Thursday, February 28, 2008

[cricket] questioned by a lady

Here's a lady going places. Get ye over to Nunyaa and peruse her take on cricket terminology. Brian Johnson eat yer heart out.

Firstly, Wiki quotes Brian:

In one famous incident during a Test match at the Oval, Jonathan Agnew suggested that Ian Botham was out hit wicket because had failed to "get his leg over." Johnston carried on commentating (and giggling) for 30 seconds before dissolving into helpless laughter.

Among his other gaffes, when Neil Harvey was representing Australia at the Headingley Test in 1961, was, "There's Neil Harvey standing at leg slip with his legs wide apart, waiting for a tickle."

The oft cited quote: "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey," allegedly occurred when Michael Holding of the West Indies was bowling to Peter Willey of England in a Test match at the Oval in 1976. Johnston claimed not to have noticed saying anything odd during the match, and that he was only alerted to his gaffe by a letter from "a lady" named "Miss Mainpiece"

And here's Nunya:

I mean who wields his virgin wood waiting to see the first cherry ? What is with all the ball tweaking and dead balls , how many maidens are bowled over? Kind of like foreplay when the bowler makes a fast approach and doesnt follow through correctly and the batter has a pull shot.

Nunyaa also puzzles over some of the other terminology:

dead balls- called when a bowler aborts his run up without making a delivery, called when a batsmen attempt to run leg-byes after the ball has struck the batsman's body, but is deemed to have not offered a shot.

If you've ever wanted to understand cricket, this is your gal.


Selena Dreamy said...

If you've ever wanted to understand cricket, this is your gal.

Cricket seems not only stranger than fiction, but much more controversial, and to hell with the fact that the catches you never make provoke hostility from most of the public and the media...

This is no small sacrifice for a sport with such limited options.


More bicep pics please James!And please direct me back to last one.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Selena - quite possibly.

Uber - where's your nightdress photo first, dearest?


hahaha, I don't own a night dress.
I wear a crop top to bed and given I wear no bottoms, I can hardly add that to your collection.

Body pics please James!

jmb said...

Well I grew up with this terminology as we listened to the test cricket on the radio, since we did not have TV in Australia until 1956 and we did not own one until 1960. I can't believe now that the commenters made it interesting enough for us to listen, but they somehow they did.
Well I guess the third man is a recent addition to the lexicon.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm with uber: biceps, not cricket!

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