Who Am I?

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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:52 pm

As far as I am aware, India won in 71 with my last guess. In 2007 I think they won under Dhoni, but hes definately from the NE ....

Got to be Dev who won in 86?
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:52 pm

Bingo!
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:14 pm

1. I am responsible for cricketing prodigy Gary Neville choosing football, as we shared a massive stand opening the batting in a lancs league game in 1992, making the paper and altering coaches at United to the fact he was playing cricket in the summer, and ending with a contract being thrown at him to commit to football over cricket
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:37 pm

Flintoff?
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby Red Devil » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:28 am

sussexpob wrote:1. I am responsible for cricketing prodigy Gary Neville choosing football, as we shared a massive stand opening the batting in a lancs league game in 1992, making the paper and altering coaches at United to the fact he was playing cricket in the summer, and ending with a contract being thrown at him to commit to football over cricket


I thought that was Phil Neville? Either way, I won't ruin the game this early other than to say he may not be a lancastrian :D
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:51 am

Definitely Gary. Phil was apparently a blinding cricketer, in fact I think he remains the youngest player to ever represent Lancs Second XI at the age of 14, but Gary was also pretty hot and could have persued a career at county level had he wanted to. Phil though is the one that got away....I think he smashed all of Athers local school records and played in teams with Marcus Trescothick and the aforementioned Flintoff, and was seen as a complete level above. It only remained to be seen if he could handle the pressure as a professional, but then again he won the champions league, so I guess you could tick that box
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:19 am

2. As a youngster trying to establish myself in the international scene, I was quite combative and some might say aloof and arrogant, some might even say this trait stayed with me through a career of on and off field spats. In the post 1994-95 Ashes series Benson and Hedges Quad team One Day games, I would smack Glenn McGrath through backward point, before colliding with him and exchanging some nice words littered liberally with ones starting with F. The action would land us both in front of the match referee, but not really sensing the gravity of the situation, I turned up smiling and joking with my post match beer still in hand, leading Bruce Reid to ask "do you think you are on f*cking holiday"? As a result, I didnt play another international for a few years.
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:14 am

Cork?
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:48 am

Arthur Crabtree wrote:Cork?


Nope.

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Re: Who Am I?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:56 am

Only Lancs batters I can think of from that era are Fairbro and Crawley and the former was too old to bat with Neville. So Crawley? Not known for being arrogant though. Or a lifeguard.
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby The Professor » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:01 am

Matthew Hayden
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:07 am

The very man...along with Gary, the photo that blew United's top off....
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:14 am

Clue 2 was a red herring. The 1994-95 post Ashes Quad series had been scheduled before Zimbabwe's full international debut, at a time they were seen to be potentially competitive. It turned out they were anything but, and neither were England. So in order not to see Australia blaze through the series with low crowd numbers, it was decided that they would include Australia A team as a fourth team, setting up a senior v juniors tie that had the fans really excited (I think both teams breezed to the final, with the full team only hitting the winning runs on the last ball).....

So Hayden did face McGrath in that series. Apparently they are good friends, but when anyone mentions the incident, they turn into playground children again, both insisting the other initiated it.

The team-mate in clue 3 was Andrew Symonds. Who repaid he friends efforts by saying he wanted to shag his wife on national radio
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby sussexpob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:20 am

And for the record, apparently Paul Scholes was also an exceptional young cricketer. The Class of 1992 boosted England's football national team, but many had argued cricket lost 3 potentially very good future internationals to that United side. I believe all three are keen cricketing fans as well. And I know Gary Neville has credited a lot of what made him successful as a sportsman to playing in the Lancs leagues as a youngster, said nothing quite feels the same pressure as being alone batting in the middle.
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Re: Who Am I?

Postby The Professor » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:08 pm

Let's try a tricky one.

1. I was born in London in 1856
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