Cricket,The Bearded Man explores Cricket: It all started with this email from our friend John Midgley: I’m thinking of getting a bunch of people together to play cricket for fun on a Sunday.Either with kids or without… Whatever the consensus is. Please reach out to other cricket friends and lets see if we can get a good turn out? Several of us chimed in interest to play with very little clue of the rules of the sport or how it’s played. In response the very kind chaps who are familiar with the sported attempted to explain it. Paul Kamzelas takes a stab at it.
CRICKET is the only sport that incorporates meal breaks. It is the only sport that shares its name with an insect. It is the only sport in which spectators burn as many calories as players — more if they are moderately restless. It is the only competitive activity of any type, other than perhaps baking, in which you can dress in white from head to toe and be as clean at the end of the day as you were at the beginning.
So, imagine a form of baseball in which the pitcher, after each delivery, collects the ball from the catcher and walks slowly with it out to center field; and that there, after a minute’s pause to collect himself, he turns and runs full tilt toward the pitcher’s mound before hurling the ball at the ankles of a man who stands before him wearing a riding hat, heavy gloves of the sort used to handle radioactive isotopes, and a mattress strapped to each leg. Imagine moreover that if this batsman fails to hit the ball in a way that heartens him sufficiently to try to waddle forty feet with mattresses strapped to his legs, he is under no formal compunction to run; he may stand there all day, and as a rule, does. If by some miracle he is coaxed into making a mis-stroke that leads to his being put out, all the fielders throw up their arms in triumph and have a hug. Then tea is called and everyone retires happily to a distant pavilion to fortify for the next siege. Now imagine all this going on for so long (A ‘Test Match’ can go for a week) that by the time the match concludes autumn has crept in and all your library books are overdue. words by Paul Kamzelas
Note: If you are familiar with the sport, we’d love to hear your take on it in our comments section. We are Americans and have played baseball all of our lives, but are fascinated with the similarities in both sports.