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Thumbs up from Neil Gourley after winning the 1,500m UK title with an assured run in Birmingham. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Neil Gourley’s late surge nails down place in British team

Latterly, a Scottish monopoly of the men’s 1,500 metres podium has become something of a tradition at the UK Athletics Championships in Birmingham, as certain as death, taxes and other surefire bets. The only variation has been a shuffling of the faces involved. And as the bulldozers prepare to demolish Alexander Stadium, it was Neil Gourley who flattened his Caledonian cohorts to wrestle the title away.

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'He is the special one,' said Sir Ian Botham of Ben Stokes following his matchwinning performance. Picture: AFP/Getty

Ben Stokes on a par with Beethoven, Van Gogh and Da Vinci

“I’m babbling on, here. I don’t know what to say,” offered our hero to Michael Atherton in the post-match interview on Sky. Don’t worry Ben, neither do we, each and every one of us is lost for words because there are no words that can do justice to what we saw, to account for an innings that might never be bettered in Test cricket, or any form of this beguiling game for that matter.

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