While cricket remains hugely popular with all age groups today, at the beginning of the 2oth century it was the national game.
A new book called The Final Wicket looks at the lives, sporting careers and deaths of 275 first-class cricketers who made the ultimate sacrifice between August 1914 and the end of 1918.
Among these sportsmen is Captain Egerton Lowndes Wright, as told by author Nigel McCrery:
Egerton Lowndes Wright was born on November 15 1885 at Adlington, the second son of Henry Lowndes Wright of Burnt House, Adlington.
He had three brothers who also served in the war.
Some years after the war their father published a memoir entitled Four Brothers and the World War: the Private Record of Their Father for his Grandchildren.
Wright played 37 first-class matches between May 1905 and May 1910. The majority were University matches but he also played for Lancashire in the County Championship on four occasions.
At the outbreak of war he was commissioned into the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and went to France in March 1915.
He was mentioned twice in Despatches and received the Military Cross. He was killed in action near Barly on May 11 1918 and is commemorated in Barly French Military Cemetery.
Captain Wright had married Violet Shakespear in 1911 and left two children, one of whom, James Egerton Lowndes Wright, went on to play for Lords and Princes.
- The Final Wicket is published by Pen & Sword Books, priced at £30 and is available from www.pen-and-sword.co.uk.