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Dorking bowler David Wilcockson dies after being hit on the head during Cranleigh match

www.thisissurreytoday.co.uk A CRICKETER has died after being hit by a ball during a match.David Wilcockson, 71, was bowling for Old Dorkinians against Grafham, at their ground in Cranleigh, when a ball was hit back at him and...
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Cricket can be a Tough sport at age 71 !  :blank:
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In fact I know of a similar sad story. A retired sports journalist having worked for the Henley Standard met a few ex team mates in a Pub after years of estrangement and he was persuaded to return and play.
 
I am sure he was excited to be playing at his old Club after so many years of acrimony, and on the day he was batting and his son was umpiring. His son gave him out LBW and as he passed his Son he said, " You cannot be out LBW if the ball is pitching outside the leg stump". On his way back to the pavilion he collapsed and died either in transit to the Hospital or shortly after arriving there.
 
The news also made the National press.

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DRS would have saved his Life ???  ::redcard::
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DRS would have saved his Life ???  ::redcard::

Quite funny retort.
 
Unfortunately it was my Father-in-Law..... a good man loved all sports and reported on them all but Cricket was his thing. Shame I had asked to take him to the World Cup in South Africa but alas it was not to be.
 
In fact I have said if I scored 50+  to win the League by 1 point on the last day of the season, I then have a shower followed by a few crisp pints of Stella Artois surrounded by my family and then exit this world, I would do so the happiest man. Rather morbid I accept but true.
 
I am sure for my Brother-in-Law, those last words from his Dad would have played on his mind but I am sure his Dad would have wanted to go that way, on the field playing this magical game, if he had a choice.
 
It might be nice to extend the conversation to some personal cricketing memories.
 
I will share one...
 
On a day with the weather about and batting second, me at 3, I smashed 70 in about 40 balls or so, maybe a bit more balls cannot quite remember, to win the game and my wife who apparently was watching the game asked me, "Why are all these men shaking your hand and buying you drinks?"
 
I could have just disappeared........ I was trying to impress her as well.

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what a heartwarming story mail.
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a 71 yr old playing cricket. i still have a chance. i comin out of retirement
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At that age the fella should have someone playing hard with his ball, as oppose to playing with hard ball.
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Got hit last week on the chest...ball bounce...went thru with the shot...and then the ball arrived. Sometimes it happens. Don't duck unless absolutely necessary...cause when you duck is when you get .....
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a 71 yr old playing cricket. i still have a chance. i comin out of retirement

Well I am not quite there but I still play although 3rd -4th team cricket.
 
Not as fit and lithe as I used to be but I will play until I drop, hopefully not through being hit by a ball. I am yet to wear a helmet.
 
When I first played Club cricket the beauty was you played with a wide age group. Players coming down and going up the sides. Best education.
 
Out of retirement for you Krish.
 

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Got hit last week on the chest...ball bounce...went thru with the shot...and then the ball arrived. Sometimes it happens. Don't duck unless absolutely necessary...cause when you duck is when you get .....

Was that a beamer or bouncer?

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Was that a beamer or bouncer?

Bouncer....
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Similar stories exist in the International stage as well....
Once Upon A Time I Used to See In My Day dreams/Reverie & Night Dreams That I am Gonna Be A Legendary Cricketer One Day From Which No One Could Touch My Glory...But Now I Am Mere A Cricket Fan(Round Around The "Word" Cricket)

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On driving up to Wembley CC for a Saturday Middlesex League fixture, dreaded place to locate, we were following my friend, a Doctor, who had just acquired a blue Mercedes 180C.
 
Through dense traffic we followed this blue Merc and thought he was takinga strange route and we ended up someone drive. Only to see a panic stricken man jump out dashing for his front door assuming a car filled with 4 men were after him!!!!
 
Wrong Merc and wrong man!!!
 
Needless to say we got there late!!!!
 
Just to complete the yarn, we were inserted and when we arrived, we were two wickets down so in I went immediately. Scored a ton and I believe we won that game. No one likes playing at Wembley. An unfriendly bunch...
 

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Unfortunately it was my Father-in-Law.....
Sad story ......  :sad:

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Wrong Merc and wrong man!!!
Funny story .......... ::rofl::

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Funny story .......... ::rofl::

You would give cash to see the look on the man's face...
 
Another anecdote.
 
It was 1986, a day I will remember clearly, the day 'the hand of god' intervened and prevented England progressing in the Football World Cup of that year.
 
As a young enthusiastic good all round cricketer my skipper tossed the ball to me to open the bowling. Eager to do anything to be in the game at all times I took up the challenge.
 
I had an incredibly rapid arm but fast bowler or even opening bowler I never was. I ran in with the force of youth behind me pushing me to do my best.
 
I took a wicket and in strolled a strapping specimen of a man, all muscles standing at over 6'. I ran it and delivered a ball that bounced and hit this guy full on his bonce as he, almost in slow motion, collapsed to the floor. We all laughted for one me being able to bounce anyone and the manner in which the batsman fell suggested it was in jest!!!
 
