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Sheps does The Nelson
A lot of people are quite familiar with one of my superstitions, the little hop I give when the score passes certain milestones.

It harks back to when I was kid playing village cricket down in Devon and we had an unlucky number - 111.

We call it The Nelson, which you would also get with other multiples like 222 and 333.

We found that the only way to stop something bad happening on a Nelson number was to get your feet off the ground.

You could just lift your feet off the pavilion floor if you weren't in the middle, but if I was on the field of play I would just jump or hop.

I would usually jump, but maybe hop depending on what time of day it is, how long I've been out there or how hot the weather is.

When I took to umpiring, I thought I couldn't keep doing that, but a few mates urged me to carry on and not many people noticed it at the time.

Then I did it in my second Test match at Edgbaston and someone wrote into dear old Brian Johnston on Test Match Special and he let the cat out of the bag.





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