Cricket: McLean makes sparks fly
Sunday 28 June 1998
The West Indian had figures of 21 for one after just four legitimate deliveries, as his first over included a no-ball and three wides, two of which hurtled past the startled wicketkeeper Adrian Aymes for boundaries, each adding six to the score.
McLean regained some pride and poise by yorking Piran Holloway for a duck with his third legal delivery, but then Richard Harden decided to join in the merriment by lashing McLean to the boundary.
After that hectic start the game, almost inevitably, had to settle down, but not before McLean gained some measure of revenge on Harden by dismissing him with a vicious lifting ball that the Somerset batsman could only fend into the hands of the waiting Giles White.
Experience was called for, and Mark Lathwell arrived at the crease to steady things, helping his captain Peter Bowler - who had watched bemused from the other end as the action unfolded - justify his decision to bat.
The calm partnership of 132 that unfolded enabled Bowler to enjoy the best day of a so far frustrating season as his side finished the day on a healthy 245 for 4, with the captain unbeaten on 85.
Timing the ball exquisitely, Lathwell reached a half-century off 84 balls, with seven fours, and had added four more boundaries by the time he fell to a loose shot, caught at square leg off Dimitri Mascarenhas. He was replaced by Keith Parsons, who like Bowler had been short of runs, went on to reach 58 before falling lbw to seamer Kevan James.
At Canterbury, Kent's mixture of youth and experience struggled against Oxford University, with the students enjoying the best of a rain-shortened day after putting their County opponents in to bat.
The Dark Blues' captain Jim Fulton decision was fully justified by his team's performance in the field, a tight, accurate display restricting Kent to 169 for seven from 53 overs in the student's last work-out before next week's Varsity Match at Lord's.
The elements also undid the England fast bowler Darren Gough, who had been hoping for a vigorous work-out after his lay-off with a broken finger. There was no play at Headingley where Yorkshire should have been playing Cambridge University, costing Gough valuable bowling time before next week's third Test at Old Trafford.
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance
Actress sees off speculation about her face in an amazing way
Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Daley Blind admits United must 'play our best game' to get a result at Old Trafford
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 As an ex prostitute, I urge all the political parties to commit to the Sex Buyer Law
- 2 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 3 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
£70 - £85 per day: Randstad Education Group: SEN Teaching Assistants needed in...
£21500 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education ar...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A highly successful and w...
£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...