Nightmare for family as umpire comes to stay

Young Toby Harrison's unusual hobby brought a nightmare for his unsuspecting family as a friendless umpire took advantage.
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On this day in cricket, 22 August 1956

Death of cricketing twin reveals secret

Identical twins Terry and Terry Hardbottom were so indisguishable that , rumour had it , even they didn't know which one was which.
There was no way of telling them apart on the field of play either : both were dashing batsman and much -feared, match-winning spinners for Hoggshire League side Plague Moor.
At least that was the theory.
It was during the 1955 Hoggshire League season that questions began to be asked about the twins .It started when both twins were at the wicket together - an unusual occurance due to Plague Moor's complete dominance of that period - when onlookers couldn't fail but notice that one of the twins was seemingly unable to put bat to ball, whilst the other scored easily.
No more was said until early in the 1956 season when one of the twins was struck by lightning in a mid season season cup match and died instantly. Despite his obvious grief the surviving twin was asked to play in Plague Moor's next fixture against arch rivals Horse Field. In the game itself Terry Hardbottom could neither lay bat on ball nor , when his turn came to bowl , land the ball on the strip. The desolate twin retired immediately at the completion of the match , never to be seeen on a cricket pitch again.


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Rule change ends 125 years of cricket history

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Marriage, me, and the RSPB

He was the golden boy of Hoggshire cricket at a time when regional greats abounded. These days Boris Gripper is a recovering addict in a viewless room at Green Fountain Sanatorium.


Umpire's ordeal is "no joke"

"It was a funny old day" for Hoggshire league umpire 'Boring' Norman Makepiece. A bizarre sequence of events left him questioning his sanity ... but even worse news was to follow. However, in a PDCC exclusive, we ask: is it all a terrible misunderstanding?
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Cannibal Caves
Rillington Place Third X1

Plague Moor
West Crematorium

East Midden
Rickets Wood

Fish Sands
Green Fountain under 14s

Verruca Bath under 12s
Bramble Park

Trench Lice
Leech Beck

Tipside Tigers
Goats of Mendis Second X1

Kitten Sack Pond
Nettles Green

Summerisle Strollers
Horse Field

Moth Meadow
National Socialists

Park Royal Pederasts
Egg Thieves Rock

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