Brown and Robinson were two old bowlers who were fierce rivals at cricket.
One day, they decided to see who
was the better player by having a game between themselves. Brown laboured
for an hour to score twelve
runs, but was bowled by the only straight ball he received. Both men were
exhausted, and Robinson decided
that he was too tired to bat and made for the pavilion, even though Brown
had only to bowl at the empty
wicket and break it to win.
As he lay slumped in the pavilion, an amused on looker strolled in and
'What do you mean?' said Robinson.
'Haven't you heard?' said the spectator. 'Brown bowled thirteen wides!'