If you want to motivate your young cricketer with a book to record scores (with a crash course for moms), this is the book to buy
Howzattt – My cricket record book: A beginners guide to the game
Michelle Lang didn’t come from a cricketing background and didn’t know much about the game, until she met her husband Clive, who came from a cricket fanatic family. One of their first dates was to watch a match at Kingsmead in Durban.
Little did she know what the future held after they got married and had four sons over a 13-year period: Dylan, Ryan, Sean and Timothy. She never had an option but to join in the backyard games of fiercely competitive cricket. To further encourage them, she built cricket nets in the garden where Clive and the boys could practise to their hearts’ content and she could watch and comment from a distance.
Michelle spent years as a spectator watching and encouraging her boys playing cricket all over the country, and it was when her eldest son Dylan was 12 that she got the idea of creating a personal record keeping book where young players could record their own statistics on a match by match basis.
Being entrepreneurial by nature, she set about creating My Cricket Record Book and sent it to various highly recognized cricketing personalities receiving very encouraging and positive responses, with the book being endorsed by both Dr Ali Bacher and Bob Woolmer who at the time were Managing Director of Cricket South Africa and Head Coach of the Proteas, respectively.
Being very busy with a successful career in the real estate industry, Michelle never took the book to print and the idea was put on hold. However, after a few years (and with the encouragement of her sons), she decided to revive the book, incorporating A Beginner’s Guide to the Game which includes the rules, cricketing terms, history, and elementary coaching tips.
The purpose of the book is educational and informative, targeting young cricketers as well as those who have not been exposed to cricket in the past, with the hope of expanding the participation in the game.
She and The Howzattt team’s mission is to work with cricket business partners offering the book to all young players at grassroots level. The book has also been translated into isiZulu.
For a reduced price you can sponsor a formerly disadvantaged child or cricket team with the Zulu book:
Howzattt – Incwadi yami yekhilikithi.