Sunday, April 15, 2007

Following the Cricket

Australia and New Zealand have confirmed their places in the semi-finals. If you're having trouble telling your backward square leg from your silly mid off, then here's something to help.

And if you neither knew nor cared that the Cricket World Cup is in full swing in the West Indies, then you might like to start here:

7 comments:

Peter said...

Only a game named after an insect could come up with such interesting and imaginative, diverse names for a perfectly flat expanse of grass with little or no field markings...

The gully, slips, silly mid off. It all seems pretty silly to me.

You've got to love it...

Peter said...

What happened? The England innings against South Africa read like a high school 2nd 11 match.

5-0 after 5 overs, an appalling run rate of one...
28-1 after 10 overs, and the run rate has climbed to a dismal 2.8
64-3 after 20 overs, and the run rate barely breaks 3
And it hovers there until they're bowled out for 154

Next time, please send the national woman's team...

james higham said...

We had an indoor cricket team named Silly Point. Guess where I always fielded? That's where they hid me.

Ruthie said...

Cricket bewilders me.

Colin Campbell said...

Ruthie

There are a number of cricket "experts" in Blogpower, one of the side benefits of membership. This post is about all you really need to know.

Very funny. I am watching Australia bash the New Zealanders around the park as I write this. They look pretty comfortable after Hayden's third century of this World Cup.

Onyx Stone said...

Watching the scorecard as Australia hammer s New Zealand, it's pretty hard to see how anyone is going to beat Australia this tournament.

(I know NZ just beat them 3 - 0 before the World Cup, but that seems to account for little right now.)

The trouble is Australia always has another gear to move into, and they know how to find it. They obviously took NZ seriously. Look at the batting line-up. Symonds moved back down to 6th. They turned it up, and every one of them can bat. (Not like England who carry their big names on past form.)

NZ must have seen a ray of hope catching Gilchrist early, but not much joy after that.

I'd say the other three sides in the semis are hoping for anyone but Australia in their semi. Then hoping for some miracle that the Auzzies get beat and so don't appear in the final. Fat chance.

Peter said...

When does the real sport start?

Roll on the Rugby World Cup...