Mark Davies materialises

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Mark Davies - now available with ghost hairWe’ve always liked Mark Davies. He was like the invisible man that only we could see. If he wasn’t injured, he’d be there, chipping away for Durham, taking 2-30 or 3-45 – nondescript-yet-efficient bowling figures that kept his first-class average surprisingly low. It was 22.63 before this match.

But now Mark Davies isn’t the invisible man that only we can see, because he’s just ripped Lancashire a new one by taking 7-33.

Now the only invisible man that only we can see is Karl the Scary Skeleton who lives in the front bedroom. Hello Karl. What are you waving at us today? Why it’s a pair of human feet. Time to get back in the drawer, Karl. In you go.

We said Mark Davies would be one to watch in 2006 and in 2007 and he was either injured or not selected. This season, we thought that he wouldn’t get many games, so we went for Liam Plunkett instead.

Liam Plunkett is injured. Mark Davies is playing and it seems we should have been watching him in 2008 as well. Once again, some sort of message is being transmitted to us. It’s something about how we shouldn’t bother trying to do anything ever. We get similar messages remarkably frequently.

13 comments

  1. What is it with invisible men today?

    James Tomlinson took 8-46 for Hants, down at Taunton.

    He doesn’t average 22odd though.

  2. I do believe Jimmy Anderson has taken offence at some invisible man ripping it on his turf – he now has 4 for 17….. I can see supporting Durham this year is going to be the death of my fingernails

  3. Former invisible man Ryan Sidebottom currently has a frankly ridiculous 4-2-2-3 against a Rob Key-less Kent at the moment. I hope the Kiwis are paying attention.

  4. Davies’ record is quite bizarre – an average below 23, but only 3.3 wickets per match. He’s either underbowled or has no stamina.

  5. Everyone’s kind of glossing over the whole invisible skeleton thing.

    It’s almost like you’re not afraid of Karl.

  6. I don’t see how we could be anything less than terrified of Karl the Invisible Skeleton. I mean, he could be standing right behind me and I’d never know!

  7. Dave, it’s all right, he’s not behind you. He’s behind David.

    He’s looking at David’s feet longingly.

  8. Looks like my decision to abbreviate my name has saved me, then. I knew it would come in handy eventually.

  9. Think Karl is materialising and the human feet are in fact his own. You’ll probably find him brandishing a spleen or a buttock tomorrow – should think by the end of the first test he should be reasonably fleshy

  10. Nice to see Mr Davies back and fighting fit after a bad spell of injuries! The fact he’s cute too is another matter…

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