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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Bearded Wonder

Tonight I went to a talk by the Bearded Wonder. Who, do you ask? If you don't know then it says that you are not a longstanding listener to BBC radio Test Match commentaries.

The soubriquet is that of Dr W H (Bill) Frindall MBE, the celebrated cricket statistician. His talk focused on the lighter side of his career, not on some of the controversial aspects outlined in his Wikipedia entry . He related many anecdotes (some old, some new) interleafed with appraisals and excellent impersonations of some fellow commentators eg John Arlott, Brian Johnston, Jim Laker*, Fred Trueman and Alan McGilvray*. Those marked with an asterisk were treated less reverentially than they'd have liked.

The Bearded wonder looked and sounded in very good nick. An entertaining and informative evening, as, I should add was the one a couple of weeks ago with Aggers aka Jonathon Agnew , but about which I didn't post.

[Note: Wikipedia links accessed 21 November 2006]

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