As experienced readers will know, there is no escape from Tulkinghorn's spies. They are everywhere. Including at local newspaper the Mid-Devon Star, which is how it came to pass that the great man learnt of the cricketing legacy of South West firm Ashfords.
Ashfords' Tiverton office partner Stephen Walker said: "We're delighted to mark our 25th year of playing cricket in mid-Devon, and we've always found it a very pleasurable and relaxing way of meeting other businesspeople in the area."
Er, yes. He goes on: "The gentle sound of cork on willow and the lovely setting at Knightshayes invariably make for pleasant evenings, which are enjoyed by all."