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, 10 October 1948

Invisible cricketer Hans Gruber born

Hans Gruber was born with an extremely rare condition that meant he was completely invisible to the naked eye. In fact, his parents didn't even realise he was there until he was 5 years old and started demanding Christmas presents.
Gruber's father was a keen local cricketer and encouraged his son to take up the game . Young Hans quickly developed into a unique player who used his natural advantages to the fullest effect.Gruber would refuse to wear whites, or any form of clothing, whilst playing, and could only be detected when holding a bat.As a bowler his loopy, extremely slowly flighted deliveries often moved radically just as the batsman attempted to play them, thus fostering a suspicion that Gruber probably crept up on the batsman holding on to the ball until only inches away from the stumps.
No-one is exactly sure what became of Gruber. He played a match in the West Dudley and District League on 17th August 1982 but was not heard of again. It has been suggested that he took a blow on the head whilst fielding at short leg and died on the field.However, rumours began to circulate that the see-through spinner had actually sneaked on board Bananarama's tour bus and was living a in a Swiss finishing school.


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