As you may remember, I’ve begun to familiarise myself with the game of cricket over the past year. Especially after being told so many times how skilled I am with bats and balls. And, as we are presently hosting the Cricket World Cup,
I thought I would explain some of the basic rules and procedures necessary for one to enjoy the game to it’s fullest extent.
Firstly, let’s practice in the nets. I normally prefer mine in black of course, but that would hardly be appropriate apparel . . . and would definitely be considered as un-sportsmanlike behaviour . . . which I always try to avoid.
However, one’s stance can often be used to upset the bowlers concentration,
and try to put him off his stride . . . referred to as “sledging” !!! Mmm . . .
Which may have the affect of him bowling a “wide”, which the umpire (that quiet gentleman standing nearby in a hat and white blazer), will signal by making a gesture like this . . . well not exactly like this! (He always keeps his blazer on).
Or, if he makes a gesture like this, it means the bowler has taken one step too far
. . . and it’s ruled as a “no ball” . . . or a “free hit” to you and me . . . and I always enjoy free-hits!
And both arms held wide like this, signifies that the bats-person has whacked the ball so hard . . . and I do love whacking balls really, really hard . . . that it has scored a “six” (so obviously, that’s where “six of the best” has come from then!)
By the way, these white-boards-on-wheels that I’m standing in front of, are called Sight Screens and are to help us bats-people see the bowlers balls more clearly . . . they’ve cleverly thought of everything haven’t they!
So let’s leave the boundary and stroll out into the middle . . . as you can see, the covers are completely off . . . so they are not expecting a “sticky wicket” today.
But let me tell you . . . once I’ve enjoyed a few overs . . . things may get just a little sticky later on. And I don’t mean if rain stops play!!!
So there you have it . . . I do hope that my short introduction has given a
better appreciation of what is happening when you hear that wonderful sharp smacking sound . . . of bat on balls . . . whether it is on the local village green, or on this summer’s television screens.
There will probably be lots more whacking sights and sounds, to be found at
this week’s Sinful Sunday from gently smacking the lips below!
P.S. – I don’t think there is a “Cricket Pitch” category at
Jade’s fun Scavenger Hunt pages just yet, so I’m hoping that this may
start something new.
Xxx – K
A Modest Run Rate #sinfulsunday