He hated a dull finish, the formal declaration, the expected stroke, the workaday
over. He rescued treasures of cricket from dust and oblivion, snatched off the covering,
and showed them to an astonished and delighted public. He would declare an innings
closed with an abruptness which threatened committee men with heart failure.
R C Robertson-Glasgow on Percy Fender, scorer of the fastest first class century
Between overs and at intervals I kept my concentration by thinking about things like
mowing the lawn.
Tim Robinson, English batsman on his 175 against Australia
I walk, because, you know when you have hit the ball, if you don’t, its cheating.
I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. It doesn't worry me in the least
to see a batsman hurt, rolling around screaming and blood on the pitch.
My name is Herbert bloody Toft.
H B Toft explaining how he acquired his initials.
Denis Compton was the only player to call his partner for a run and wish him good
luck at the same time.
I had the feeling that if Goebbels had been able to broadcast that the war had stopped
cricket at Lords it would have been valuable propaganda for the Germans.
Sir Pelham Warner
When there’s a hosepipe ban covering three quarters of the country you do not expect
a damp wicket at Lords.
Bob Willis, explaining away Warwickshire’s defeat in the Benson & Hedges Cup Final.
Cold stopped play.
Historic entry in Wisden. Cambridge University v Essex at Fenners, played April 22-24,
I don’t want to speak to you Mr Warner. Of two teams out there one is playing cricket,
the other is making no effort to play the game of cricket.
Bill Woodfull, Australian captain’s reply to Plum Warner, on Bodyline tactics 1932.