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    To all my UK friends, and cricket fans everywhere: this question is not a joke. When someone writes a poem or song about cricket, do they usually rhyme “wicket” with “cricket?”

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    Originally posted by patrickq View Post
    To all my UK friends, and cricket fans everywhere: this question is not a joke. When someone writes a poem or song about cricket, do they usually rhyme “wicket” with “cricket?”
    It would be hard not to. It's complicated by the 'wicket' referring to different things in a match depending on the context: it can mean the three stumps with the two bails, the 22 yards of pitch between the two sets of stumps (as in batting on a sticky wicket, or a slightly wet pitch), and as that which is taken by the bowler when a batsman is dismissed. In baseball it's called an out I believe, or the number of outs, but in cricket it's wickets.

    Check out the Roy Harper song on YouTube, When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Pitch, easily my favourite cricket song.

    Glossary:
    'Geoff' is Geoffrey Boycott, a celebrated England and Yorkshire batsman. 'John' is John Snow, a celebrated bowler.

    'Silly mid-on' is a fielding position relative to the batsman currently facing the bowler. You can find a plan of cricket fielding positions on the interweb.
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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      Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
      Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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        #4
        There's a band called Duckworth Lewis Method who've made a while album of cricket songs....
        Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
        Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
          It would be hard not to. It's complicated by the 'wicket' referring to different things in a match depending on the context: it can mean the three stumps with the two bails, the 22 yards of pitch between the two sets of stumps (as in batting on a sticky wicket, or a slightly wet pitch), and as that which is taken by the bowler when a batsman is dismissed. [snip]
          I always thought it was a bail. Anyway, cricket sounds complicated! You know, you’re always welcome to play baseball instead,

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            #6
            Originally posted by patrickq View Post

            I always thought it was a bail. Anyway, cricket sounds complicated! You know, you’re always welcome to play baseball instead,
            I got into watching baseball in the 90s when Channel 5 here showed two live games late at night. I worked a lot of night shifts back then so I saw it quite a lot. I became a Cubs fan.
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            Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
            Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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              #7
              Originally posted by patrickq View Post

              I always thought it was a bail. Anyway, cricket sounds complicated! You know, you’re always welcome to play baseball instead,
              In 18something or other, Australia beat the English in a test match and a bail (the 2 bits of small wood that balance astride 3 vertical stumps, comprisin' the wickets) and a stump were burnt and given to the travellin' English captain in a small urn. The size of a salt shaker. He returned to England but later returned to marry the woman responsible. She burnt the articles as a Newspaper had written a satirical obituary for English cricket after the defeat. Quite a story and the reason both teams play for the "Ashes" every 2 years. Hope I've remembered correctly. The urn is kept in England despite mainly bein' held by us. But we're good sports about it! 😉

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                #8
                Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
                The urn is kept in England despite mainly bein' held by us. But we're good sports about it! 😉
                England held on to something that wasn’t theirs? Why have I never heard of this?? ; )

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by patrickq View Post
                  England held on to something that wasn’t theirs? Why have I never heard of this?? ; )
                  hhheheheheeee so true. Even the Pope has promised that the Vatican's Elgin Marbles will be returned to Greece. Soon.

                  This series is worth a look. Intelligent. Balanced. Fair. Love the title, " Stuff the British Stole" by the Australian Broadcast Commission and the Canadian Broadcast Commission. Narrated by Marc Fennel.

                  trailer: https://youtu.be/4nvNMNiTXa0

                  The Koh-I-Noor



                  The whole 27 minute episode 1 series 1

                  Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 12-18-2022, 07:44 PM.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
                    I became a Cubs fan.
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                    My heartfelt sympathies...

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                      #11
                      I had no idea what cricket was all about until I watched a documentary on Netflix that explained the rules.

                      I had a mild shock when it was mentioned that matches could last *days*!!!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by michelforest View Post
                        I had no idea what cricket was all about until I watched a documentary on Netflix that explained the rules.

                        I had a mild shock when it was mentioned that matches could last *days*!!!
                        It's meant to. We just beat South Africa in under 2 days. On a bowler friendly green top at The Gabba in Brisbane. Was lookin' forward to 5 hard, competitive days. 😫

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
                          I got into watching baseball in the 90s when Channel 5 here showed two live games late at night. I worked a lot of night shifts back then so I saw it quite a lot. I became a Cubs fan.
                          Originally posted by michelforest View Post
                          My heartfelt sympathies...
                          My wife’s favorite team. Though often not the best team… sometimes not even the best in their city lol. But lovable.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by patrickq View Post
                            My wife’s favorite team. Though often not the best team… sometimes not even the best in their city lol. But lovable.
                            The first baseball game I saw was Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles. It was the season when Mark Maguire hit all his home runs. 1997?

                            I picked the Cubs because of Sara Paretsky and her fictional detective V.I. Warshawski being a fan, books I started reading in the early 90s.
                            Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                            Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by patrickq View Post
                              My wife’s favorite team. Though often not the best team… sometimes not even the best in their city lol. But lovable.
                              At least, they won the world series after more than a century!

                              Anyway, I'm hardly in a position to make fun of a baseball team: I used to be an Expos fan, until they moved to Washington...

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