The Village Cricket tips his hat to Mr Brian Charles Lara, the retiring record-breaking West Indian genius who twice broke the world record for the most runs in a single test innings and scored 501 in a county innings. I have had the privelage to be present to watch him bat in both test and county cricket, and to be him in his very own computer game. Cricket will be the poorer without him – and the West Indies even more beatable.

Genius

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