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
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 turning sideways to try to deflect 
a 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 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. 

Beloved Husband  Justin Farthing 1929 – 2107

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, adding a very personal accolade.

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