Well, 2nd XI county cricket. Sadly the days when the first team played County Championship matches has gone. Unless my memory is playing tricks I remember Gladstone Small having been dropped from the test side turning up at the S&B for warwickshire in the early '80's.
Well that didn't take long, thank you for the emails drawing my attention to the following from the BBC's website:
'I heard recently that in 1982, the first incident of a substitute taking a wicket occurred. How did this come about?
When Gladstone Small was called up by an injury-stricken England team for the Edgbaston Test against Pakistan on the second morning of Warwickshire's Championship match against Lancashire at Southport, the TCCB playing conditions permitted a full substitute to replace him.
Thus, on 29 July 1982, David Brown became the first substitute to take a wicket in county cricket.'
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