Dentist lights up

A batsman playing for a Dentists’ XI against Bournemouth School in 1949 had matches in his trouser pocket ignited by a delivery that struck him on the hip. Bryan Burdett, at leg-slip, recalls: “As I went to pick the ball up, the batsman suddenly started dancing a jig and tearing at his trousers. A brown patch appeared, followed by flames and a bit of smoke. His shirt must have saved him from what might have been a really nasty burn.”

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