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that's the greatest appeal of going to a cricket match
unless you're on the grass banks at Newlands, Eden Park or suchlike (well, I suppose the Nursery Ground at Lord's)
plenty of county grounds where it's possible
Think (for the Australian Cricket Board) they've got it on about a 5 year cycle.
it's kwik cricket
(known as MILO Kanga cricket in Australia, and MILO Kiwi Cricket in New Zealand)
Queen hits 738 in backyard cricket match
Newcastle, February: A backyard cricket game turned into a beer-fuelled slog-a-thon when the Queen smashed a massive 738 runs in a marathon 19 hour innings that neighbours described as *bloody noisy*.
The Queen took to the crease shortly after her 4th beer at 8am, and batted through until 3am the following morning showing form that onlookers likened to *a pissed Bradman*. The backyard, littered with empty VB cans, came into it's own midway through the afternoon with the introduction of the Hit a can, Skull a can rule. But the extra alcohol did not dent the Queen's concentration, says Johnno: *The more she drank the straighter she played. The beer just made her better.*
Johnno, who had smoked cones in the afternoon drinks break, admitted to not helping the cause by bowling 47 wides in a single over.
The match, extended into the night by backyard floodlights, finally ended in controversial circumstances when Johnno, unable to locate the ball, bowled the sack from a wine cask and took out middle stump. David Boon described the innings as *fucking tops*.
Even as a child, there's something wonderful about watching a bunch of drunken relatives bluster, argue and generally dominate the cricket set you just got.
and why are shitty ODIs so much more expensive than a test? Means that I never go to them.
I don't think I have ever enjoyed watching a one day international
Not a village green as such, but in my youth I used occasionally to play on a lovely cricket pitch in the corner of the city walls, in the shadow of the cathedral, here:
Although from the photo, the pavilion has disappeared and it looks like it's no longer in use :(
click through all the pics
is playing club cricket
Does anyone else do this regularly?
playing is the best, obviously. But viewing-wise test cricket is great.
Last summer my team that comprises of an unhealthy number of DiSers was bowled out for 80. And then won by 12 runs
Their pitch is terrible and a good'un for turning up low scoring affairs.
and clearly the ICC needs to replace the forthcoming Eng-Aus one dayers with a proper Ashes series.
It's even better thunt real thing!
It's not on youtube but I remember the advert w/Geoff Boycoutt