Tim's comeback isn't such a tall order!
PUBLISHED: 13:11 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
MOST batsmen would baulk at facing legendary West Indies paceman Joel Garner – let alone those with the sight in one eye. But South Hampstead s Tim McMahon agreed to do just that as he made a welcome return to the crease in the club s annual fundraiser fo
MOST batsmen would baulk at facing legendary West Indies paceman Joel Garner - let alone those with the sight in one eye.
But South Hampstead's Tim McMahon agreed to do just that as he made a welcome return to the crease in the club's annual fundraiser for the Paul Daisley Trust.
McMahon was left with serious damage to his left eye after a freak accident in SH's match at Osterley last summer.
But he bravely took his place at the wicket against a Celebrity XI that included several former Test stars - and even dared to square-cut Garner to the boundary.
Garner, once the scourge of English batsmen, may now be 55 - and sported a pair of blue trainers after the club were unable to find size 16 boots to fit him - but his revenge was swift.
He shattered McMahon's stumps with the next delivery and then inflicted an identical fate on SH's former Essex and Northamptonshire player Ricky Anderson with the next.
The Celebrity XI, also including former West Indies captains Alvin Kallicharran and Jimmy Adams and Pakistan seamer Mohammad Akram, totalled 212.
James Williams and James Nolan both struck half-centuries for South Hampstead before retiring and the home side, who also featured ex-England all-rounder Chris Lewis, eventually fell just four runs short.
The match raised approximately £1,200 for the Trust, which helps to fund research into colon cancer.
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