July 10, 2008

WHICH MAKES BOOMER WELLS SEEM LIKE MISS HATHAWAY:

Bryan 'Bomber' Wells (Daily Telegraph, 10/07/2008)

Bryan "Bomber" Wells who has died aged 77, was an off-spin bowler for Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire, and one of the funniest and most eccentric county cricketers of the 1950s and 1960s.

Overweight and undertrained, Bomber Wells could hardly have looked less like a professional sportsman. This unathletic impression was confirmed by his bowling run-up, or rather his lack of run-up. As he himself explained, he took two steps when he was cold and one when he was hot; and sometimes he simply delivered the ball from a stationary position.

Once at Worcester, by pre-arrangement with Roly Jenkins, who was batting, Wells managed to bowl an entire over while the cathedral clock struck 12. Sir Derrick Bailey, 3rd Bt, the Gloucestershire captain, was furious, and complained to Wells that he was making the game look ridiculous. [...]

Inevitably, many batsmen were unprepared for Bomber's delivery. Playing as a young man for the Gloucestershire Nondescripts against Witney, he bowled out a batsman called Len Hemming, who was immediately called back as he had not seemed to be ready.

With the next ball Bomber bowled him out again. "If you think I'm staying here for him to get his bloody hat-trick," Hemming told the fielders, "you've got another think coming."

Years later Hemming was asked about this story. "I've no recollection of it at all," he said, "but I'm all in favour of it."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 10, 2008 4:20 PM

...complained to Wells that he was making the game look ridiculous.

Who knew that it took effort to make cricket look ridiculous?

Posted by: Brandon at July 10, 2008 4:48 PM

the Gloucestershire Nondescripts

What a wonderful team name.

Posted by: Mikey at July 10, 2008 5:52 PM
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