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1998

The gloves are off

The showdown between Allan Donald and Michael Atherton at Trent Bridge in 1998 was brutal and engrossing

1950

'It was just one of those days'

In the Test Trial of 1950 Jim Laker, who had been rejected by Yorkshire, returned to his home of Bradford and took the remarkable figures of 8 for 2

Bill Edrich and Denis Compton on their way out to bat against Sussex

The summer of a man's life

The summer of 1947 was the zenith for the County Championship, and of Denis Compton and Bill Edrich

Sunil Gavaskar raises a stump after India's unsuccessful run chase

1979

When Sunny made 438 look gettable

Had India pulled off a remarkable victory at The Oval in 1979, Sunil Gavaskar's 221 would be up there as the greatest Test innings

Oval groundsman Bosser Martin poses with his four-ton roller

The Oval grind of 1938

Playing a Test to the finish, however long that might take, seemed a good idea once upon a time. But a 900-plus total showed why that wasn't the case

Derek Underwood looks at photographs of his ten wickets

1972

The fungus that floored the Aussies

Australia's 1972 tourists were fuming after the pitch at Leeds was left bare, slow and perfectly suited to the bowling of England's Derek Underwood

Ian Botham races back to the pavilion with a souvenir stump

1981

Beefy's 28-ball Ashes broadside

Ian Botham had had a quiet match at Edgbaston in 1981, until he was summoned into the attack for one last burst at the Australians

Jim Laker walks back after taking all ten wickets

1956

When Laker skittled the Aussies

Jim Laker's 19 wickets at Old Trafford in 1956 came close to being overshadowed by a row over the Old Trafford pitch