A sparrow was killed by a ball bowled by Jahangir Khan in the M.C.C. and Cambridge University match at Lord's. T.N. Pearce, the batsman, managed to play the ball and the bird fell against the stumps without dislodging the bails. The bird is preserved as a relic in the pavilion at Lord's.
In a rain-ruined match at Nottingham, G.O.B. Allen (Middlesex) batted on each of three days for 6 not out. Actually his innings occupied half an hour.
Hammond of Sussex, when bowling against Kent at Tunbridge Wells, sent the ball direct to James Park at slip who caught it as Dolphin, the umpire, called wide.
Two instances occurred during the summer of a captain permitting his opponents to alter their side after the start of a match.
At Northampton, A.W. Allen allowed India to bring in M.J. Gopalan for Baqa Jilani, who was indisposed. At Maidstone, A.P.F. Chapman made no objection to Middlesex playing Gray instead of G.O.B. Allen, who stood down.
Blankets were used to dry the actual pitch at Lord's during the Test Match with India.
In 1836, two professional cricketers, Wenman and Mills, defeated an Isle of Oxney XI. at Wittersham, Kent. At the end of that game it was agreed that another of the kind should take place in 100 years time.
The agreement was fulfilled on September 5, 1936, when Ashdown (Kent) and Wensley (Sussex) comprised the professional team. Oxney batted first, scoring 153; then Wensley (96) and Ashdown (83 not out) made 186, and won by 33 runs.
Tokens of appreciation for his services in connection with University cricket were handed to Mr. H.D.G. Leveson Gower at a gathering of Old Blues at Lord's on July 7. Mr. A.J. Webbe (Oxford captain in 1877 and 1878) made the presentation which took the form of a jewel for Mrs. Leveson Gower and a china dinner service. Mr. G.E.C. Wood spoke on behalf of Cambridge.
Altogether, Mr. Leveson Gower has taken teams to play 64 matches against the Universities; he now finds it necessary to relinquish the task. An illuminated book containing the names of the subscribers came as a specially interesting souvenir.
Mr. W. Findlay, the M.C.C. Secretary, on retiring, received presentations from Members of the Imperial Cricket Conference, the First-Class Counties, Minor Counties, and the Staff at Lord's.
After 27 years off service at Lord's, H. White, the groundman, was succeeded by Austin Martin, son of the Oval groundman.
At the end of September, Dan Hayward retired from Fenner's after being in charge since 1908. He had been connected with Cambridge University sport for upwards of 50 years. Jack Haylock, who has been at Fenner's for 26 years, is now head groundman.
In recognition of the valuable services the late Hon. F.S.G. Calthorpe rendered as one of the founders of the Folkestone Cricket Festival, a portrait of him was placed in the Pavilion at Folkestone.
As many as eight Marlborough College players were l.b.w.. (four under the new rule) in the second innings against Cheltenham College at Marlborough. Altogether 34 wickets fell in the match and 16 batsmen were l.b.w.