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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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