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One of England's fastest bowlers was taking a quiet stroll in a
little village when he came upon a game of cricket. This being in
the age before TV, cricketers were not always recognised by face.
The visiting team was one player short and invited the great man
not knowing who he was. The home team was batting first. Soon it
became evident that the umpires were more than slightly in favour
of the batsmen, when several appeals for catches behing the
wicket and leg-before were turned down.
The visiting captain,
in desperation, and having used all his bowlers turned to
our friend. The Test cricketer, Harold Larwood, marked out a
short run-up and came in and bowled his first delivery. The
batsman was plumb in front and was about to move.
cried the visitors. But the umpire just shook his head in
Lol, a little miffed, came in again, and there was a
loud noise to be heard as the batsman nicked to the keeper.
But, once again, to the amazement of the visitors, their appeals
fell on deaf ears.
Now, Lol was livid. He marked out his
full run-up, told hte keeper to step further back and came
charging in at full pace.
The batsman never saw the ball. All
he did see was his off stump cartwheeling out of the ground. Lol
calmly turned back from his follow through and walked back to
the top of his run-up.
On his way,as he passed the Umpire he
remarked, "We nearly had him there, didn't we?"