20 September 2015

28-30th Sept 1945: 'the nicest young lady I could well imagine'

28 Fri. Very cool becoming mild, dull, calm. Did all the usual Fri morning shopping. Completely failed to buy fish to-day. To Morden to Perrin’s where I bought Beethoven’s Pianoforte Sonatas complete in one volume: I was served by the nicest young lady I could well imagine and whenever I play from this book I shall remember her.

29 Sat. Cold, white morning frost, foggy morning but sunny afternoon becoming milder. A fruitless journey to Cheam and Morden but bought a few fish pieces in Martín Way for Dinky. Bought a few things locally in afternoon. Thence to cricket match where I saw Merton make 152 for 6. Fishlock* the Surrey and England left-handed batsman made a hard-hit 82 including a six: it was worth watching. Met Mr. Knight and Micky there: they now have a flat in Seward Road, their house in Chestnut Road was destroyed. There is such a risk of frost that I picked all the tomato crop – a heavy one from only seven plants: dug up six beetroots and picked enough beans for two days.

30 Sun. Mild, dull, very calm. Mrs. Hopkins, Edie and Mrs. Matson came to tea and stayed till 8 o’clock. Short walk in afternoon.

*Laurence Barnard "Laurie" Fishlock (2 January 1907 – 25 June 1986) was an English cricketer, who played in four Tests from 1936 to 1947. A specialist batsman, he achieved little in those four matches, but might have had a much more substantial Test career, had he not lost six of what should have been his best years to World War II. - Wikipedia

*Wisden Obituary
Laurie Fishlock died peacefully in hospital after an operation on June 26, 1986, aged 79. For years he was one of the mainstays of the Surrey side; the first left-hand batsman of any prominence they had had since the early 1870s. Season after season he topped their averages, usually with more than 2,000 runs and an average of about 50. He was largely a county player; a little older than most, he was 28 when he got his cap. Four years later came the war, and when first-class cricket was resumed he was 39, an age when men are retiring from Test cricket rather than starting it. So in all he played in only four Tests: two in 1936 against India, another, also against India, in 1946, and one in Australia in 1946-47. In these he did little. He had also gone on the 1936-37 tour of Australia and on that, though in the opinion of most people he was lucky to be preferred to Eddie Paynter, he was equally unlucky to miss six crucial weeks through a broken bone in his right hand. No touring side has suffered so much from injuries as that one and, had he remained fit, Fishlock must, whether in form or not, have had ample opportunity of proving himself. By a cruel stroke of fortune, he again broke a finger on his second tour. -

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