"BOTHAM would say that, of course. He and Richards played together at Somerset as teenagers and are lifelong mates. The Master Blaster beat him to knighthood by eight years, but they shared a drink (and most likely a fat cigar) recently to celebrate. "Viv came up to the house after it had been announced and we had a little party. He made an impromptu speech, which isn't really like him, but he said we should think back to when we started at Somerset, living in a condemned house next to the ground with no running water."