Monthly Archive:: September 2005
The Oval pitch used to be a mixture of marl and liquid cow manure before The War, pancaked from heavy rolling by the head groundsman ‘Bosser’ Martin into a batting paradise. Bill O’Reilly, one of the toiling
Andrew Flintoff is reported to have bought a Harley-Davidson motorbike, a customised 1584cc Road King Classic worth £13,995, after lessons purchased for him by his wife Rachael for Christmas. The England all-rounder said: “I’ve wanted a Harley-Davidson
The reverse sweep should be prohibited as unfair to the fielding side because the batsman is effectively changing his stance. Under the laws a bowler is forbidden to change the ball to another hand without giving prior
Peter Roebuck, Somerset’s captain, complained about Hampshire’s runner during a NatWest Trophy match at Southampton in 1988, holding up play with protests that Paul Terry was exceptionally quick and much faster than the injured batsman Chris Smith
John Crawley seemed fortunate to survive a loud snick while batting for England A against Free State at Bloemfontein in 1994, but umpire Willie Wilson felt something was not quite right, even though the fielding side were
Glamorgan provided a training base for the France rugby squad at Sophia Gardens before their sensational victory over New Zealand in the quarter-final of the World Cup in Cardiff. The players borrowed some bats and balls to
England players Paul Collingwood, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara were stunned when a large snake crossed their path while they were walking in Dambulla during their one-day series in Sri Lanka. The reptile was identified
WG Grace took to bowls after he finished playing cricket regularly and founded the English Bowling Association in 1903 in the decade before his death.
Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer, chose a cricket commentary as one of his records in the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs in 2004. It was John Arlott describing Jim Laker’s 19 wickets against Australia at
Ebony Rainford-Brent, a UCL chemistry graduate and England women one-day all-rounder, said she used to cut the finger ends off her batting gloves to save her nails before she started playing regularly for Surrey.