Saturday, 16 May 2015

17th May

120 years ago today in 1895, William Gilbert (usually referred to as WG) Grace completed  his 100th hundred for Gloucestershire when playing against near neighbours Somerset at Bristol.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest players to ever play the game, WG Grace played first class cricket for a record equalling 44 seasons where he excelled as a batsman, bowler and fielder.

As a young man he was also a 440 yard champion hurdler and also played football for The Wanderers FC. In later years he also took up golf, bowls and even curling.

 Some rare footage of the great man

When reaching his milestone of centuries, his batting partner, Charlie Townsend, said that as he approached his hundred: "This was the one and only time I ever saw him flustered..." Eventually Australian Sammy Woods bowled a full toss which Grace drove to the boundary for four, to reach his century.

Aged 46 at the start of the season, WG went on to celebrate what became known as his “Indian Summer” scoring well over 2000 runs with 9 centuries.

Other birthdays and anniversaries today include:

Former Liberal Democrat MP, voted out at the recent election, Simon Hughes (64)

Irish singer and songwriter Enya (54) ---->

2 years since US R&B singer Donna Summer passed away after suffering lung cancer.

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