Mewteth Seconds are one player short for the game that could decide which team goes up and which team goes down from Cornish League Seven East. Mewteth's captain has found a substitute player, but only if Trevor, the captain of Ramswell Seconds, agrees. The guy has a funny name, but what does it matter? He's never played cricket before ...
The Substitute is the second in Michael White's Tales from the Village Green series. A keen but extremely poor cricketer, Michael has a love for the game which he hopes is reflected in his stories about it.
The Substitute is a story of village cricket, albeit one with an unusual twist! As a result it's packed full of cricket terminology. If you don't know much about cricket then this story might not be for you. However, if you love village life then you may find it worth a read.