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Bar-Room Bore

'Goal' for Duff

Francis Huish, the first of a succession of top class Kent wicketkeepers, ran out Australia opener Reggie Duff in a tour match at Canterbury in 1902 with a kick to the bowler's end while standing back. Duff edged a delivery from seamer Bill Bradley along the ground and his partner sprinted for a quick single. Huish attempted to kick the ball on to the stumps but missed and his 'shot' scooted up to the other end and hit the stumps to run out Duff, unware of the danger. The talented Huish never played for England, unlike Kent successors such as George Wood, Les Ames, Hopper Levett, Godfrey Evans, Alan Knott, Paul Downton and even Geraint Jones.

Posted by Charlie Randall
25/11/2009 17:38:46

Swann's vision

Sounds straightforward enough for Graeme Swann at the age of 30. "I have just found over the years I am my own best shrink and I know if I am doing badly," he said in The Times . "Nine times out of 10, it is about taking it too seriously. I don't mean stop training and start having a laugh, but in your life you have to be happy."

Posted by Charlie Randall
05/11/2009 18:08:20

Tudor the 'spinner'

Alex Tudor would measure out his run-up by taking a leap back from the crease and scratching a mark quite close to the stumps before pacing out the rest of the distance.

As an 'unknown' Surrey 2nd XI fast bowler before his England days he played for Spencer, the London club at Wandsworth. In a cup match against Radlett a visiting batsman, Dave Robinson, assumed Tudor was a first-change spinner when he saw the bowler scratching the turf near the stumps and he ran his batting helmet back to the pavilion. Though Robinson was warned of his misconception by his batting colleague, he decided it was too late to change his mind. What Tudor made of this apparent insult is not known, but his first ball would have hit Robinson flush on the nose if the batsman had not raised his glove just in time. Then he had his helmet brought back...

From 125 Years of Cricket at Radlett CC

Posted by Charlie Randall
31/10/2009 12:01:04

Gayle's wreckage

Nicholas Levene, a City fund manager, allegedly lost £720,000 in a spread bet on a game in the ICC World Twenty20 between South Africa and the West Indies in September 2007 after staking £10,000 per run. The betting firm IG Index lodged papers in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court claiming that the debt had risen to more than £1.7 million two years later with interest and fees. The match in Johannesburg was won by South Africa by eight wickets, though not before Chris Gayle had scored 117 for the West Indies off only 57 balls to boost the total of 205, an innings that probably hit the spread-betters.

Posted by Charlie Randall
11/10/2009 11:32:44

Warne's self-chuckle

Shane Warne said that he had to "chuckle" when he watched a preview of Shane Warne: The Musical before its official opening at Melbourne, his home town, in December 2008. The concept of the show, written by its star Eddie Perfect, had annoyed Warne, and no doubt lawyers were following the plot with keen interest, but he was apparently won over by the script and performances. Maybe someone could write a show for Manchester called 'Freddie Flintoff: The Nightmare'.

Posted by Charlie Randall
06/10/2009 10:16:40

Flintoff's misery

Andrew Flintoff has confirmed in his updated autobiography the truth about how badly he got on with the coach Duncan Fletcher during his tenure as captain. "It was a case of two people who didn't get on being thrown together for eight months of the year as part of the England cricket team," he said. "We had completely different views on life; the relationship didn't work and it came to an abrupt end after the World Cup in 2007." Flintoff said he felt isolated trying to lead the side through the 2006/07 Ashes tour and remembered treading his bat in half in frustration after defeat in the second Test at Adelaide.

Posted by Charlie Randall
21/09/2009 17:04:25

Ashes outshone

A major incident in a county championship match at Swansea dominated 1968 after England had drawn a dull Ashes series against Bill Lawry's Australians. Gary Sobers became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in first class cricket. 

The Glamorgan team had reached the dressing room after left-armer Malcom Nash had been humiliated by Sobers, Nottinghamshire's captain. The final six flew so far out of the St Helen's ground that Sobers declared rather than waste time while a suitable replacement ball was found. "Tony Lewis was pretty astute," recalled Nash. "He said I should make sure I get the right fees from the press for talking to them about the over. Then somebody suggested I should write a book about it. 'What would you call it, Nashy?' piped up Tony Cordle, 'Gone With the Wind?'

Sobers' feat handed John Parkin an historic moment in a failed career at Nottinghamshire. Few people would remember he was the non-striker. Nash's figures when Sobers arrived at the crease were 16-3-42-4. and his final analysis read 21-3-100-4, with his West Indian tormentor 76 not out.

Detail from Six Of The Best -- Cricket's Most Famous Over by Grahame Lloyd

Posted by Charlie Randall
19/08/2009 09:53:18

Gibbs' global sixes

Herschelle Gibbs became the first man to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket when he took the Holland bowler Daan van Buge apart at St Kitts in the 2007 World Cup. And the South African's achievement cost Johnnie Walker -- or rather their insurerers -- about £515,000. The whisky firm had pledged this amount to charity for anyone making six sixes. The lucky recipient was Habitat for Humanity, the British organisation set up in 1976 to help tackle poverty housing on a global scale.

Posted by Charlie Randall
10/08/2009 20:26:01

Rushden's red tape

Rushden Town CC were forced by East Northamptonshire County Council to commission a survey at the cost of £2,000 to prove that additional new nets would not annoy local residents, even though nobody in the nearest 50 houses had complained, the Northants Evening Telegraph reported in 2008. The only complaints the club did receive followed an Abba tribute night organised to pay for the survey.

Posted by Charlie Randall
29/07/2009 20:35:54

No autos, please

Thoughts on captaincy: "To treat a man as an automaton is the best way to make him one, and an automaton is precisely what is not required as a cricketer."

KS Ranjitsinhji

Posted by Charlie Randall
20/07/2009 12:38:29
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