At the start of each month Fantasy Bob has been recalling songs with the new month in the title. May is more challenging than previous months. ‘Here we go gathering nuts in May’ is a much loved nursery rhyme. But there is doubt that it is about nuts and may at all. While the final line ‘on a cold and frosty morning’ makes sense to many Scottish cricketers, frost isn’t typical of May mornings elsewhere. Folk music specialists therefore suggest that the original words, mangled in the telling down the generations, should be knots and may – may being a traditional name for hawthorn and knots being bunches of flowers. So there you go.
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England won the series 2-0, the same margin by which they had beaten W Indies in the first half of the summer. The W Indies tour is celebrated for their visit to Ireland when they were bowled out for 25 on a pitch which sounds much like Edinburgh’s Meadows after a thunderstorm. Wet, green and soft. And then some. To reach 25 was an achievement – they were 12 for 9 at one stage. Ireland's captain Dougie Goodwin took 5 for 6, the most famous scalp being Clive Lloyd on his first visit to the British Isles. The match was played on a strange format of a one day 2 innings match – presumably a marketing device to ensure a full day’s play if the Irish were skittled - but the result would be based on the first innings. Ireland declared at 125 for 8. West Indies' second innings was slightly more productive as they managed to reach 78 for 4 by the close of play. There were allegations, strenuously denied, that it was not only the pitch that was responsible for the West Indians' downfall but that the Irish had plied them liberally with Guinness the night before, extolling its medicinal properties. Still a claim that many visiting teams seem to believe.
|Ireland v West Indies 2 July 1969|