Blog: Chris Brook-CarterParty hopes in Ashes

Chris Brook-Carter | 16 August 2005

For many of you, ‘cricket’ is a small insect that keeps you awake at night. On this fair isle, however, the whole country is gripped by the highs and lows of a different kind of cricket. England are playing Australia in the World-famous Ashes cricket test series (think baseball minus gloves, pyjamas and spitting).

For 350 brewery workers in northern England, however, the last match, which finished yesterday in a draw, may have turned them off the sport for life.

Staff at the Thwaites brewery in Lancashire were promised a case each of the company’s Lancaster Bomber Ale, if England cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff scored 50 runs in the match. He was caught on 46 runs.

The brewery bosses then thought they’d give Flintoff, the official face of Lancaster Bomber, a second chance – he had to get five Aussies out from his bowling.

He got four.

“The Aussies cost us a good knees-up,” one worker told the Mirror. “But Freddie is still our hero.”

Loyalty or idiocy?


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