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Neville Cardus

The Headingley Test match in 1929 seemed to be hopelessly one-sided at the end of the first two days.
Neville Cardus left the scene to pursue an affair somewhere close to London.

He didn't watch any cricket on the third day and discovered the amazing turnaround from the evening papers.

He quickly went to National Liberal Club and composed the match report for the day!
He later described it as one of his best efforts at describing a day's play.

E.W. Swanton described this years later: 'the great wordsmith was never inhibited by prosaic detail.'