|First-class span||1929 - 1929|
Michael Spurway kept wicket for Somerset in three matches in July 1929. He was on vacation from Oxford University when the county - always on the lookout for promising amateurs - told him it was time he had a game. He cycled into the ground at Taunton with his kit strapped to his bicycle and, arriving at the wicket at 98 for 9, he cut one of his first balls for an all-run four. "I think the batting order's upside down," the Leicestershire captain Eddie Dawson told him. He kept competently and was in the side for the next two matches at Bath, travelling for the first time - at Somerset's expense - on a first-class rail ticket and staying at the Grand Pump Room Hotel. All went well till one night the older amateur Jack MacBryan plied him with too much whisky. An early-morning visit to the thermal baths failed to clear his hangover and he dropped two crucial catches. He did not play for Somerset again. On graduation he went into the diplomatic service and, although his cricket became infrequent, he did represent Nigeria against the Gold Coast, also Singapore against Malaya. He was the last man alive to have played county cricket in the 1920s.
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