Bowled over ever since that Head­in­g­ley Ashes match

Matthew Dixon, who runs MD Law, on how the 1981 Ashes se­ries set off a life- long love af­fair with the game of cricket.

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HOW DOES a 12- year- old lad not be­come cap­ti­vated with cricket when the first two days of test cricket he watches live are days four and five of the Head­in­g­ley Test of the 1981 Ashes se­ries?

I was al­ready smit­ten with the in­tri­ca­cies of the game be­fore trav­el­ling up to Leeds from Sh­effield those two cold­ish days in July 1981. I was for­tu­nate enough to be able to trans­fer my en­thu­si­asm on to the field of play and I con­tinue to en­joy the chal­lenge and will hope­fully en­ter the 2016 se­ries fit enough to com­plete my tenth sea­son as first XI cap­tain of Sh­effield Col­le­giate Cricket Club ( SCCC).

The body may bark at me more now af­ter 50 overs field­ing and a 15- over spell of slow bowl­ing but I still look for­ward to play­ing and try­ing to win games for SCCC.

Play­ing the game for the past 35 years or so has been ex­tremely re­ward­ing, both on and off the field and has been a pleas­ant di­ver­sion from my day job as a so­lic­i­tor in Sh­effield.

Last sea­son was par­tic­u­larly fraught as I started my own le­gal prac­tice MD Law.

Cricket has also made me so many friends, both at SCCC and in op­po­si­tion teams. It has al­lowed me to tour nu­mer­ous lo­ca­tions within the UK and as a play­ing mem­ber of the Maryle­bone Cricket Club ( MCC) to In­dia, Brazil and Chile, Fin­land and Es­to­nia and Greece.

I have also en­joyed watch­ing SCCC old boys, Michael Vaughan and Joe Root, score 100s for Eng­land at home and abroad.

It has also al­lowed me to play at Lord’s where the North East won off the last ball of the game by one wicket. I was lucky enough to be in the tenth wicket part­ner­ship which won the game and al­beit the Long Room only con­tained 40 peo­ple as we walked back in it was a “hair stand­ing up on the back of the neck” mo­ment. I have also played at Test grounds in In­dia and first class grounds in York­shire.

I ap­pre­ci­ate that I can­not play for­ever and it ap­pears that oth­ers seem to think my play­ing days are close to fin­ish­ing too. I have been in­vited on to var­i­ous com­mit­tee roles. The ca­ma­raderie of the dress­ing room, the laughs, both and on the pitch, the joy of win­ning and re­spect for the game, of­fi­cials and op­po­si­tion and your team mates, all mean cricket is the best game to be in­volved in.

Thank you, Beefy and Bob!

MATTHEW DIXON: Played at Test grounds in In­dia and first class grounds in York­shire.

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