Lancastrian legend: David "Bumble" Lloyd
David “Bumble” Lloyd’s unmistakable dulcet tones have been heard on British TV screens for the past decade and more, and so to celebrate the quirky Lancastrian’s broadcasting career to date, we take a look back at some of the commentator’s most memorable clips.
During England's tour of South Africa in 2009-10, Lloyd managed to become distracted while commentating on the action by the appearance in the crowd of a young lady in a bikini attempting to eat a rather large sausage. This had predictably funny consequences alongside co-commentator Mike Atherton.
The excitement and drama of the climax to India's match against South Africa at the World T20 in 2007 proved all too much for "Bumble", who first thought that India fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth had clean bowled the hosts' wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, before then announcing that actually the ball had gone for four, and then finally claiming it was a no-ball!!
In fact, Lloyd had been right the first time around as the Proteas batsman had indeed been bowled!
In a Test match between England and West Indies at Lord's in May 2007, the tourists' big-hitting opener Chris Gayle took a nasty blow in the nether regions from the home team's paceman Steve Harmison, producing the inevitable reaction from the crowd of much laughter and sniggering.
However Lloyd, who was commentating at the time with former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, was quick to sympathise with Gayle after himself having been struck an equally painful, and now infamous, knock to the same amidships region by Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee on England's 1974/75 Ashes tour Down Under.
During a break in play during the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's in June 2011, "Bumble" was asked to take part in an impromptu scone-tasting test by fellow commentator Mike Atherton, with inevitably funny consequences for all to see ....!
In this clip, Lloyd treats us to some unusual Pakistani pronunciations while on an England tour of the subcontinent, while also daring to offer some words of advice to the world's best spinner, Saeed Ajmal, who "Bumble" reckoned he would have no problems whatsoever hitting around the park, even at his age and with a wonky knee!
Passing time during the opening Test match of the 2008 summer against New Zealand at Lord's, Lloyd was forced into a hasty on-air apology at lunch on day two after claiming that Catford Cricket Club also had a dog track accompanying it, which it turned out that it did not, with "Bumble" managing to rectify the situation in his own inimitable style as always ...
As England's massive second innings in the opening Test of the 2010/11 Ashes series in Australia continued on to a seemingly never-ending conclusion at the Gabba, "Bumble" appeared to lose the will to live as he is caught asleep on the floor of the commentary box as former Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne works out the various different permutations for the match.
England fans were grateful for Lloyd's unique comic musings during their 10-wicket thrashing by Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai in January 2012, with the left-field broadcaster bringing out some impressions from the Fast Show with which to regale co-commentator Mike Atherton and the viewers at home with.
More crazy goings on from the weird and wacky world of David "Bumble" Lloyd, and on this occasion the commentator breaks out into song with a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" that leaves fellow broadcaster Nasser Hussain in a fit of giggles during England's one-day tour of Australia in 2010/11.
And last, but certainly not least, we have "Bumble" commentating in the summer of 2011, but not as we know it after Lloyd totally forgets to pick up his microphone before speaking, to the great amusement of former England captains Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussian.