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A vicar has been bowled over after being reunited with the cricket ball he lost 38 years ago - as a seven-year-old boy.
Reverend Simon Ward, 45, mislaid the shiny red ball in 1979 while playing with it in the garden of the rectory where he lived with his family.
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When they moved out, he jokingly asked the new occupants to keep a look out for his beloved ball, never expecting to see it again.
But almost four decades later, the cricket ball, which he bought with his pocket money, resurfaced in an old neighbour's pond.
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Simon said: 'It was brand new, a nice shiny cricket ball, my first one.
'We barely got the first over before it got lost, I remember I cried my eyes out.
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'It was one of those curious things. It's (the ball) is now a shrivelled husk of its former glory. It's not the red shiny ball I fell in love with. But it was charming to discover it.'
The cricket ball was found by Rosie Bunn - the current rector of the All Saints Church, at the rectory in Belton, Norfolk.
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