• England cricketers fishing on 1920s Ashes tour

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    This is a wonderfully historic sepia photograph for anglers who are also cricket lovers. It shows Harry Howell and Arthur Dolphin, members of the MCC (it wasn’t England in those days) cricket team who toured Australia for the 1920-21 Ashes, fishing off the jetty at Freemantle. What were they doing fishing when they should have been playing cricket, you may ask? Well, a case of typhoid was reported on the RMS Osterley, the ship that took the team to Australia, and everyone was quarantined for seven days. Howell, a right-handed fast bowler and batsman on his first MCC Tour, and Dolphin,the reserve wicket-keeper, were keen anglers and took the opportunity to dangle a line. The back of the photograph, which was sold at T Vennett-Smith’s auction in Nottingham this week for just £30, was annotated on the back: “Howell (the blow-fish king) as he was nicknamed and Dolphin fishing off the jetty.” It’s thought the picture was taken by Abe Waddington, another member of the team. A delightful piece of memorabilia, even if we don’t know whether they caught anything.



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