Q&A: Cricket's ultimate fair-weather fan

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Q. In a run of 22 games to the end of November watching my team, Grimsby Town, play, I saw only one win. Even that single victory was on the day we were relegated to the Second Division. These trips resulted in travelling 3,500 miles over a season and a half. Can anybody match this dismal record?

A. In my cricket-watching travels I have two very long records, indeed, but neither of them dismal. Until last year I had never seen Somerset lose; in 1997 they lost four of the five games I watched. More remarkably, I have watched England and Australia doing battle 22 times over the years, in both Test matches and one-day internationals, and have yet to see the Australians win. Perhaps the England team should take me with them as Official Spectator Down Under next winter.

David Seymour, London SE4

A. Every time I go and see my local Football League side play, which is about 10 times a season, they fail to win. But then again this probably does not count, seeing as I live in Doncaster.

T Williams, Doncaster

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If you know the answers to any of these questions or have a sporting question of your own, write to Q&A, Sports Desk, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Fax: 0171-293 2894.

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