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When Mike Griffith followed in the footsteps of his father
February 6, 2009
This happened when I was playing for Sussex. The players had revolted against the captain, Jim Parks, and a new captain, Mike Griffith, son of Billy Griffith, who was the MCC secretary, was appointed.
We were playing in Hove. He won the toss on a very green wicket and put them in. At the break, in the dressing room he told us, "Chaps, I hope they are not 300 for none at tea."
They were 330 for none at tea! They got 480 in all and we batted for half-an-hour.
At the end of the day a spectator grabbed a hold of Michael at the back of the pavilion and said, "Michael, I want you to know you are not the first captain to do that [put the opposition in] here." Michael asked, "Who was the last?" And the chap said, "Your dad."
Allan Jones is an umpire and a former Middlesex and Glamorgan player. He spoke to Sriram VeeraFeeds: Sriram Veera
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