The Battersea Badgers are “history” after England pace legend Devon Malcolm showed his support for the Road.
Malcolm, who told the South African team “you guys are history” before a devastating spell of 9-57 in 1994, was taking part in a charity event organised by Chance to Shine along with King’s Road veteran David Hughes.
But the smiles were gone when the pair took part in a street cricket event organised by the Chance to Shine charity at a housing estate near the famous ground, as Malcolm ran Hughes out with a direct hit as the Welsh biffer attempted a quick single.
The ex-Derbyshire bowler showed he had lost none of his pace either, with a spell of bowling that hit one of Hughes’ press teammates in the BALLS.
Malcolm also passed on useful tips on batting – particularly on the kind of dodgy wicket the Road is used to.
He told Hughes that during one game for the all-star Lashings team he insisted on being promoted up the order to exploit the conditions.
Malcolm – test average with that bat of just over 6 – said: “I told the captain that if you are batting on a soggy dog, it’s not a place for the strokemakers. What you need is bat speed.”
A lesson for sloggers everywhere from the great man.
If you want to remind yourself of Devon’s finest hour, watch this: