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Legends of the Game.

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Hidden : 2/19/2012
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Sunbury is officially recognised at ‘The Birthplace of The Ashes’.

The history of the Ashes records that when Australia won against England at the Oval in 1882 The London Times announced the death of English cricket and declared that 'The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia'. When an English team was touring Australia shortly after this announcement one of the tour matches was held on the Rupertswood Oval. When Australia won, Lady Janet Clarke had one of her servants burn a bail - or some bails - and presented the ashes to the English captain, Ivo Bligh, in a velvet bag. In the 1920s, Bligh's widow presented them to the MCC who placed them in an urn where they are still kept at Lords as The Ashes.
Some years ago the Rotary Club of Sunbury presented the town with a clock in the form of a ball dislodging the bails from the stumps as recognition of this wonderful and unique piece of sporting history.

A recent addition to the prominent position in the major intersection in Sunbury is a set of four sculptures of arguably the most legendary players of the sport of cricket.

WG Grace.
William Gilbert ("W.G.") Grace, MRCS, LRCP (18 July 1848 – 23 October 1915) was an English amateur cricketer who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time, and who was important in the development of the sport. Universally known as "W.G.", he played first-class cricket for a record-equaling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908

Grace dominated the sport during his career. His technical innovations and enormous influence left a lasting legacy. An outstanding all-rounder, he excelled at all the essential skills of batting, bowling and fielding, but it is for his batting that he is most renowned. He is held to have invented modern batsmanship. Usually opening the innings, he was particularly admired for his mastery of all strokes, and his level of expertise was said by contemporary reviewers to be unique. He generally captained the teams he played for at all levels because of his skill and tactical acumen.

Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 is often cited as statistically the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.
The story that the young Bradman practiced alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore. Bradman's meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Before his 22nd birthday, he had set many records for high scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia's sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.
During a 20-year playing career, Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him, in the words of former Australia captain Bill Woodfull, "worth three batsmen to Australia". A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was specifically devised by the England team to curb his scoring. As a captain and administrator Bradman was committed to attacking, entertaining cricket; he drew spectators in record numbers. He hated the constant adulation, however, and it affected how he dealt with others. The focus of attention on his individual performances strained relationships with some team-mates, administrators and journalists, who thought him aloof and wary. Following an enforced hiatus, due to the Second World War, he made a dramatic comeback, captaining an Australian team known as "The Invincibles" on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.

Ivo Francis Walter Bligh, 8th Earl of Darnley DL, JP (13 March 1859 – 10 April 1927), styled The Honorable Ivo Bligh until 1900, was a British cricketer who captained the English team in the first ever Test series against Australia with the Ashes at stake in 1882/83. Later in life, he inherited the earldom of Darnley and was elected an Irish representative peer.
Although the history of Test cricket between England and Australia dates from 1877, it was after an English team led by Monkey Hornby lost to the Australians at The Oval in 1882, that The Sporting Times newspaper wrote a mock obituary to English cricket, noting that the body would be cremated and the ashes sent to Australia. The following winter's tour to Australia was billed as an attempt to reclaim the Ashes. Bligh's team was successful, winning the three-match Ashes series two-one, although a fourth game played at Sunbury, not played for the Ashes, and hence a matter of great dispute, was lost.

Dennis Keith Lillee, AM, MBE (born 18 July 1949 in Subiaco, Western Australia) is a former Australian cricketer rated as the "outstanding fast bowler of his generation". Lillee was known for his fiery temperament, 'never-say-die' attitude and popularity with the fans.
In the early part of his career Lillee was an extremely quick bowler, but a number of stress fractures in his back almost ended his career. Taking on a strict fitness regime, he fought his way back to full fitness, eventually returning to international cricket. By the time of his retirement from international cricket in 1984 he had become the then world record holder for most Test wickets (355), and had firmly established himself as one of the most recognizable and renowned Australian sportsmen of all time.

Caught Marsh bowled Lillee. Throughout his Australian career Lillee was also famous for his partnership with wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, and the scorecard entry 'c Marsh b Lillee' appeared 95 times in Tests, a partnership record between wicketkeeper and bowler that is yet to be broken. Coincidentally, both players ended their careers with 355 Test dismissals; Marsh took 343 catches and had 12 stumpings.

On to the cache and you will find a camouflaged micro at –

S37 34.ABC
E144 43.DEF

If the Clock was presented 14th February 1995 then ABC = 833
If the Clock was presented 14th January 1995 then ABC = 867
If the Clock was presented 14th January 1996 then ABC = 876

If the Sculptures were cast December 2011 then DEF = 643
If the Sculptures were cast November 2011 then DEF = 641
If the Sculptures were cast November 2012 then DEF = 607

At gz muggles can appear from any direction AND CAN BE SEATED IN CARS. If you feel there is a chance of compromising the security of the cache, please abandon the search and return a little later.

Team Ladava

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Chyy gur ahg oruvaq gur qbhoyr cbfg arne gur pbeare.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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