After a few seconds we all rushed up to him only to discover there was no joke and he had to be taken off the field. luckily we were playing on Hospital facilities, Goodmyers Hospital, and he was attended to expeditiously.
 
With this worry we went to the changing rooms, on a rare hot day, only to see the hand of God followed by another magical goal by Maradona to knock us out of the World Cup.
 
Further depression set in but was soon alleviated when I saw the gentle giant I had knocked over return to the fold for a chat and a few drinks.
 
Phew....
 
 Share your stories all....

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Here's mine
 Leonard Baichan on his return from pakistan took on a coaching job in berbice and he spent a few hours with our village club one afternoon .
 Now I have a brother a year younger than myself and he fancied himself the second comming of Intikhab Alam whom he saw the previous year with the Pakistani team at the Canje welfare centre
 He refused to join the team but practices  with us every afternoon and as Baichan was  batting we all took turns bowling to him and no one could get him out.
 I was then my kid brother turn to bowl and lo and behold the ball most likely hit a crack on the pitch an   and knock the off stump
 A deathly  silence pervaded the ground for at this moment  we all knew that we will never hear the end of this 
 And so we all ended up in the village bar , Baichan had a couple and left and naturally the topic  was still about cricket , some were discussing their exploits on the cricket field  etc  .
 He just sat their listening and suddenly blurted out" I   clean bowl Baichan , what did any of of you ever done , I bowled a test batsman so the rest of you shet you rass' and with that he left
 The following week a pickup game was arranged between the married folks and single men and since my brother fame had spread far and wide and I mean within a two mile radius of the village , it went without question that he was selected .
My father was at the non striker's  end  and as he took his Inthikab run up   with a crowd of at least 10 watching his every motion, he delivered a classic longhop and I mean that it   bounced at least four times . Sunny Cox took a massive swing and missed and was clean bowled . Needless to say that my  brother got a standing ovation  .
 As Sunny Cox   was walking back to the pavillion , he muttered " de by bowled me wid  one kiss me ass long hop  and my father a man of wit and a wry sense of humour replied " Sunny dont feel too bad , dat boy planned  his delivery , he is a good bowler , last week he clean bowled test batsman Leonard Baichand.
 He lives in New  York now and he was up here for Fathers day and would you know it  , as soon as the topic turned to cricket , there he goes again us all of his famous exploit  almast four decades  later 

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He lives in New  York now and he was up here for Fathers day and would you know it  , as soon as the topic turned to cricket , there he goes again us all of his famous exploit  almast four decades  later
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Here's mine
 Leonard Baichan on his return from pakistan took on a coaching job in berbice and he spent a few hours with our village club one afternoon .
 Now I have a brother a year younger than myself and he fancied himself the second comming of Intikhab Alam whom he saw the previous year with the Pakistani team at the Canje welfare centre
 He refused to join the team but practices  with us every afternoon and as Baichan was  batting we all took turns bowling to him and no one could get him out.
 I was then my kid brother turn to bowl and lo and behold the ball most likely hit a crack on the pitch an   and knock the off stump
 A deathly  silence pervaded the ground for at this moment  we all knew that we will never hear the end of this 
 And so we all ended up in the village bar , Baichan had a couple and left and naturally the topic  was still about cricket , some were discussing their exploits on the cricket field  etc  .
 He just sat their listening and suddenly blurted out" I   clean bowl Baichan , what did any of of you ever done , I bowled a test batsman so the rest of you shet you rass' and with that he left
 The following week a pickup game was arranged between the married folks and single men and since my brother fame had spread far and wide and I mean within a two mile radius of the village , it went without question that he was selected .
My father was at the non striker's  end  and as he took his Inthikab run up   with a crowd of at least 10 watching his every motion, he delivered a classic longhop and I mean that it   bounced at least four times . Sunny Cox took a massive swing and missed and was clean bowled . Needless to say that my  brother got a standing ovation  .
 As Sunny Cox   was walking back to the pavillion , he muttered " de by bowled me wid  one kiss me ass long hop  and my father a man of wit and a wry sense of humour replied " Sunny dont feel too bad , dat boy planned  his delivery , he is a good bowler , last week he clean bowled test batsman Leonard Baichand.
 He lives in New  York now and he was up here for Fathers day and would you know it  , as soon as the topic turned to cricket , there he goes again us all of his famous exploit  almast four decades  later

 
Nice story Kwams...
 
That is pure gold and makes for a good conversation overa  few beers.
 
I do recall playing a game made up of boys from the area and there was no shortage of volunteers. A left handed lad called Kurt was batting and failed to capitalise ona bad ball altough he cantered through for a single.
 
In frustration he shadowed the shot he should have played, which was a pull, as I passed and hit me smack of the left side of my face.
 
I did see stars and all shades and hues of strange floating objects I have never seen since. Thankfully.
 
 

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whoaaaaaaaaaaa that must of hurt
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whoaaaaaaaaaaa that must of hurt

Ahhhhhh. He went full swing and only God knows how nothing was broken.
 
Kurt just looked at me in shock. What a freak accident.... Needless to say I survived.

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and we here on this forum are thankful
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fuh wah?

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fuh you? ::rofl:: ::rofl::
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