Cricket T-shirt competition

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We were supposed to tell you about this competition a few weeks ago, but basically forgot about it.

Philosophy Football have launched a philosophy cricket range starting with the words of CB Fry.

T-shirt with cricket quote

CB Fry captained Sussex and England; played football for Southampton, Portsmouth and England; equalled the world record for the long jump; was one of the great cricket writers; stood for Parliament; and could jump backwards onto a mantlepiece from a standing start. He was also offerered the throne of Albania. Quite a man.

The T-shirt is available from but there are five to win in what Philosophy Football had branded their ‘Lord’s Test competition’ thinking that we might have put this up sooner. It’s open until the 31st of July though, so you can still enter.

Name the bowler who took 8 for 43 at the 1981 Headingley Ashes Test

Email your answer with name, address and preferred T-shirt size to


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


Why risk it when it's so easy to sign up?


  1. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. The tee-shirt is to be mine. All mine.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  2. Who is this C.B. Fry anyway, does he work for Sky? Don’t they do shirts with quotes from people who really know about cricket, like maybe Charles Colville?

  3. I have evidence that CB Fry’s backwards mantlepiece record has been tackled by the Aussies – tiny but perfectly formed Hughes will not open the batting on Thursday but is now an objet d’art on Bob Willis’s mantlepiece

  4. I am interested in this backwards jumping thing. Are you supposed to be trying land on your ass or on your feet?

  5. I forgot about the mantelpiece thing! One of my old French teachers could jump over a hockey stick forwards and then backwards _without_changing_his_grip_. Many of us tried; many of us hurt afterwards.

    Also, I believe CB features on Stephen Fry’s family tree.

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