Former Middlesex bowler turned cricket analyst Simon Hughes takes a trip down memory lane and recalls the unusual circumstances surrounding his first-class debut against Kent at Lord's.
Hughes was a key part of the Middlesex side between 1980 and 1991, winning four County Championship titles in a side packed with star names.
He played under two England captains, Mike Brearley and Mike Gatting, during his time with the county, before moving to join Durham for their first two seasons as a first-class team in 1992.
Watch: Simon Hughes, Lord's Memories
A graduate of Durham University, Hughes retired with 466 first-class wickets at 32.48 and 272 list A wickets at 25.47.
After retirement he moved into journalism, initially with The Independent before switching to the Daily Telegraph. He is perhaps best known for his broadcasting work as 'The Analyst' on Channel 4's multi-award winning cricket coverage between 1999 and 2005.
Hughes has been a part of Channel 5's cricket coverage since 2006.
Hughes is also an award-winning author, collecting the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 1997 for his acclaimed autobiography A Lot of Hard Yakka.
He is currently researching his latest book Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A history of the Ashes in ten matches in the MCC Library at Lord's.
Follow him on Twitter @cricketanalyst