The golden age of men’s cricket came to an end in the summer of 1914 with the outbreak of war.

But it marked the beginning of women’s adoption of the national game - and that story is now being told for the first time in an in-depth book.

‘Women at the Wicket’ is written by PHD student Adam McKie - from Egham based Royal Holloway, University of London, describing the formative years of the game and how cricket became a new setting for women’s emancipation after achieving electoral equality in 1928. There is a forward from broadcaster Alison Mitchell.

Despite hostile opposition and humble beginnings by 1939 the sport had been transformed with international tours, first-class county venues and crowds in their thousands. Fast forward to 2017 when the English Women’s Cricket Team won the World Cup Final.

Adam Mckie said: “While there are a bountiful number of books on the history of cricket, very few ever mention the development of the women’s game.

“The time was right for a detailed history of the game, documenting both the hostility these players faced and their triumphs in popularising the sport.

“Building on the enormous success of at the Women’s World Cup in England last year, 2018 marks the first year a woman has featured on the cover of the Wisden Almanack in its 154-year history and women’s cricket is now one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

“I hope ‘Women at the Wicket’ goes some way to filling this historical silence and provides a useable past for future generations.”

Adam’s book is published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS).

To buy the book, please visit the ACS website.