On a sunny afternoon in May 1868, 19-year-old Gilbert Grace stood in a Wiltshire field, wondering why he was playing cricket against the Great Western Railway Club. A batting genius, ‘W.G.’ should have been starring at Lord’s in the grand opening match of the season. But MCC did not want to elect this humble son of a provincial doctor. W.G.’s career was faltering before it had barely begun. Grace finally forced his way into MCC and over the next three decades, millions came to watch him – not just at Lord’s, but across the British Empire and beyond.