I've been wondering!!!!
Every boy would have a 'Fire can'! These lethal playthings comprised a tin. 'Golden syrup' a good size. Holes would be knocked in the sides and bottom, a loop of steel or copper wire would be fixed to opposite sides of the top so that it could be swung around one's head and a FIRE built in the can! Kindling and coal nicked from your Mum's coal'us and you were invincible! How did we survive? In the dusk, tired out, we'd find a quite corner, put the cans together, and roast anything we could beg, scrounge, or nick and sit around like a bunch of little old nightwatchmen! As a variation and only after dark, we might sneak round to a back garden at one end of a street, climb over the fence into the next garden, on over the next and so on, until we reached the far end of the street. The object being to get from one end to the other without being caught...sometimes we did and sometimes we didn't! Oh, happy days! Cheers, Syd.
By the way - your bat is nowhere near being straight - I'll bet you were out first ball!
(Just living up to the G.O.M tag)