five Ashes Test matches. Noble, whose form had earned him selection, scored 17 in Australias only innings of 520. Following on Noble routed the tourists with 6/49 and he ended the series with the best bowling averages for both teams. Australia returned to England in 1899, and Noble experienced his first overseas tour and he scored 116 in a warm-up match and impressed English critics chiefly by his patience and defence.
He played in all five Tests, scoring 367 runs at 52.42, with four half centuries, at Manchester he scored 60 and 89, withstanding English bowling for eight and a half hours. He was in particular noted for his ability to cater his technique to English conditions and he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1900. Noble faced England in Australia over the winter of 1901/02, scoring 138 runs at 15.33 and he returned to England in 1902 as the best all-rounder under Joe Darling. In a warm-up match at Hove against Sussex, he scored his career-best 284 in a world-record partnership of 428 with Warwick Armstrong
William Brockwell was an English cricketer. Although primarily remembered as a batsman, he began his career as a fast-medium bowler, with George Lohmann, Tom Richardson and William Lockwood carrying all before them, Brockwell had few opportunities until they declined. However, from 1897 onwards, he was a useful bowler and took 105 wickets in the 1899 season when Richardson was out of form. Even in 1902, he took six for 37 on an excellent pitch in the last match of the season against Warwickshire, born in Kingston upon Thames, Brockwell played his county cricket for the very strong Surrey side of the last years of the 19th century. He made his first-class debut against Derbyshire in 1886 and he played only occasionally up to 1890, but established himself in 1891 and 1892, when Surrey were at the height of their powers as a county side. In the very wet 1894 season, despite the consistently treacherous pitches and he scored more runs than any other player, and hit five centuries, and consequently was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
He declined a deal in 1895, but from the following year up to 1899, formed a formidable batting trio with Bobby Abel. He played on for Surrey until 1903, but from 1900 his powers as a batsman declined severely, Brockwell spent the last fifteen years of his life homeless and he died in poverty at Richmond, Surrey. Cricinfo page on Bill Brockwell First-Class Batting First-Class Bowling
William Storer was an English footballer and a cricketer who played six Tests from 1897 to 1899, played first class cricket for Derbyshire from 1887 to 1905 and played football for Derby County. He scored nearly 13,000 runs for Derbyshire and achieved over 430 dismissals from behind the stumps, Storer was born at Ripley, the son of John Storer, an engine smith, and his wife Elizabeth. In 1881 the family were living at Butterley Hill and he was a turners apprentice, Storer was a specialist wicket keeper who was reputed to stand up to the wicket against fast bowlers. He was a skilled batsman at a time when wicket-keeper batsmen were rare. His first-class record of 216 not out came against Leicestershire in the 1899 season and he was a competent leg spinner, taking 232 first class wickets at 33.89. Storer appeared for London County and his Test appearances were limited by the selectors preference for Dick Lilley. Storer died in Derby at the age of 45 and his brother Harry Storer played cricket for Derbyshire and football for Derby County.
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Wilfred Rhodes was an English professional cricketer who played 58 Test matches for England between 1899 and 1930. In Tests, Rhodes took 127 wickets and scored 2,325 runs and he holds the world records both for the most appearances made in first-class cricket, and for the most wickets taken. He completed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in an English cricket season a record 16 times. Rhodes played for Yorkshire and England into his fifties, and in his final Test in 1930 was, at 52 years and 165 days, the oldest player who has appeared in a Test match. Beginning his career for Yorkshire in 1898 as a left arm bowler who was a useful batsman. He played throughout the 1920s as an all-rounder before retiring after the 1930 cricket season and his first appearance for England was in 1899 and he played regularly in Tests until 1921. Recalled to the team in the final Ashes Test of 1926 aged 48 and he ended his Test career in the West Indies in April 1930. As a bowler, Rhodes was noted for his accuracy, variations in flight and, in his early days.
Throughout his career he was effective on wet, rain affected pitches where he could bowl sides out for very low scores. His batting was regarded as solid and dependable but unspectacular, they considered him to be an astute cricket thinker. Following his retirement from playing cricket, he coached at Harrow School but was not a great success and his eyesight began to fail from around 1939 to the point where he was completely blind by 1952. He was given membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1949. Rhodes was born in the village of Kirkheaton, just outside Huddersfield and his family moved to a farm two miles away while he was very young. He went to school in nearby Hopton, and to Spring Grove School in Huddersfield, around 1893 he took a job working on the railway in the local town of Mirfield. By now playing regularly for Kirkheaton Second XI, Rhodess keenness to reach one game on time led him to ring the off-duty bell before the end of the shift, subsequently, he worked on a local farm, which allowed him more time for cricket.
