This blog is 5 years young today.
This is the 1012th post.
This is significantly above the combined total of runs and wickets that Fantasy Bob has scored over the same period. It is by some margin below the number of empire biscuits that he has consumed in that time. It is hugely below the number of references to Gustav Mahler included in FB's match reports for the 4th XI of go ahead Edinburgh cricket club Carlton. Gustav Mahler has made no appearances for that team in this - or any other period.
Fantasy Bob apologises to any of the faithful worldwide readers who may unwisely or inadvertently have read all 1011 up till now deserve something for their pains. They could justifiably have hoped for a new joke at some point on that journey.
In the life of this blog England have won the Ashes 3 times, Australia once. By some strange coincidence this is the same outcome as during FB's own first 5 years on the planet (not that he was paying much attention to Ashes series during those years). It was repeated between 1977 and 1982.
Many great cricketers have passed on in those years - not least Brian Close who sadly died today. Close was an early cricketing hero of FB. It should come as no surprise to his handful of readers that FB modelled his career on Close. Obviously, he was rather hamstrung by the lack of all round cricketing ability. Nor could he ruthlessly apply tough as nails tactical awareness to deliver results. But he could match his hero in the area of hair loss.
|Brian Close CBE|
A fifth anniversary is generally held by those who know or care about these things to be the wooden anniversary. A cricket bat is therefore an appropriate anniversary present.