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Today is a story for fathers and sons,
Who came to see wickets but are just getting runs,
If they do it, and right now it looks as they may,
Forever the fathers will talk of this day.

When England are playing and scoring this well,
A message will come ‘It’s like that day with Bell’,
If another are struggling in the field in a test,
‘We saw worse at Tunbridge Wells, give it a rest’,

All the records are special, because they’re unique,
They come once in a lifetime, not once in a week,
And if Warwickshire do it, and it looks as they may,
I’ll be one of 10,000 here today.

They didn’t do it, of course. Ian Bell was out for 172, and it all went downhill from there. It looked like they might for a time.

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He Scores A Lot of Runs In The One Day Game.

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“He scores a lot of runs in the one day game”
To be damned by real praise,
As if runs gain importance,
If they’re scored across two days.

“He scores a lot of runs in the one day game”
He won’t score none today,
Shots like that don’t work out here,
He’s out now anyway.

“He scores a lot of runs in the one day game”
Is that against the law?
As though anyone with bat in hand
Can choose the runs they score.

This was a statement I overheard, possibly about Heino Kuhn.

The Instant Death of Henry Brookes

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I was there when Henry Brookes,
Beat Heino Kuhn for pace.
I was there with pure surprise,
Writ large upon my face.

I was there when Henry Brookes,
Made Heino play and miss,
I was there although I know,
I hadn’t banked on this.

I was there when Henry Brookes,
Made Heino man from God,
And Warwickshire made note of this,
With first appeal then nod.

I was there when Heino Kuhn,
Smoked Henry Brookes for four,
And I was there as Henry Brookes,
Became a threat no more.

I was there when Heino Kuhn,
Got trapped back on his crease,
And Hannon-Dalby got his man,
The ending of the piece.