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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

1986

Dazzling draws

May 5, 2005: The story of the not-so-boring drawn series

Jenny Thompson

1998

The gloves are off

Apr 16, 2005: The showdown between Allan Donald and Michael Atherton at Trent Bridge in 1998 was brutal and engrossing

Martin Williamson

1910

Fowler's match

Apr 9, 2005: Cricket's history has its fair share of games linked to one person - Laker's match in 1956, Botham's in 1981

Martin Williamson

1955

Almost perfection

Apr 2, 2005: Bits-and-pieces bowler Charles Palmer produced one of cricket's most remarkable spells - 14-12-7-8 - after coming on to allow a frontline bowler to change ends

Martin Williamson

1973

When the women set the agenda

Mar 26, 2005: A casual after-dinner chat over a spot of sherry between two sporting stalwarts spawned the first World Cup - and it was played by women

Jenny Thompson

1959

Beamed into exile

Mar 18, 2005: By their very nature, fast bowlers are an aggressive breed

Martin Williamson

1990

The 77-run over

Mar 12, 2005: When people are asked what is the most number of runs to come off one over, thoughts turn immediately to Tilak Raj and Malcolm Nash who both conceded 36, to Ravi Shastri and Garry Sobers respectively

Martin Williamson
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