WELNEY: Cricket stars celebrate 85th anniversary of Blows brothers bowling opponents for nought

Story by: ADAM LAZZARI EIGHTY five years ago two Fenland brothers achieved the ultimate cricketing feat of bowling their opponents for naught. Now decades later their phenomenal achievement was celebrated by two stars of the cricket world. Former Englan

Story by: ADAM LAZZARI

EIGHTY five years ago two Fenland brothers achieved the ultimate cricketing feat of bowling their opponents for naught.

Now decades later their phenomenal achievement was celebrated by two stars of the cricket world.

Former England Test cricketer Devon Malcolm and England ladies' cricket captain and the International Cricket Council's Cricketer of the Year Charlotte Edwards came to the Lamb and Flag pub in Welney.


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They unveiled a special cabinet displaying memorabilia from the day on June 16, 1923 when Welney Croft Cricket Club made national headlines after Ernie and John Blows bowled Friday Bridge out for nought in just 28 balls.

Ernie, who died in 1975, took six wickets in the match, and John, who died in 1949, took four.

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The cabinet was made by local carpenter Steve Kerr and displays the match ball, club minutes, photographs from the 1923 Daily Mirror and the Blows brothers' medals.

Club secretary and treasurer Tony Smart said: "The cabinet was the idea of the Lamb and Flag's landlord Dennis Birch and a few locals from the pub.

"Now future generations will be able to come and learn about this wonderful achievement of two Welney brothers.

"I can't imagine that it will be achieved again in these parts in my lifetime."

The Welney club held their annual presentation awards ceremony on the same night.

Award winners were: Stephen Revett (cricketer of the year), Sean Goodger (best batting and bowling average), Neil Parkinson (best catching), Ashley Inwood (best fielding) and Duncan Hobbs (captain's award).

The evening ended with a question and answer session with Malcolm and Edwards.

Mr Smart said: "We are delighted that Devon and Charlotte accepted our invitation to come along, and they went down really well. Devon can talk for hours.

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