Obituary: Christopher Morris

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YOUR eloquent obituary of Christopher Morris (by Lord Annan, 1 March) made no mention of one of his most endearing attributes - his erudition extended to a vast and exact knowledge of the history of cricket, writes Jack Pole.

He had played until his fifties as a slow left-arm bowler, and I remember passing the recently erected History Building in West Road with him when he mentioned that this had been the scene of one of his best performances - 7 for 36, or something of that order; the land had previously been the site of the Caius sports field.

As one who has occasionally written on cricket, I seldom did so without checking the facts with Christopher beforehand or at least seeking his approval after publication. Once, I mentioned to him with some satisfaction that I had bought a copy of a book called A Century of Philadelphia Cricket. 'Ah,' said Christopher with his characteristic kindly pleasure in other people's successes, 'that is the best book on Philadelphia cricket'.

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