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1973

The start of a love affair

Aug 31, 2013: When a one-sided one-day international at The Oval in the late summer of 1973 triggered a passion that lasts to this day

Martin Williamson

1953

Same Ashes, but an altogether different world

Aug 17, 2013: England regained the Ashes at The Oval in 1953 and 2005. But the experience of Test cricket could not have changed more in in the 52 years between the two matches

Martin Williamson

1993

The ball of the century

Aug 3, 2013: When a peroxide-blond, earring-wearing leggie turned the game of cricket on its head

Martin Williamson

1975

Overexposed at Lord's

Jul 20, 2013: When a merchant seaman stripped down to his trainers and hurdled the stumps during an Ashes Test at Lord's

Martin Williamson

1938

The boy who bowled Bradman

Jun 29, 2013: A 16-year-old schoolboy made the front pages of the national newspapers when he bowled the greatest batsman of all

Martin Williamson

2005

'Scared dinkum' and dead-drunk Australians

Jun 15, 2013: A drunk allrounder and players scared witless by a ghost provided an unsettling start to Australia's 2005 Ashes campaign

Martin Williamson

2004

A turkey of a tournament

Jun 1, 2013: The 2004 Champions Trophy 'deserved to be ranked … in the list of the Great Sporting Fiascos of our time'

Martin Williamson

1978

The end of the innocence

May 18, 2013: The felling of a tailender by Bob Willis triggered the acceptance that helmets were needed in the game

Martin Williamson

1880

Well done... and straight to prison

May 4, 2013: The tale of a man who took 4 for 49 and was promptly arrested for deserting the army

Martin Williamson

1963

Opening Pandora's one-day box

Apr 20, 2013: Fifty years ago, an effort to bring crowds back to cricket led to the birth of a new format

Martin Williamson

1903

Snow, sleet ... and cricket

Apr 6, 2013: In 1903, the English county season got off to a start with a match between London County and Surrey. But the match, which featured WG Grace and Bangalore Jayaram, was played amid sleet and snow showers

Martin Williamson

1969

Australia's greatest challenge

Mar 23, 2013: In 1969-70 Australia won their series in India: a battle between spinners and batsmen, played against a background of widespread violence

Martin Williamson

2006

Putting Sachin in the shade

Mar 9, 2013: When two Hyderabad schoolboys smashed a record set 18 years earlier by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli

Martin Williamson

1998

When Lara led a players' strike

Feb 23, 2013: West Indies cricket hit a new low in November 1998 when the captain and his squad refused to travel to South Africa

Martin Williamson

1978

'I've run you out, you ****'

Feb 9, 2013: The nadir of Geoff Boycott's brief time as England captain came when he was deliberately run out by one of his own side

Martin Williamson

1985

Botham, Hollywood and James Bond

Jan 26, 2013: When Beefy was told he had the 'looks, build and accent' to be the next 007

Martin Williamson

1955

Plumbing the depths

Jan 12, 2013: When New Zealand set an unwelcome Test record that still stands almost 60 years later

Martin Williamson

1964

Desperate times... send for Blowers

Dec 15, 2012: When an injury-ravaged England were so short they almost had to send for Henry Blofeld

Martin Williamson

1977

The Vaseline affair

Dec 1, 2012: When a discarded strip of gauze threatened to derail a series

Martin Williamson

1962

When players became cricketers

Nov 17, 2012: Fifty years ago this month the distinction between amateurs and professionals was finally abolished and they all become simply 'cricketers'

Martin Williamson
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