Cricket enthusiasts with a particular interest in the history of the game will be in for a treat if they attend Worcestershire Cricket Sociey's monthly meeting at New Road next Tuesday (7.30pm start).
Grahame Lloyd will discuss his latest book, Howzat?The Six Sixes Ball Mystery, the sequel to Six of the Best: Cricket’s Most Famous Over, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Garry Sobers hitting Malcolm Nash for six sixes off six balls for the first time in the history of the game at Swansea in 1968.
Controversy now surrounds the authenticity of the ball sold by Christie’s for £26,4000 that was supposedly used in the over.
Grahame will explain his 18-month investigation into how a Duke could have been masquerading as a Stuart Surridge and then interview John Parkin, the Nottinghamshire batsman who was standing at the other end during the famous over.
The tour by Grahame and John has so far visited Liverpool, Cheltenham, Chester-le-Street, Richmond, Wombwell, near Barnsley, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Needwood-under Barton, near Burton on Trent, and Whaley Bridge and met with a favourable response.
“Thanks for an excellent night – really was enjoyable and fascinating and I'm certain all the members there found it absorbing.” – Mick Pope, Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society.
“Your presentation and talk were fascinating and entertaining in equal measure, and were thoroughly well received by our members.The two evenings were a sort of “whodunnit” and, although cricket was the central theme, represented a refreshing change from the normal pattern of cricket society events.” – David Sleight, Cricket Society of Scotland.
“We enjoyed the evening very much and thought your presentation was most interesting and extremely well delivered.” – Bob Wood, High Peak Cricket Society.
The admission fee for non Society members is £3 and mince pies will be served in what is the last meeting before Christmas.