View Full Version : Obscure fact of the day

April 23, 2012, 11:55 PM
Royal hattrick:

King George VI, who was played by Colin Firth for an Oscar winning role in The King's Speech (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King%27s_Speech), "managed one of the most illustrious hat-tricks of all time" (ESPNCricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/534448.html)).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b8/King_George_VI_of_England%2C_formal_photo_portrait %2C_circa_1940-1946.jpg/220px-King_George_VI_of_England%2C_formal_photo_portrait %2C_circa_1940-1946.jpg

Wisden 1953 writes:

"When Prince Albert, he performed the hat-trick on the private ground on the slopes below Windsor Castle, where the sons and grandsons of Edward VII used to play regularly. A left-handed batsman and bowler, the King bowled King Edward VII, King George V and the present Duke of Windsor in three consecutive balls, thus proving himself the best Royal cricketer since Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1751, took a keen interest in the game."

April 24, 2012, 03:09 PM
Obscure thread of the month. j/k ;)