News

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, 29 July 1977

The 'King' of county cricket

A perfectly preserved mummy found last month in an intact burial tomb in Luxor bore an identical resemblance to Warwickshire wicket-keeper Geoff Humpage.
An expert from the British Museum was so perplexed by the striking similarity that he dressed the mummy in cricket apparel and left him in the Edgbaston dressing room an hour prior to the commencement of last Sunday’s John Player League fixture.
“Not a single player twigged,” says Archaeologist Timothy Tallow. “Thus proving my theory that Geoff Humpage is a direct descendant of a 4,000 year-old Egyptian King.”
Unfortunately the opportunity to interrogate Tallow’s controversial claim has been lost for good as Andy Lloyd's dog ate the mummified remains shortly before the close of play.
'Wicket keeper's ancestor eaten by dog' Midlands Daily Echo> 29th July 1977



Opinion

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News

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News

Rule change ends 125 years of cricket history

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Veteran cricket umpire interrogated

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Features

Marriage, me, and the RSPB

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News

Umpire's ordeal is "no joke"

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Hoggshire League
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Green Fountain under 14s
41
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West Crematorium
23-0

Kitten Sack Pond
4-5
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Plague Moor

Fish Sands
6-2
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Rillington Place Third X1
6-9

Verruca Bath under 12s
42-7
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National Socialists
28-6

Bramble Park
10-9
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Horse Field

Park Royal Pederasts
50-0
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Trench Lice

Leech Beck
31-7
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Summerisle Strollers

Egg Thieves Rock
10
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Rickets Wood
3-4

Moth Meadow
43-8
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Cannibal Caves

Tipside Tigers
41
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East Midden

Nettles Green
49-9
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Goats of Mendis Second X1

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