"...marbles was a traditional Sussex pastime as far back as Elizabethan times. Tales of legendary local mibsters (marble practitioners) are manifold. Folk here still talk of Jim "Atomic Thumb" Longhurst, the wiry gardener with the legendary flick that could smash a beer glass from four feet. Not to mention Wee Willie Wright, five-time winner of the individual title at Tinsley Green and renowned for his "secret weapon", a hot water bottle sewn inside his coat to keep his thumb warm."
"Monny, like many senior mibsters, is surprisingly downbeat about the sport's general health."