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Cricket stories appeal to fans


KENT’S association with cricket is almost as long the game’s history. And few sports have had more


books written on them than cricket. Now another one, At OddsWith Authority, written by Bearsted’s Ian Lambert has cap- tured in one place short stories, vi- gnettes, jokes and recollections about the Kent game. The author – a


fine club opening batsman with Bearsted in his day – drew on sources far and wide for his material. Mr Lambert, of Roseacre Lane, in-


cludes the story of the former Kent batsman-turned umpire Arthur Fagg who refused to retake the field at Edgbaston after being on the end of abuse from West Indies captain Rohan Kanhai in 1973. It followed a decision not to give Geoffrey Boycott out and, subse- quently, for commentator John Ar- lott to observe wryly that "Arthur Fagg is better than none". Former chartered civil engineer


Mr Lambert recalls how the suffra- gette movement burnt down the cricket pavilion in TunbridgeWells for excluding women. Amembersaid ladieswere indeed


welcomed into the clubhouse – to make the tea. Mr Lambert said: “I don’t write


books for the money – I do it for the fun and because it’s interesting. “At OddsWith Authority is a col-


lection of light-hearted short stories of varying lengths which have a Kent element to them. It’s not meant to be an expose.” The book helps chart how the county game was once played at eight or more towns in the season but is now just two or three. It is not the first time thatMrLam-


bert has written a sporting book, having previously charted the highs and lows of Bearsted Football Club. He played a few games with the MaidstoneUnited reserveswhenthe clubwas based in London Road. “A History of Bearsted Football


Club” charted the progress of the club since its formation in 1895. At Odds With Authority is avail- able to buy on Amazon for £14.99


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News Driver demolishes wall


A 34-YEAR-OLD motorist has been charged with fail- ing to stop after allegedly knocking down this garden wall in Bearsted.


The owner of the house in


Copsewood Way, Terence Lee, told Downs Mail the car ploughed through his wall, completely demolishing it, at just after 8pm one evening. Police say a man from


Bearsted was later arrested and has since been charged with a further offence of fail- ing to provide a specimen for analysis.


He has been bailed to at-


tend Maidstone Magis- trates’ Court on January 6.


Village panto TICKETS for The Pied Piper of


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pher’s Village Shop in Eyhorne Street.


Bluebell walk


WALKERS have been given a date by the Woodland Trust for their diaries this spring at the Hucking Estate.


A Bluebell Trail will be set out from Saturday, April 8 to Sunday, May 14. There is no charge and parking is free. Follow the sign- posts for Hucking and St Mar- garet’s Church after turning off Hollingbourne Hill.


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