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What happens when you challenge the best cricket historian

The 80th birthday of Les Ames, perhaps the best wicketkeeper-batsman ever, was celebrated at the House of Commons. 

Alongside the many cricketers who were present, were the Members of Parliament. And so was David Frith, then the editor of the cricket magazine Wisden Cricket Monthly.

One member caught hold of Frith and said, "I've been waiting for years to put this question to you. You know so much about cricket but I bet you don't know who scored the fastest fifty in the history of Test cricket."

Frith chuckled and replied, " J.T. Brown of Yorkshire, Melbourne, 1895, 28 minutes- though he claimed it was only 27- and I've got the bat at home!"