When the third Test began at Old Trafford on Thursday, Gower and his colleagues were caught in a Sohail storm, as Pakistan's left-handed opening bat scored a double-century to put his side in command.
At Wimbledon another sinister character of the over-30 vintage, John McEnroe, was making sublime, if sullen progress to the the semi-finals of the men's singles.
Another man of the left, Goran Ivanisevic, produced a strafing-run of aces to reach the same stage, putting out the former champion, Stefan Edberg, in the quarter-finals.
Monica Seles provided another boost for the left by reaching today's women's singles final where she will meet Steffi Graf, who will represent the interests of the right.
The sounds of Seles brought a protest from Natalie Tauziat during their quarter-final match, but it fell on deaf ears. Afterwards the French woman complained that she could not hear the ball.
Denmark provide a fairytale end to the football season by beating Germany, the world champions, in the European Championship final in Gothenburg.
In rugby league, Great Britain's hopes of a first series win against Australia in 22 years are dashed as they are beaten 16-10 in the third Test yesterday.Reuse content