There are five day test matches with players in vivid colours, List A
and Twenty20 games with a limited number of overs for each side,
one day internationals and county games at Britain’s premier ground
The Oval, attract enthusiastic cricket fans travelling from worldwide.
There are two main types of bowling in cricket, high speed seamers
with a long run up and the slower shorter distance technical spin,
the battling team’s captain taking time between overs, contemplating
different defensive strategies to help ensure that the team win.
The distinctive sound of the ball being hit cleanly over the carefully
painted white boundary line, adding six to the current score,
a deep fielder preparing for the next shot, stepping backwards,
attempting to catch the seamed red leather ball with a cork core.
An away team’s batsman turning sideways to try to deflect a curving
ball away from the wooden wickets by hitting a sideways Pull,
the bygone cricketing tradition of displaying the national colours of
scarlet red and black on a peaked sectioned cap made of wool.
The cricketing great W G Grace played using the new style of bat,
a rectangular flat fronted blade made of sculpted white willow,
the players waiting to see if the bowling umpire calls “Time” as
droplets of rain fall from grey clouds just beginning to billow.
Standing at the crease, the ball bouncing awkwardly to the left, looking
at the white coated umpire’s arm position to see if it was wide,
the winning team proudly holding the distinctive crystal Ashes Trophy
aloft at the end of a close exciting match, a matter of national pride.
Enjoying the leisurely rhythm of a local match wearing traditional
white trousers and jumper at a match played in early May,
nothing beats playing in a friendly challenging game on a pristine
pitch, on a quintessential warm bright summer’s day.
Happy Birthday John love from Sally
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