Plays cricket at Lord’s and speaks in the Long Room

By Mark Tomkinson
Thursday 22nd July 2010

Bob achieved a lifelong ambition when he played cricket on the main ground at Lord's to celebrate the Lord's Taverners Diamond Jubilee. A six-team 8-a-side tournament included such cricketing legends as Mike Gatting and John Emburey along with film director Sam Mendes. Bob had retired from village cricket in September where he had skippered the Sunday 1st XI for many years. Consequently he had not picked up a cricket ball since then. It showed in his first over which went for 25 and cost his side the game. Two games later he bowled again. With his third ball he beat the bat of Sam Mendes and the batsmen ran a bye. The next three balls all beat the beat with the last one producing a stumping. "If that is the last ball I ever bowl" said Bob "I'll always be able to say with my last ball I took a wicket at Lord's!"

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Grumpy old goalies


Bob 'The Cat' Bevan