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Ian Dunn
1289466.  Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:01 am Reply with quote

The set that was built in the disastrous BBC soap opera Eldorado is now used by paintballers. It also had very echoey acoustics meanign the sound quality was terrible. The set cost 2,000,000 to make.

Sources: The Guardian and Dave James

Ian Dunn
1312531.  Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:43 am Reply with quote

Major Edward Stanley has what must be the worst record in all of cricket. He played in only one country cricket match, playing for Somerset against Lancashire. During the match he didn't bowl once, batted at No. 11, retired hurt after two balls in the first innings and getting a golden duck in the second innings. Thus he got no runs and no wickets in his only major game (although he did also play at club level).

Source: Wikipedia (most sources in the article need a subscription to archives.)

1312555.  Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:09 pm Reply with quote

That one doesn't really mean very much, does it? Somerset had turned up with ten players, and filled their team up with a guy who was probably a friend of a friend, and who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Major Stanley can't have been a rubbish cricketer. We are told that he played plenty of club cricket, and they'd just have played with ten if they hadn't been able to find anyone with any kind of cricketing experience.

The first England team to play test matches in South Africa, early in 1889, was deliberately not especially strong. The tour was privately arranged by an Englishman named Robert Warton who was serving in South Africa with the Army. By his own admission he wasn't much of a player, so he umpired the two test matches - they didn't bother sending for members of the elite panel.

Major Warton had a limited budget, so there were only five professionals in his squad. Otherwise there were some good amateurs, some OK amateurs who knew the right people (and, in most cases, were in the Army), and some hangers on.

The touring squad included a Scottish comedian who had apparently never played cricket in his life, and was only on the trip because he was a decent chap who knew some funny stories (and was in a position to pay his own way). Even so, he played in at least one of the lesser games on the tour.

Emile McMaster was a bit better than that. He was an Irishman who had gone to Harrow, although he wasn't a good enough schoolboy player to be picked for Eton Match. He never played university cricket, county cricket, or any club cricket of which records have survived - but even so, he played in the Second Test Match on that trip.

England won by an innings, which was down to two things. For one, South Africa weren't much good. For two, one of England's professionals, a fellow named Johnny Briggs who played for Lancashire, was quite good.

But it wasn't down to Mr J E P McMaster. He batted number nine in England's innings and was out first ball, and he did not bowl or take a catch.


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