Rewind...To When A Parrot Stopped Play

Back in 1928, a parrot stopped play at Elworth Cricket Club
Back in 1928, a parrot stopped play at Elworth Cricket Club
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For this story I go back to 1928; many years before I became a member of Elworth Cricket Club. 

In those days the Club had a fixture secretary whose role was, as the title implies, to arrange friendly fixtures.
For that year's Whit Monday the secretary arranged a fixture at Upton-by-Chester, a new venue, and was planned to start before lunch. 

After the first two innings by our opponents, and one by Elworth, we were required to make 104 to win in an hour. 

This was a tough enough target, but was made nearly impossible by three separate events which occurred in quick succession.
First of all, one of Elworth's star players badly damaged his ankle and, after prolonged treatment, had to leave the crease. 

Then the whole two teams were required to chase round the field to eventually succeed in catching a large green parrot which had escaped from a nearby house. 

All this was too much for one spectator who suffered a heart attack. 

Speed, as always, was of the essence, so he was carried to the nearby hospital, once a table top had been procured. 

Did he survive? I don't know.
Too much of the hour was taken up, and Elworth finished on 44 for six.

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