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The gloves are off
The gloves are off

The showdown between Allan Donald and Michael Atherton at Trent Bridge in 1998 was brutal and engrossing

The dirt in the pocket affair
The dirt in the pocket affair

It seems extraordinary to recall now, given all the seismic scandals that have clawed away at the integrity of cricket over the past decade, but at the start of the 1990s, there was no issue more emotive than ball-tampering

'It was just one of those days'
'It was just one of those days'

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

When Vaughan was golden
When Vaughan was golden

Until Joe Root came along, the last time England could boast about having the world's best batsman in their ranks was in 2002, the year of Michael Vaughan

The summer of a man's life
The summer of a man's life

The summer of 1947 was the zenith for the County Championship, and of Denis Compton and Bill Edrich

Facing Holding with a little thin towel
Facing Holding with a little thin towel

Brian Close and John Edrich won plenty of admirers - and took as many hits - on a brutal evening in Manchester in 1976

When Sunny made 438 look gettable
When Sunny made 438 look gettable

Had India pulled off a remarkable victory at The Oval in 1979, Sunil Gavaskar's 221 would be up there as the greatest Test innings

The Oval grind of 1938
The Oval grind of 1938

Playing a Test to the finish, however long that might take, seemed a good idea once upon a time. But a 900-plus total showed why that wasn't the case

The fungus that floored the Aussies
The fungus that floored the Aussies

Australia's 1972 tourists were fuming after the pitch at Leeds was left bare, slow and perfectly suited to the bowling of England's Derek Underwood

Beefy's 28-ball Ashes broadside
Beefy's 28-ball Ashes broadside

Ian Botham had had a quiet match at Edgbaston in 1981, until he was summoned into the attack for one last burst at the Australians

When Laker skittled the Aussies
When Laker skittled the Aussies

Jim Laker's 19 wickets at Old Trafford in 1956 came close to being overshadowed by a row over the Old Trafford pitch

The kid who was competition to Bradman
The kid who was competition to Bradman

The player who many thought was a better batsman than the greatest of them all

The start of something very special
The start of something very special

The 16-year-old WG Grace made an impact in his very first match 150 years ago

Absent... in prison
Absent... in prison

The England allrounder who missed a summer after being sent down

Back from the dead
Back from the dead

The story of Harry Lee, an England batsman who played a Test match after being declared officially dead

The greatest over of them all?
The greatest over of them all?

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

A victory for cricket
A victory for cricket

Within days of World War II ending, England and Australia were meeting at Lord's

Greenidge's brutal assault
Greenidge's brutal assault

When Gordon Greenidge smashed a last-day double-hundred to win a Lord's Test

The earring that upset the MCC
The earring that upset the MCC

When the selection of Derek Pringle ruffled feathers

Man overboard
Man overboard

When Andrew Flintoff ended up in the ocean after a late-night drinking session