When I was writing a post on David Shepherd, I mentioned him doing a hop everytime the batting team scores a Nelson… It would be interesting to find out the origin of Nelson.

According to BBC where Shepherd was a regular writer…

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 counteract 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.

The term was invented in the belief that Lord Nelson was unlucky enough to have had only one eye, one arm and one leg. Nelson wasn’t quite this unfortunate as he actually had two legs, but the cricket term has survived all attempts by historians to correct it. And hence the word Nelson.


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