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Cricketing Heroes [Aug. 26th, 2019|09:20 am]
Tony Grist
I'd been listening to the Test Match all morning and feeling guilty about it so I went out and paid a meaningless pastoral visit on someone or other- just so I could say I'd done some work in the course of the day- and that's how I missed Ian Botham's legendary, match winning innings at the Headingley Ashes Test of 1981.

Yesterday I missed another match winning performance at Headingly in an Ashes Test. This time it was Ben Stokes who was waving the magic wand. England had made 67 in their first innings and Australia was cruising to a well-earned victory when Stokes who had played carefully and defensively the day before began to hit out. At least this time I wasn't taking tea with random parishioners but rushing round the garden with my great nieces- all of us armed with water pistols- which was even better fun than witnessing cricketing history being made.

Stokes is the new Botham- a buccaneering talent of a kind that comes along once every half century. Meanwhile Botham himself is still with us, appearing in TV ads for medical appliances. You sit in your armchair- like so- with your socks off and your feet on this vibrating plate thing and it makes you feel so much better...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-08-26 08:59 am (UTC)
Yep, my bro watched the whole event yesterday. I am indifferent to it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-26 09:25 am (UTC)
My interest in cricket dwindled when they took the Test Matches off terrestrial TV, but I've never stopped hoping for the next Botham to come along- and now it seems like he has.
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[User Picture]From: coming42
2019-08-26 11:47 am (UTC)
It was a remarkable performance from a remarkable cricketer. I watched every ball, every run, every wicket, every emotion. I won't forget it for a long time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-26 03:38 pm (UTC)
I've been reading what the experts say. Boycott- who I love in spite of everything- says it was the greatest single performance he's seen in 50 years of playing and spectating.
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[User Picture]From: coming42
2019-08-26 06:05 pm (UTC)
I have been listening to or watching test cricket since the late 50s and I have to agree with Boycott.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-26 07:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't been paying such close attention but I can't think of a more spectacular performance or such an unlikely win.
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-08-26 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh yes.... that thing. I've seen it I think on the telly. Or maybe it's something different?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-26 03:35 pm (UTC)
Cricket, you mean?

It's always puzzled me that the USA doesn't play cricket or soccer- which are the top team sports in most of the rest of the world.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-08-26 05:14 pm (UTC)
Actually the USA is getting further and further into soccer (football). But for us, at least for ME right now it's all U.S. (Tennis) Open.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-26 05:41 pm (UTC)
Of course, the Open!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-08-26 05:43 pm (UTC)
Missing Andy Murray this year...I wore my "Vamos Rafa" hat today as I went about my business.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-26 07:07 pm (UTC)
Is Murray playing doubles?
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-08-26 07:18 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-08-26 11:39 pm (UTC)
The USA plays soccer, but not cricket. Neither does Canada... hm.
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