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, 2 September 1983

England cricket captain upsets readers of The Times

I read the interview with the current England cricket captain Bob Willis ( The Times August 28th ) with dismay , especially at the revelation that he had changed his name by deed poll to include '' Dylan '' , in honour of an American pop musician .
Is this any way for an England cricket captain to behave ?
Does Mr Willis think that the 1932/33 series in Australia would have been won if Sir Douglas Jardine had started calling himself '' Nellie '', after Dame Nellie Melba ? Perhaps he believes that we would have won the Ashes in 1970/71 under captain Raymond '' Elvis'' Illingworth .
Surely it's time for the MCC to act to stop this nonsense.
Yours sincerely
Major Percival '' Mott the Hoople '' Arblaster
The Times 2nd September 1983


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