Cricketers will recall that the most famous episode of Dallas was at the end of its 3rd series in 1980, which spawned the great cliffhanging mystery 'Who bowled JR?
21 million viewers in the UK tuned in to see the reviled opening bat JR Ewing, a man who never walked when he snicked it, clean bowled by a mystery bowler. Speculation ran rife throughout the 6 months and more to the start of the next series as to the bowler's identity. Bookies took bets and issued odds, T shirt were printed and there was endless speculation in the press. Everyone wanted to know 'Who bowled JR?'
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Fantasy Bob suspects that the true culprit may well have been John Shepherd, who was playing for Kent at this time. Shepherd only 5 Tests for the W Indies, taking a 5-fer in his very first match against England at Manchester in 1969, but he had a long and productive county career eventually ending up with 1157 wickets and 13359 runs. An accurate swing bowler he was capable of causing trouble for any batsman and there is no doubt in FB's mind that he would have delivered the in-swinger that did for JR.
After all, JR may not have been as great a batsman as he claimed to be. He does not feature in Wisden and the whole Ewing clan can only muster one cricketer with any Test level experience - Gavin Ewing played 3 Tests for Zimbabwe in the mid 2000s. Not much to found an empire on.