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A glory day for religious verse

THE recent travails of the England cricket team bring to mind a contrasting story, reminiscent of the part religion used to play in life.

The tale goes that batsman Colin Cowdrey, after scoring a century against the Aussies, was handed a telegram which simply said: "1 Kings 18.34."

This, of course, is where Elijah tells the priests of Baal: "Do it again". Cowdrey went back to the cricket ground and did just that.

He was grateful for the good fortune the telegram had brought.

ANDREW McLUSKEY

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