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1973

A farewell to a cricket ground

Nov 19, 2005: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, for over a century the heart of Yorkshire cricket, stages its last county match this month

1974

A wholly inadequate cover-up

Nov 12, 2005: When the covering at Lord's left Pakistan fuming

Martin Williamson

1956

The umpire and bucket controversy

Nov 5, 2005: When a prank which saw a Pakistani umpire drenched with a bucket of water had far more serious consequences

Martin Williamson

1978

When Packer stalked Pakistan

Oct 29, 2005: Ask anyone about controversial England tours to Pakistan, and 1987-88 or 1968-69 are the most likely to spring to mind. But sandwiched in between those two was a series which was, in its own way, almost as miserable as the others

Martin Williamson

1972

The sublime Sobers

Oct 8, 2005: We look back to when Garry Sobers played what Don Bradman called 'the best innings I have ever seen in Australia'

Martin Williamson

1971

When people power sunk South Africa

Oct 1, 2005: We look back to the year that the actions of the Australian people led to the cancellation of a cricket tour

Martin Williamson

1922

'You have disgraced the annals of Hampshire cricket'

Sep 24, 2005: The day that Jack Newman was sent from the field by his captain

Martin Williamson

1981

The hero who almost didn't play

Sep 3, 2005: Bob Willis, one of the heroes of Headingley 1981, wasn't even in the original squad picked for the Test

Martin Williamson

1912

'You've been asking for a punch all night'

Aug 26, 2005: Some selection meetings involve heated exchanges of opinion, but few end up in a 20-minute brawl

Martin Williamson

1956

Jim Laker's other ten-for

Aug 20, 2005: We look back to 1956 and Jim Laker's ten wickets against Australia - but not the one at Old Trafford, but the one for Surrey at The Oval three months earlier

Martin Williamson

1975

Vandals stopped play

Aug 12, 2005: The last day's play at Headingley in August 1975 promised to be a thriller ... until it was discovered the pitch had been vandalised

Martin Williamson

1938

The dawn of television coverage

Aug 5, 2005: Television has been covering matches for almost 70 years, and the first broadcast was at Lord's in June, 1938

Martin Williamson

1921

Chopping and changing

Jul 23, 2005: In 1921, England's selectors made a swathe of changes as Warwick Armstrong's Australians steamrollered across the country ... but the outcome was always the same

Martin Williamson

1930

One fleeting moment in the sun

Jul 9, 2005: Although it is the fate of the substitute fielder to remain forever anonymous, Sydney Copley enjoyed his one moment of glory

Martin Williamson

1973

The sending-off of an England quick

Jul 2, 2005: When Alan Ward was expelled by his own captain after refusing to bowl on a sleepy Monday at Chesterfield

Martin Williamson

1805

The oldest fixture of them all

Jun 18, 2005: 2005 sees the 200th anniversary of what is believed to be the oldest of all cricket fixtures still played to this day - the annual Eton v Harrow match

Martin Williamson

1881

Nottinghamshire's general strike

Jun 4, 2005: When Nottinghamshire were crippled by a mass walkout

Martin Williamson

1938

The ultimate slogger

May 28, 2005: Big Jim Smith's onslaught at Bristol

Martin Williamson

1878

Midwinter's midsummer madness

May 21, 2005: A tale of a comic kidnapping

Jenny Thompson

1921

Perfection from a man who was anything but

May 14, 2005: Billy Bestwick took a ten-for ... his off-field problems made that all the more remarkable

Martin Williamson
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