If no one get to know what a bowler is doing with the ball in between the delivering and turning to deliver, you might accuse him of the term knowns as ‘ball tampering!’ And when you fail to apprehend what wind was doing with the bails – what was that? A ‘bail tampering!?’
So did it happened once in the cricket history. It was in 1932, October 29. A Melbourne Grade B women’s match between Clifton Hill and Footscary found cricketers out in the middle where they put chewing gums to keep the bails got stuck with the stumps.
The report showed in The Argus that Footscary won the match which scored 70 to 47 in their first innings although it is quite obscure whether the game was a two innings header or not.
Ridiculously, the report also stated cricketers in that match used chewing gums to keep the bails in place against strong gust of a windy day.
This was not, however, the only incidence of bail – tampering recorded in the history books of cricket.
Previous of Clifton Hill versus Footscary, the match between Australians and the Players in 1902 Gerald Brodribb described the use of ‘clay’ and ‘iron bails’ to keep the bails above stumps during the play.
Some five days after the incident, The Moving Picture Show on The Sun (Sydney) published a saucy writing characterizing ‘Peter’ and ‘Amily’ to flaunt the tampering.
“’My love,’ said Peter to Amelia. ‘I earnestly pray that you will never be tempted to take up big cricket. I should hate to have it said of one dear to me that she used chewing gum to keep her bails unscattered.’
‘When I first read of that Victorian case,’ said Amelia, ‘I knew that all the mere men would seize upon it as a chance to sneer at us — but who cares! You’ve got to admit, Peter that all the Graces, Trumbles, Jardines, Bradmans, Woodfulls, and Maileys in the world couldn’t think of a simple little touch of strategy like that. It only goes to show how we truly resourceful and dangerous we poor weak women can be when it comes to the test.’
‘Well,’ said Peter, ‘I’ll tell Bradman.’”
“Sometimes nothing is of any use, and the wind has been troublesome that bails have been dispensed with altogether. There are at least a dozen instances of this, at places varying from Worcester to Wellington,” said Brodribb.
However, The Times once briefed the gleeful side of tampering, it said, “Women cricketers are more fully equipped than are men for this doctoring. The shine on the new ball can be taken off by the same cosmetics which keep the shine off the nose, and much can be done with powder to mitigate slipperiness.”
“Bowlers would find it useful to dye particular important spots on the pitch … What chance will poor old cricket have of increasing its present quite slight popularity among the more influential half of the human race?”