We all know that the practice of running out batsmen who are backing
up too far and too early originated with Vinoo Mankad, don't we? After
all, that's why it's *called* 'mankading', innit?
Except that it didn't.
The incident with Mankad and Bill Brown occurred in 1947, and I've
found some earlier references.
IAR Peebles was playing for Middx against Yorks at Bradford in 1929
when Wilfred Rhodes had a little word with him at the end of an over:
"You're backing oop a bit too soon, Mr Peebles, so you won't mind if
we roon you out, will you?"
However, in 1898 a Parsee gentleman by the name of ME Pavri spent the
summer in England playing for Forest Hill CC and Surrey Club & Ground
(for further details of his career back home, see Sadiq). In a game at
Bournemouth, Pavri warned the batsman at his end that he was backing
up too far, but the batsman ignored the warning. Pavri put the wicket
down and the umpire gave it not out - except that Pavri immediately
produced a copy of the Laws from his back pocket, and showed the
relevant section to the umpire who hastily changed his mind.