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Please can we have our ball back, Zeta?

Aug 13 2003

Peter Morrell, The Western Mail

 

SUPERSTAR Catherine Zeta Jones's hopes of living the quiet life in Swansea could be stumped.

The cricket club based next to her £1m mansion currently under construction at Limeslade, Mumbles, is offering £100 to the first player to knock a ball into the garden of the actress's new home.

But Mumbles Cricket Club chairman Mark Portsmouth has laid down a tough condition ... the batsman will have to pluck up the courage to ask for the ball back.

Catherine, 33, and acting legend husband Michael Douglas, 58, aim to live in the four bedroomed home during visits to Wales with children Dylan, three, and newborn baby Carys.

A strike by a cricket ball is unlikely to trouble the Douglas household.

The windows are to be fitted with bullet-proof glass.

Mumbles chairman Mr Portsmouth, a bank worker, says however the £100 is likely to be safe.

"One very big six could do it but it would have to clear the ground, a tree lined footpath and a fence ... around 150 yards," he said.

Wisden, the cricketers' bible, credits the longest hit, at 175 yards, to the Rev W Fellows during a game at Oxford in 1856.

Michael and Catherine, who regularly fly into Swansea in their own jet, are expected to begin furnishing the house in October.

It is expected Catherine's parents, Dai and Pat, will live in the house most of the time.

 
 

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