Gary Naylor’s earliest cricket memory was of his father’s delight watching a black and white television as David Hughes smashed John Mortimore all around Old Trafford in the dark to win this Gilllette Cup match. A few years later, he was at Aigburth, Liverpool watching the likes of Big Clive, Barry Richards and Gordon Greenidge playing county cricket. Soon came visits to Old Trafford for Lanky matches and Tests, including the Saturday of this one, when Botham smeared 118 in no time. He essayed a few right-arm outswingers for Hightown and Putney, but only his catching was really up to much and that went with the 20/20 eyesight as age overtook him. He watches as much cricket as he can at The Oval, Lord’s or on television and remains endlessly fascinated by the Greatest of Games. He is delighted and honoured to write at 99.94 as The Tooting Trumpet and he occasionally blogs as Mouth of the Mersey. His favourite current player is VVS Laxman, but he knows that SK Warne is the best player he has ever seen and probably will ever see. You can find the him on Twitter at @garynaylor999, occasionally on the Sofa at Testmatchsofa.com, at Cricket on Five’s blog and in the stalls at broadwayworld.com. He is currently listening to offers.
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