I know nothing about Cricket at all. I played one game at school, was out LBW with a huge bruise on my shin, never went back. I watched a game live once, and was sunburnt. Sometimes it is on TV, and I fall asleep.
I found this little piece and extracted some facts about my new landlord, Bill Apted.
The brothers Apted – Bill and Harry, both still alive and well in
retirement in Suva today, were the opening batting partnership for Fiji
on tours of New Zealand and Australia in the 1950s.
Bill Apted’s 102 runs against Canterbury on the Fiji tour of New
Zealand in 1953 was the first century ever made by a Fiji player in a
first class match. Amazingly, this score was matched by Ilikena Bula
later in the same game! For the record, Canterbury won this three-day
game by two wickets.
In summing up the 17-game tour, the New Zealand media reported that
"Fiji was well served by the openers, the Apted brothers, who were as
good a pair as to be found in any of the provincial sides that they
opposed. Bill Apted headed the batting averages and scored most
consistently, severe on all bowlers and is to be commended for his
accurate placements and strong leg-shots. The pair put on century
partnerships against some of New Zealand’s strongest sides."
I just thought that might make a change from from the usual bleating…