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Sidney and Geordie strike up a fine batting partnership during the village cricket match, but the day takes an ugly turn when the players are poisoned during post-match beers, leaving the team’s young Pakistani batsman, Zafar Ali, dead.

Club captain Geoff Towler (Peter Davison) can’t hide his disdain for the victim and he becomes the obvious suspect after it emerges Zafar was seeing his daughter.

Meanwhile, Sidney gets a warning from the Archdeacon about his relationship with Amanda.

It’s horrible but engrossing watching poor Sidney torture himself over his love for Amanda, while the case itself takes a surprising turn.