[By W. J. Ford, in the * Badminton.’]
Bowlers have many dodges. Few had more than the wily David Buchanan, and a rare good bowler he was. In my undergraduate time he was bowling against us at Cambridge on a very wet day, and I happened to be one of the few who. made any headway against him ; but he was quite a match for me, for instead of his usual alow medium pace he suddenly sluug up a fast “ yorker,” having previously covered the ball with sawdust. A yellow globe, moving at a great pace, was so startling that it had the desired effect. , . . Why do batsmen so often take bowlers into their confidence ? A little conversation between the overs or during lunch is a pleasant relaxation, bub there is no reason why batsmen should give themselves away by such remarks as “I hate slows,” “ I never could play a fast yorker,” “So-and-so’s bowling is awfully hard to see from the pavilion end.” It’s a wise man, of course, who can keep his own counsel, and it’s a wise bowler who treasures up the crumbs of information which fall from the batsman’s mouth. The following wicked trick was once played by a bowler and his field in collaboration, but it was in a match of no importance, in which the result was a foregone conclusion :—The non-striker was short-sighted and impetuous, and to secure his dismissal the bowler, long-stop, apd wicket-keeper put up the following
scheme; The first time the wicket-keeper took a ball the long-stop was to right-about-face and run for his life, a? if to save imaginary byes. Mr Non-striker lost sight of tbe hall, but saw Ion:'-atop running like a deer ; mo, assuming that bye* were, to lie had, he was oif at once, and when the batsmen had crossed the wicket was put down, to his great and endless uma-.ement. Jt was only after tho dinner which succeeded the match, and when the port had gone round freely, that the hideous details were revealed to lht> victim. My lather had rather a good bowleruin]iire story, lie was the non-striker, and tie- bowler bred o.i a really prodigious wide. Tin: umpire made no sign, so my lather said to him ; “ Vasn’l that u wide, umpire?” “ '-‘.'hie; es, sir; wide a hail as ever I seed ” But it never got en to the shore shed. Bill, of ail ihe wicked ‘'plants” that were ever put up fur the guileless batsman the following is the wickedest. The story is pretty well known, as also the names of tbe protagonists, hut in case there is a reader of the ‘Badminton’ to whom it is not familiar it must here be recorded. A wellknown ex-county batsman had, and has, a trick of knocking the ball away whenever he has played it and has left it within reach ; in fact, of hitting it twice without malice prepense as far as runs are concerned. Some kind-hearted friends and cricketers promoted the following device. The first time he played the ball close to his feet, and tapped it away, “point” dashed in, seized the ball, and threw it hard at the wicket, fairly wide, as if the batsman were out of his ground, and the wicket-keeper let it pass. Off went the batsman for the run. “ How’s that for hitting the ball twice and running?” The umpire said “Out!” and the batsman oi course had to go.
Magistrate: “The gamekeeper declares that ne saw you taking this pheasant. What have you to say to that ?” Prisoner : “ I only took it for a lark.” Magistrate: “ Six months for making such an ornithological error. Consult your natural history in future.” Mr Glibleigh : “ What is the cause of so many divorces?” Miss Sourleigh; “So many marriages.”
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BOWLERS’ YARNS., Evening Star, Issue 10430, 27 September 1897
BOWLERS’ YARNS. Evening Star, Issue 10430, 27 September 1897
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