Gubby Allen handling the ball incident

Gubby Allen handling the ball incident

Post by CiL » Mon, 18 Oct 2004 22:28:15

From a writeup on Miller by David Frith

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He remains deeply amused by Gubby Allen's dismissal "handled the ball"
in a 1945 friendly at Lord's between the RAAF and the South of
England. Not many people, he says, know the exact circumstances of
that incident: "I was fielding near where the Warner Stand is now.
Gubby played the ball from Mick Roper into the base of the stumps. In
those days the bail only had to be dislodged. Well, it came out of the
groove and just rested on top of the stump, and Gubby just tossed the
ball back. Mick appealed - for bowled. But the umpire, Archie Fowler,
gave him out for handling the ball! Gubby stormed off, and our
captain, Keith Carmody, yelled out to me to call him back. But Gubby
is fuming! 'I will not!' he barked. It still rankled with him 40 years
later!"
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