That early naivety

One-day cricket has come a long way to this World Cup. Professional cricketers in England were incredibly naïve in the early days of competition. In 1969, the National League’s first season, the Somerset off-spinner Brian Langford was allowed to bowl eight maidens in his eight-over allocation against Essex at Yeovil, mostly to Brian Ward, who doggedly refused to be drawn into aggression.

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