By 1895 he achieved a place in the Kirkheaton first team, Rhodes played for Gala Cricket Club in 1896 and 1897, as an all-rounder who opened the batting and bowled medium paced seamers. He took 92 wickets in his first season, and discovered that bowling a slow ball brought him some success. He decided to change his style to spin, and spent the winter of 1896–97 practising on the family farm while working again on the railway
Joseph Joe Darling CBE was an Australian cricketer who played 34 Test matches as a specialist batsman between 1894 and 1905. As captain, he led Australia in a total of 21 Tests, winning seven, in Test cricket, he scored 1657 runs at an average of 28.56 per innings, including three centuries. Darling toured England four times with the Australian team—in 1896,1899,1902 and 1905 and he was captain of the Australian cricket team in England in 1902, widely recognised as one of the best teams in Australian cricket history. He was a stocky, compact man and a driver of the ball. He was a patient batsman and was known for his solid defence, in Sydney in 1897–98, he scored 160 in 165 minutes, including 30 boundaries to assist his team in defeating the English. He was the first man to score 500 runs in a Test series and was the first to three centuries in a series. His captaincy was disciplinarian in nature but his teammates respected his broad cricket knowledge, even tempered with a strong personality, he was a stickler for fair play on the field.
His teammates gave him the nickname Paddy due to a resemblance to the Australian boxer. His cricket career was interrupted several times due to his obligations as a farmer, first growing wheat in South Australia and he was a member of several bodies dedicated to agriculture in Tasmania, including the responsible authority for the Royal Hobart Show. He was a pioneer in activities such as rabbit eradication and pasture improvement and he entered politics in 1921, standing as an independent in the Tasmanian Legislative Council, where he was a forceful speaker. He retained his seat in the Tasmanian Parliament until his death following a gall bladder operation in 1946, Darling was born on 21 November 1870 in Glen Osmond, South Australia, the sixth son of John Darling, a grain merchant and his wife Isabella, née Ferguson. He was educated at Prince Alfred College, where he took an interest in cricket, at the age of 15, he scored a record 252 runs in the inter-collegiate match, the annual fixture against fierce rival St Peters College.
His future Test team mate, Clem Hill, would beat this record. Not long after, he was included in a combined South Australian/Victoria XV that played the Australian XI in 1886 and he made only 16 runs, but the manner in which he made them saw senior players hail him as a future champion. His father, disapproving of Darlings fondness for sport, sent him away from his cricket, Darling worked in a bank for a time and before his father appointed him manager of one of a wheat farm. Working on the added size and strength to an already stocky. He was selected for the South Australian team at age 19, after two years in the bush, Darling returned to Adelaide and cricket. He opened a store on Rundle Street and was soon selected to represent South Australia in inter-colonial cricket
John Thomas Tyldesley was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Lancashire and Test cricket for England. He was a specialist professional batsman, usually third in the batting order, born at Worsley, Tyldesley began his first-class career with Lancashire in 1895 and was a regular player until the First World War began in August 1914. He played Test cricket from 1899 to 1909, Tyldesley served in the British Army during the war, attaining the rank of corporal, and recommenced his Lancashire career in 1919. He effectively retired from cricket at the end of that season. Through the 1920s, Tyldesley ran a goods shop on Deansgate in Manchester. Johnny Tyldesley was born at Roe Green, Worsley on 22 November 1873 and received his training in Lancashire club cricket. He played for the Worsley Cricket Club in 1892 and 1893 before joining the Lancashire Second XI in 1894, Wisden considered him a well equipped batsman when he made his first-class debut for Lancashire in 1895. Tyldesley was often referred to by his initials but was generally known as Johnny or as John Tommy.
Tyldesley made his first-class debut, his County Championship debut, on 22 July 1895, batting in the middle order, he scored 13 and 33 not out. He played in ten matches in 1895 and 17 in 1896. His innings at Edgbaston remained his only century in that period, having been runners-up five times in the previous six seasons, Lancashire won their first official County Championship title in 1897. Tyldesley began the season with a run of indifferent scores and did not make a half-century until his match, starting on 1 July at Old Trafford. After that, his form lapsed again and, apart from one innings of 68 against Somerset at Old Trafford, he made low scores only, including four ducks and he generally batted at number five for Lancashire in 1897. His season tally was 1,017 runs in 26 matches at the average of 30.81 and he scored three centuries, three half-centuries and held 13 catches. He surpassed 1,000 runs in a season for the first time, Tyldesley scored 1,918 runs in 1898 including his first double-century.
He was invited to join Lord Hawkes tour of South Africa the following winter, Tyldesley played for England for the first time against South Africa in 1898–99. He hit a decisive 112 in one of the Tests, in 1899, Tyldesley played his first Ashes Tests at Trent Bridge and Lords. In the 1901 season, Tyldesley scored 3,041 runs in first-class matches, as a result, he was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1902 edition