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The Cricket Page

You probably think this page owes its genesis to the Ashes series of 2005 and 2009, don't you? Well, you're right. But besides a celebration of these events in five Testing stanzas apiece of light verse that I have had the temerity to call It's only a game and Ashes from Ashes, there are some cricketing cartoons, a rogues' gallery for both the 2005 series, links to some varied cricket sites, and a chance to hear Brian Johnston famously getting his leg over in 1991. I have even added something (I can only bring myself to add pictures,sorry) for the 2006/7 series.


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It's only a game

                                 The bowlers bowled like Lucifers in Lords,
                                 but our batsmen just had to go and fall on their swords
                                 when McGrath gave a warning and Warnie McGra'd
                                 and a brett name of Brat Lee bounced really quite hard.
                                 The in-laws from Oz stroked their keyboard and purred
                                 - gloated would be the more accurate word.
                                 We tried to explain it was only a game,
                                 but the men from Down Under were quite glad they came.

                                 Then it was off to the Midlands to play on that pitch
                                 where the Windies put the wind up and made England twitch.
                                 But that was the nineties, now with no trouble at all
                                 Freddie Flintoffed with both bat and and with ball.
                                 Now the airwaves from Perth were still as the grave
                                 although their tail-enders played full well and brave.
                                 They might say it was only a game:
                                 they would when the Oz star is fast on the wane.

                                 Third Test and KP dropped catches like he was on the wrong side,
                                 and Hoggie-Hoggie-Hoggie bowled wide-wide-wide.
                                 Tricky Ricky played his 'Get Out of Jail Free';
                                 the Army went barmy when Harmie struck he.
                                 It's one thing to be sledged by electronic mail
                                 but a rain-dance in Perth was beyond the pale.
                                 You might say that 'it's only a game',
                                 but surely they should do something to cancel that rain.

                                 No balls at Nottingham brought no joy for Oz
                                 and the boys followed on, and all just because
                                 for once the Fair Warnie didn't find enough spin.
                                 though even Hoggie-Hoggie got swing-swing-swing.
                                 The e-mails blamed Ricky; the newspapers too
                                 but there's only so much that a captain can do.
                                 It's got to be wrong to call it a game:
                                 a three-inch thick catheter wouldn't cause so much pain.

                                 Last Test at The Oval, the series two-one.
                                 KP swung his bat and The Ashes were won.
                                 The weather was the feather in the England caps:
                                 (it's no good wearing sunnies, you Australian chaps).
                                 That rain-dance in Perth must have worked late -
                                 not too much cricket but we thought it was great.
                                 How can they say that it's only a game?
                                 'The promised land' would be a more appropriate name.

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Ashes from Ashes

                                 Cardiff hosted its very first test
                                 but you couldn't say England played at their best
                                 when the Physio ran on just for a laugh
                                 and Oz wickets were six to nineteen-and-a-half.
                                 But you have to get twenty to call it a win
                                 so Ricky could only bear it and grin.
                                 It drove the in-laws from Oz right round the bend
                                 when they woke to see bowlers bat to the end.

                                 First innings at Lords and the openers remembered their task
                                 was to score more than the bowlers - not much to ask.
                                 In the second the middles displayed no death-wish
                                 to serve up their wickets to Oz on a dish.
                                 But this time the bowlers were stars of the show;
                                 they swung and they skittled and Oz had to go.
                                 You'd swear they'd lost not a Test but the Earth
                                 when they broke off electronic contact from Perth.

                                 Not much to say about Brum except 'look at the rain':
                                 it fell on day one and day three once again.
                                 And the cricket was a little bit tit, a little bit tat;
                                 our bowlers swung the ball but Oz swung the bat.
                                 Strauss played another captain's innings
                                 for a time we even thought that we were winning.
                                 There wasn't anything worth an e-mail missive,
                                 sharp or pointed or else dismissive.

                                 Then at Leeds after Fred's knees and Prior's back spasm
                                 England found themselves gazing into a chasm.
                                 It seemed that the nineties had come back to haunt us:
                                 with not only batsmen but the bowlers to taunt us.
                                 Some twonks were calling for Ramprakash back
                                 but we were only desperate; our brains hadn't gone slack.
                                 Most of Oz found itself floating on wings
                                 but we agreed the opera ain't over 'til the Oval lady sings.

                                 Last test and in the first innings Oz batsmen
                                 played as if they were pinky-patsmen.
                                 But in the second they found some true steel
                                 'til our bowlers and keeper made them get real.
                                 So then it was over, the Ashes quite gone
                                 (spiritually and physically the urn had come home).
                                 And since then I've heard not a peep-o from Perth;
                                 they'll rule at Oz Rules and give Tests a wide berth.

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Cricketing Cartoons


The Cricketer, May 7, 1903
People and things we don't like
The batsman who is never bowled without making an ass of himself.


SAFETY FIRST
Cartoon by Tony Grogan, January 8, 2003
Drawn to my attention by Darryn van der Walt and Ivor Markman


Cartoon by Peter Nicholson of The Australian newspaper

I am grateful to Tony Grogan and Peter Nicholson for their permission to use these. The cartoons appeared on the:
St. George's Park
and the Nicholson Cartoons web sites.
Both are well worth having a look at.

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Brian Johnston Gets His Leg Over

Stop it Aggers!

HEAR Johnners getting his leg over. EXCLUSIVE!
It's not really exclusive - it's on the BBC site.

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Rogue's Gallery for 2005
Run your mouse over the pictures of the players to see what they're saying or what is being said about them.

The Winning Rogues
How many fingers do I have up? What do you mean I'm supposed to catch it? My name is NOT Michael URN. It's Michael VAUGHAN. Who's this Freddie they keep shouting for? Is he one of those subs? Hoggie! Hoggie! Hoggie! What's he doing here?

The Losing Rogues
Do I have to get ALL the wickets AND all the runs AND be captain as well? Who did you say was Flintoff's bunny? I've been refused an entry visa for Australia. Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it's breaking. What's all this about substitute fielders? Remember me?

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The 2006/7 Ashes Series

Now, you can hardly expect me to give equal weight to this series as to that of 2005. But, in the interest of maintaining some sort of balance I have reluctantly recorded this by two pictures. Don't ask for more: I'm still sulking. Until NEXT time...
Run your mouse over the pictures to get a careful and in-depth analysis of what went wrong in 2006/7 and what we can do about it.

Is this a cutting from a December, 2006 newspaper? Change the date and place and it could be.     How about him for our next captain?

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Cricketing Links

There are some varied sites here.

BBC Cricket
Channel 4 Cricket
Cricket in America
Cricket in Horror Films
Cricket for Novices
Cricket Sounds
Cricket Web
Glamorgan Cricket
Indian Cricket
Lord of the Rings and Cricket
Lords' Taverners

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Another Other
Light Verse
Sports Reports
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