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The four runs that were more talked about than the seven wickets!

Hedley Verity and Bill Bowes were youngsters when they joined the great Yorkshire team of the late 1920s.

There were some towering figures in that dressing-room and two of them, Wilfred Rhodes and Emmot Robinson, used to conduct sessions with Bowes and Verity after each day's play.

In August 1930, Yorkshire played Hampshire and in the latter's first innings, Verity took 7/26. Bowes had rather modest figures of 1/43.

At the end of the day, the two senior players took the two rookies for the 'post-mortem' session.

They went to Robinson's room and the two masters placed the fieldsmen- with the help of customary toilet articles- in position.

Bowes was expecting the criticism to come his way but was surprised to see that the field placement was made for Verity.

"Now then Headley, what did you do today?", said Emmot.

Hedley stuck out his chest and with a smile on his face, replied, " Seven for twenty-six, Emmot."

Emmot smote the woodwork at the foot of the bed in disgust. 

"Aye, seven for twenty-six, an' it owt to 'a' bin seven for twenty-two! Ah niver saw such bowlin'. Whativver wa' t'doin' to gie AK Judd ( a Hampshire batsman) that fower?"

The standards maintained in that Yorkshire dressing-room were quite something!