So which location is likely to be less Dull or Boring for the cricketer?
While the village of Dull has an ancient history and is reputed to be the site of a monastery which in the 11th Century was the first seat of learning in Scotland. The town of Boring is of more recent origin being named after William H. Boring Civil War veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War. Its name was confirmed when a Post Office was built there in 1903.
The name Boring is of ancient origin coming to England with Normans in 1066 when they played a significant role in the Battle of Hastings. There have been several eminent holders of the name, the most prominent of whom is familiar to Fantasy Bob from his days studying psychology. Edwin Boring was Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1928 to 1949 and the author of the highly influential book The History of Experimental Psychology. Having read it, FB has to acknowledge that the name of its author was aptly given.
There is no cricketer called Boring. Nor is there any cricketer called Dull. If there were, it would be essential to get them in the same IPL team - so reporters could comment on the 100 runs scored from 40 deliveries in a dull and boring partnership.
However Boring as a name is related to a couple of other names that do mean something to cricketers. One such name is Barrington. The great Ken Barrington's Test average of 58.67 is the highest of any post-war England batsman. His game became increasingly attritional and many might have deemed him a boring batsman, but he saved England time and time again. He was never dull. A related name is Berrington - Richie Berrington is one of the brightest emerging stars of Scottish cricket. The Scottish allrounder is rarely dull or boring. But do they share some similar genetic material from 1000 years ago? What did the Borings bowl at Hastings?