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FORGET all the talk of England being a force in world cricket once more - there is a fundamental problem with the national game that needs addressing immediately, writes Phil Agius.

The standard of catching by members of the crowd has reached on all-time low in recent weeks.

First there was Freddie Flintoff's dad, who tweaked the nose of fate that had put him in prime position to pouch one of his son's mighty sixes in the Edgbaston Test by dropping it.

Then there was the incident at Saturday's Twenty20 Cup finals day where a lady fan was smacked a painful blow on the head by a six deflected by a nearby butterfingers.

Sort them out Duncan.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2004
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