Matthew Engel, former editor of Wisden, happened on a pleasing discovery the other day. Alastair Cook’s hundred in Essex’s opening match of the season was the first century for more than a hundred years to be made in a first-class match in England with the clocks on Greenwich Mean Time.

For more than a hundred years? Since 1914 indeed when War stopped play and First-Class cricket was suspended. Other cricket was of course played. Indeed I had an uncle who claimed to have bowled Jack Hobbs (more probably bowled at Jack Hobbs) in a Services game in Ireland. All the same I would love to know who scored that last hundred in the County Championship of 1914. Wisden of course will have the answer, but I don’t have the 1915 edition.