Stuffed bird travels to Netherlands November 17, 2006

Lord's sparrow takes flight

Cricinfo staff

The most famous sparrow in cricket is to feature in "The Grand House Sparrow Exhibition" at the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The bird was hit by a ball during a match between MCC and Cambridge University in 1936, as chronicled by Wisden. "TN Pearce, the batsman, managed to play the ball and the bird fell against the stumps without dislodging a bail." It was subsequently stuffed and mounted on the ball which caused its fate.

Dave van der Wal from the TV station RTV Rijnmond accompanied Kees Moeliker who travelled to the Lord's museum, and produced a short video of the journey with some misty-eyed music accompaniment.

There's more information on the bird's flight at the Lord's website.