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Died on 19th June

Several legendary stories of this great character contained in obit link.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries...r%27-Wells.html

Straight crib from my own posting in UK.Sport.Cricket :blink:

Plagiarism is alive and well...

Contributions on the noble game invariably ignored in these columns.

Cheers

Robt P.

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You could be right there Rob.

I for one am a Cricket (and football) Philistine!

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Straight crib from my own posting in UK.Sport.Cricket :blink:

Plagiarism is alive and well...

Contributions on the noble game invariably ignored in these columns.

Cheers

Robt P.

Shame no post from you on this forum seeing as Bomber was a Notts player (at least this post wasn't ignored).

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Another Noble game, with low activity here, Ice Hockey?

Mick

No longer falling off a Honda Superdream (250cc)

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I remember reading about him but never saw him play - sounds like he was a real character.

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I had the pleasure, if you can call it that, of batting against him in a club match in 1972. He was too good for that standard, and presumably played in order to act as a talent spotter for Notts. Batting against him was murder; the top score on our side was 15. My own contribution that day was 13, which was the second-highest score, but it took 39 overs, since my method of keeping him out did not provide for scoring of runs. In the first-class game he no doubt was a "slow" bowler, but he pushed the ball through as fast as many a club opener, and to deal with someone turning the ball sharply both ways is in such circumstances challenging.

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You did well to keep him out...was he then playing for Bestwood Colliery in now defunct Amateur League?

He only carried on playing for so long because he genuinely loved the game...he had no great affinity with Notts CCC, more so with his native Gloucester. His pace of off-spin in the First Class game was certainly on the quick side, as he rarely looped the ball and had a fastish arm action with a flat delivery.

Trust you had chance to socialise with him after the game. Wonderful character, with an endless supply of funny cricketing stories, anecdotes and risque jokes - all told in his particular Cotswolds burr.

Cheers

Robt P.

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It was a long time ago and I no longer recall what club he played for that day, though it was against Bestwood Park CC, which seems to be defunct, or perhaps they have moved to a different ground; I have lived in Scotland for more than 30 years, and got rather out of touch with things.

As for socialising with him after the game, I sadly have no recollection of any events after the match, which no doubt we lost. Since his company would have been memorable, it is safe to suppose that we for some reason did not get to talk to him later; so that was a second loss for us.

Mr T.

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Some questions have been raised recently about Younis Khan's 35 second over in 2007 and whether it is a record.

The Daily Telegraph's obituary for Bomber mentioned he bowled an over while the cathedral clock at Worcester chimed 12. After research with the cathedral it transpires it takes 34.98 second between the first and last strike of the cathedral bell.

As with Bomber alot of these stories were "enlarged" but still of interest.

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