• Short Summary

    EVER SINCE CRICKET HAS BEEN PLAYED IN ENGLAND, RAIN HAS BEEN THE SCOURGE OF VISITING TEAMS.

  • Description

    EVER SINCE CRICKET HAS BEEN PLAYED IN ENGLAND, RAIN HAS BEEN THE SCOURGE OF VISITING TEAMS. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WAS NO EXCEPTION WHEN THE WEST INDIANS OPENED THEIR 1966 FIRST-CLASS TOUR AGAINST WORCESTERSHIRE, THE COUNTY CHAMPIONS, AT WORCESTER. EIGHT OVERS WAS ALL THAT WAS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE HEAVENS OPENED UP AND DROVE THE PLAYERS FROM THE FIELD FOR THE DAY.

    AT LEAST, PLAY BEGAN ON TIME. BUT DARK CLOUDS WERE BANKING UP IN THE WEST AND THE AIR WAS CHILLY AS THE WEST INDIANS WALKED OUT FOLLOWED BY THE WORCESTERSHIRE OPENERS, SKIPPER DON KENYON AND RON HEADLEY.

    BIG WES HALL FIRED THE OPENING SALVO, BUT IT WAS OFF TARGET AND KENYON OFFERED NO SHOT. WITH ONLY THE FIRST BALL BOWLED, HALL WAS ALREADY POLISHING IT -- A PRACTICE WHICH HAS BEEN BANNED IN COUNTRY MATCHES, ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT APPLY TO VISITING TEAMS.

    GARY SOBERS, THE WEST INDIAN CAPTAIN, OPENED FROM THE OTHER END AND CONCEDED THE FIRST BOUNDARY OF THE TOUR WHEN KENYON SLASHED AT A BALL OUTSIDE THE OFF STUMP. DRIZZLE SET IN AS HALL BOWLED TO HEADLEY, HIMSELF A WEST INDIAN AND SON OF THE FAMOUS BATSMAN, WHO CUT HIM FOR 2.

    SOBERS DREW THE FIRST BLOOD FOR THE TOURISTS WHEN HE HAD KENYON, WHO IS AN ENGLAND SELECTOR, CAUGHT BEHIND FOR 4 BY JACKIE HENDRIKS, WHO IS MAKING HIS FIRST TOUR OF ENGLAND. BUT NOT LONG AFTERWARDS, DOWN CAME THE RAIN AND THE PLAYERS RETREATED WITH THE COUNTY CHAMPIONS 37 FOR 1.

    (IRONICALLY, THE WEST INDIANS PLAYED THEIR FIRST MATCH IN DAZZLING SPRING SUNSHINE LAST SATURDAY. IT WAS THE TRADITIONAL ONE-DAY GAME AGAINST THE DUKE OF NORFOLK'S ELEVEN, WHICH IS NOT CLASSIFIED AS A FIRST-CLASS FIXTURE -- SEE PRODUCTION NUMBER 4181/66 (30 APRIL).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7SVUB8Z8ERUW61S40VRPJ4D6O
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SVUB8Z8ERUW61S40VRPJ4D6O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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