Guess The Year Competition

More guessing games.  What we’re looking for here is the year, though extra points are available for:

a) The author

b) X and Y

c) The County

All three were England players, X and the narrator occasionals, Y a regular.  X and Y were both senior County professionals.  As a guide, the average salary for a County cricketer is now somewhere between £40,000 and £100,000 a year and the minimum England central contract is worth – at a conservative estimate – well over £200,000 p.a..

“Making ends meet is a constant worry for most cricketers, particularly those with a family and a mortgage.  Only two —–shire players are paid more than £10,000 a year – and I am not one of them.  The club’s argument is that you are being paid for six months’ work, so you have another six months to double your pay.  It’s a great theory … In reality players end up doing all kinds of dead end jobs to see them through the winter, assuming they can get a job at all.  X has worked in a quarry in the past, but last winter he was on the dole.  So was Y.  I spent one winter driving a lorry … and almost killed myself when the steering failed on a steep bend.  The only way to get the old thing up to 40 miles an hour was to stand up with all your weight on the accelerator.  After a bit you get tired so you swapped feet.  Another year I knocked windows together for a local manufacturing company. It was so boring.

Financially, the only place to be is in the England squad.  Test players earn nearly £2,000 a match and around £15,000 for a tour.  It’s a different league.”

I would dearly love to be able to provide the answers upside down at the bottom of this piece, but that doesn’t seem to be possible, so I shall append them shortly.

(Answers now provided below, courtesy of Brian Carpenter.)

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4 thoughts on “Guess The Year Competition

  1. At the considerable risk of appearing ‘too clever by half’:

    a. Jonathan Agnew (writing about the 1988 season in ‘Eight Days a Week’)

    b, X – Les Taylor Y – Peter Willey

    c. Leicestershire

    For some reason it just rang a bell, although I did have to look it up to check who X and Y were.

    I had my first full-time job after leaving university in 1988. I can’t remember what I was paid, but it was a lot less than £10,000 p.a.

    Still, it all turned out alright for Aggers in the end…

  2. Matters aren’t always that much better these days. I was speaking to the father of a young county cricketer who a couple of seasons ago was the leading run scorer for his county in both T20 and List A cricket for that season – his years salary? £6,000!

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