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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 October 2000

Veteran quick bowler defends injury record

A fast bowler whose injury record led to accusations of malingering has hit out at critics.
37 year old Chez ‘’ Sicknote ‘’Gibbons has been at East Midden CC for over 10 years but in that time has played just a handful of games despite being the club’s top wage earner.
Gibbons has been sidelined for the past 3 seasons with a combination of injuries. He told Hoggshire Weekly News that he was suffering from ‘’ Dartitis, gut rot and a bit of a runny nose.’’
‘’ People expect me to charge in and bowl at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour all the time but that sort of exertion really takes it out of your body, ‘’ added Gibbons.
‘’ I’m no spring chicken any-more so the recovery process is longer. I have had this cold now for the best part of a decade and it still hasn't responded to the Beechams Powders I took at the end of the 1997 season. I may have to upgrade to Flu Plus.’’
Supporters of the beleaguered Hoggshire side have been vocal in their criticism of Gibbons and his frequent non – appearances.
Supporters Club Chairman Mick Sledge said: ‘’ I don’t know why the club don’t get rid of him. He hasn’t set foot on the field since 1995 when he bowled two balls before coming off with a vaginal discharge. I saw him later that night Moonwalking at Nurses Night in Annabellas .’’
Since taking 0 – 246 on debut in 1989 Gibbons has played just 5 games He missed the entire 1992 and !993 seasons with chronic dandruff and , all but one game in 1994 after claiming to have been bitten by a witch.
‘’ I should be firing on all cylinders for my benefit season next year , ‘ said Gibbons. ‘’ If this cough clears up then opposition batsmen won’t know what’s hit them. ‘’



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