‘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.

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