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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

1981

When Sunny spat the dummy

Mar 5, 2005: Dennis Lillee and Sunil Gavaskar are two of cricket's most successful players, and also two of the most controversial

Martin Williamson

1950

'It was just one of those days'

Feb 26, 2005: In the Test Trial of 1950 Jim Laker, who had been rejected by Yorkshire, returned to his home of Bradford and took the remarkable figures of 8 for 2

Martin Williamson

1974

It ain't over until it's over

Feb 19, 2005: In the days before television coverage was a given at almost every international match anywhere in the world, many controversial incidents, which would now be endlessly replayed and analysed were hardly even commented upon

Martin Williamson

1890

'A symbol of cricket's past and a reassurance of its future'

Feb 12, 2005: Like sport itself, the world of sporting architecture moved on in leaps and bounds in the last third of the 20th century

Martin Williamson

1981

The greatest over of them all?

Feb 5, 2005: Many people can recall outstanding deliveries, such as Shane Warne's'ball of the century' to Mike Gatting at Old Trafford in 1993

Martin Williamson

1932

The record that shouldn't have been

Jan 29, 2005: Cricket records are broken fairly regularly, but few in such controversial circumstances as happened at Leyton in 1932

Martin Williamson

1965

Walking the walk

Jan 15, 2005: The thorny subject of walking has been around for years ..

Martin Williamson

1933

Bodyline's final fling

Jan 8, 2005: One of the last outings of Bodyline came in the unlikliest settings - the Varsity match of 1933 - where Ken Farnes almost bowled Cambridge to a controversial victory

Martin Williamson

1928

Festive frolics at the MCG

Dec 25, 2004: On Christmas Day 1928, thousands deserted their Christmas celebrations to head to the MCG as Alan Kippax and Hal Hooker broke the world record for the last-wicket stand

Martin Williamson

1836

Mynn's majestic innings - and the birth of leg-guards

Dec 18, 2004: Alfred Mynn, one of the early giants of the game, played a famous innings at Leicester in 1836

Debashish Biswas

1903

Bosie, Bannerman and a boycott

Dec 11, 2004: For many cricketers across the world, the idea of ending their lives doing what they love - playing cricket - has a certain romantic appeal

Martin Williamson and Lynn McConnell

1942

Not out ... dead

Dec 4, 2004: For many cricketers across the world, the idea of ending their lives doing what they love - playing cricket - has a certain romantic appeal

Martin Williamson

1988

Mike Gatting's annus horribilis

Nov 6, 2004: A look at Gatting's unfortunate turn of events after the Ashes glory

Martin Williamson

1931

The day The Don got a working-over

Oct 30, 2004: Failures with the bat by Don Bradman were not commonplace, ducks even less so

Martin Williamson

1976

Storming cricket's bastion

Oct 21, 2004: Jenny Thompson looks back to the day in August 1976 when women were finally allowed to play at Lord's

Jenny Thompson

1870

Cobden's match

Oct 2, 2004: The varsity match of 1870 will always go down as one of the classic games in English cricket

Martin Williamson

1979

Heavy metal at the WACA

Sep 25, 2004: Dennis Lillee will be remembered as one of the game's great fast bowlers

Martin Williamson
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