Saturday, March 12, 2011

Trivial Fact of the Day with H.G. Wells

There was an article on H.G. Wells by David Lodge in the Guardian this morning, which mentioned Moura Budberg, but this is even more interesting.

Joseph Wells, the father of the writer, played cricket for Kent. He made only eight appearances for the county - according to the Wikipedia entry for H.G. Wells, his career was cut short by a broken thigh - but in that time he became the first man to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in first-class cricket.

And according to the British Listed Buildings entry for the former cricket ball factory in the grounds of the Paddocks at Leigh in Kent, the Wells were cousins of the Duke family. Duke cricket balls are still used in England's home test matches.

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