just came across this ..... and thought of sharing ......
(Incident described in "From the Pavilion End" by Harold "****ie" Bird)
"Bomber" Wells, a spin bowler and great character, played for
Glocuestershire and Nottinghamshire. He used to bat at No.11 since one
couldn't bat any lower. Of him, they used to paraphrase Compton's famous
words describing an equally inept runner; "When he shouts 'YES' for a run,
it is merely the basis for further negotiations!" Incidentally, Compton was
no better. John Warr said, of Compton "He was the only person who would call
you for a run and wish you luck at the same time." Anyway, when Wells played
for Gloucs, he had an equally horrendous runner as the No.10. During a
county match, horror of horrors.......both got injured.
*Both* opted for runners when it was their turn to bat.
Bomber played a ball on the off, called for a run, forgot he had a runner
and ran himself. Ditto at the other end. In the melee, someone decided that
a second run was on. Now we had *all four* running. Due to the confusion and
constant shouts of "YES" "NO", eventually, *all* of them ran to the same
Note - at this point in time, the entire ground is rolling on the floor
laughing their behinds out. One of the fielders - brave lad - stops laughing
for a minute, picks the ball and throws down the wicket at the other end.
Umpire Alec Skelding looks very seriously at the four and calmly informs
them "One of you buggers is out. I don't know which. *You* decide and inform
the bloody scorers!".