There are five day test matches, List A and Twenty20 
 games with a limited number of overs for each side,
one day internationals and county games at The Oval 
 attract avid cricket fans travelling from worldwide.

There are two main types of bowling, seamers with a long
run up and the slower shorter distance spin,
  the captain taking time between overs, contemplating
strategies to help ensure that the team win.

The distinctive sound of the ball being hit cleanly over 
the white boundary line, adding six to the score,
a deep fielder stepping backwards, attempting to catch 
the seamed red leather ball with a cork core.

An away team’s batsman quickly turning sideways to try 
to deflect a wide curving ball into a sideways Pull,
the cricketing tradition of displaying the national colours 
of scarlet and black on a peaked cap made of wool.

The modern cricket bat has evolved from a hockey stick to 
a rectangular flat fronted blade made of white willow,
the players waiting to see if the bowling umpire calls “Time” 
as stormy rain clouds overhead begin to billow.

  Playing on a rolled emerald green pitch on a summer’s afternoon, 
opposing village teams dressed in traditional white,
for over four centuries cricket has been played, captured by 
many an artist, the scene a quintessential English sight.

Standing at the crease, the ball bouncing awkwardly, looking 
at the umpire’s arm position to see if it was wide,
holding the crystal Ashes Trophy aloft at the end of a close 
thrilling match, a matter of national pride.

Whether playing or watching village, county or international 
level, this compelling sport you loved so dear,
whenever I see a local match or hear a radio cricket commentary,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s joy of cricket as a professional or hobby.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, by funeral directors and add a very personal accolade.

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Please remember to check your spam/junk folder. The email will be sent as a PDF file. The 8 verse version will be sent as 2 A4 pages.

CARD – Printed on 240 gsm high quality linen textured white or ivory A4 card. The poem is placed in a protective cellophane wrapper and posted flat in a cardboard backed envelope (A4) or rolled in a tube (A3)/

Poems can be personalised with the names, dates and words of your choosing, up to a maximum of 50 characters (including spaces). 

Free First Class Delivery within the UK via Royal Mail.

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If this poem is read at a funeral service, please credit Poppyland Poet in the Order of Service.

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PRICES – including postage and packing

 Digital Download – 6 verses £11.95
 Digital Download – 8 verses £14.95
White A4 Print – 6 verses £14.95
Ivory A4 Print – 6 verses £14.95
White A3 Print – 8 verses £18.95
Ivory A3 Print – 8 verses £18.95

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