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Q. Has any British sportsman apart from Vinnie Jones made a successful transition from playing field to silver screen?

A. Perhaps the most famous of the cricketers who had a distinguished career in the cinema was Sir Charles Aubrey Smith (1863-1948). A fast bowler known as "Round the Corner" Smith because of his run-up, he played for Cambridge University, Sussex and Transvaal. In his only Test he captained England in the first Test v South Africa on the 1888-89 tour of that country. In the 1930s he became a star in Hollywood (where he did much to establish cricket), appearing in such films as The Prisoner of Zenda and The Four Feathers.

Clive Porter, Maidstone

Q. Can any current footballer beat Dean Saunders's record of 10 clubs during his career?

A. The goalkeeper Bobby Mimms, who is eight months older than Saunders, began his career with Rotherham United in 1981-82, two seasons before Saunders made his league debut. He has subsequently played for Everton, Notts County (loan), Sunderland (loan), Blackburn Rovers (loan), Manchester City (loan), Tottenham Hotspur, Aberdeen (loan), Blackburn (again), Crystal Palace, Preston NE, Rotherham Utd (again) and now York City (his home- town club). This is a total of 11 different clubs, including the four he played for only on loan, but he also had two separate spells with two clubs.

Andrew Kirkham, Knaresborough


Q. Looking at the form of Alan Shearer on his return from his 1997 injury and that of Paul Gascoigne, are there any examples of footballers returning from a long-term injury and becoming a better player, or does it automatically mean their best days are over?

Adrian Boyes Cheltenham

Q. With the end of the Championship, has first-class cricket ever been played later than mid-September in the UK?

Tim Mickleburgh, Grimsby