The Irish cricketer arrived at the gates of Heaven and was greeted by a cheerful saint. 'Well, well, well! A cricketer from Ireland. You know you're the first one we've got.'
'Well, I hope there'll be many more,' replied the cricketer.
'I'm sure there will be,' smiled the saint. 'You have reached Heaven, but just before you pass through the gates is there any little thing you want to tell me. It can't be much or you wouldn't be here. But perhaps some small incident which is on your conscience?'
'Well,' exclaimed the cricketer, 'there is one thing.'
'What is it, my son?'
'A couple of years ago I was playing for Ireland against the MCC at Lords and the bowler appealed for a catch behind the wicket, but the umpire said "not out", so although I knew I had touched the ball I stayed on and scored 207 runs.'
'We did. We beat the MCC by 112 runs, but ever since then I've always thought I should have gone out.'
'Not at all, my son,' boomed the saint, 'you did the right thing. Don't give it another thought. You may enter.'
'I'm very relieved,' replied the cricketer. 'Thank you very much, Saint Peter!'
'Oh, by the way,' grinned the saint, 'I'm not Saint Peter, I'm Saint Patrick.'
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