It’s been a mixed birthday for Shane Warne. As far as play was concerned, Warne managed to find himself en route to hospital earlier after being hit above the grill of his helmet. Unable to be given stitches, he came out to resume his innings with his right eye almost completely obscured, and was unsurprisingly soon dispatched. Hampshire only managed to muster 131, which they will do very well to defend with their captain unable to take the field as yet.
Before the match, however, the world’s greatest leg spinner was bedecked in gown and cap to receive an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University for his services to cricket. Whilst Dr. Warne looked amused, he seemed to receive the accolade quite happily from the same institution to hand Master of Arts degrees to Robin Smith and David Gower.