288. England Cricket, Champions

As the English cricket team prepare to fly home to face their media, renowned for their fair play and moderate comment, I’ve come up with the perfect riposte for coach Peter Moores and captain Eoin Morgan:

We looked at the data and what ho, we’re still the reigning Olympic cricket champions.

Cricket_1900Of course the one and only appearance of cricket at an Olympics was back in 1900 in Paris. And there were only two teams in the competition, because Belgium and the Netherlands failed to turn up. Which just left England and … France.

In reality the French team were a group of expatriate Poms living in Paris, mainly from the British Embassy.

The English team were actually the Devon and Somerset Wanderers and, of course, were representing Great Britain. Anyway.

Devon and Somerset/England/Great Britain batted first, making 117, and then bowled out British Embassy/France for 78. In the second innings, Devon etc declared at 145 for 5, setting the diplomats a target of 185. They were bowled out for 26, giving Great Britain the win by 158 runs.

For the extra points in your pub quiz, you should be able to note that at the time Britain was awarded a silver medal, and France the bronze. It was only in 1912 that the medals were upgraded to gold and silver respectively.



About Ned Davy

By hokey, the big fella’s tipped into his 50s. A rangy loose forward in his prime, good with the ball in hand, but rarely up with the play any more.
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