Par­rot stops play...

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A PAR­ROT on the run brought play to a halt dur­ing a cricket game after it started at­tack­ing the play­ers. In the last match of the sea­son, Hinck­ley Am­a­teur Thirds were tak­ing on Hath­ern Old Sec­onds at Swal­lows Green in Hinck­ley. Phil York takes up the story. He said: “A par­rot started to bomb the play­ers - not a nor­mal oc­cur­rence in ru­ral Le­ices­ter­shire. After about 15 min­utes its own­ers ap­peared and tried to coax it back to them, but it seemed to take more of a fancy to the play­ers in white.

“Fi­nally, vet­eran spin­ner Tom Flan­nery who bears a re­mark­able re­sem­blance to Long John Sil­ver (apart from the wooden leg) man­aged to en­tice Polly long enough to get a photo and re­turn it to its grate­ful own­ers.”

For Hinck­ley Am­a­teur match re­ports, see sport.

Pic­ture: Phil York

Tom Flan­nery with Polly the par­rot.

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