Cricket, Lovely Cricket

The waiting is almost over and the premier cricket event of the year is about to start.

I refer, of course, to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2015 which start tomorrow. There are lots of mouth-watering fixtures to come over the next fortnight. We kick off against the UAE and the match next week between the USA and Jersey looks particularly tasty.

To be fair and given our weather at present, most of the games will probably be rained off so I may have to seek other entertainment.

There seems to be a match going on just now between England and some touring Colonial side. I suppose I could check it out.

10 thoughts on “Cricket, Lovely Cricket”

  1. The Ashes are spoiled by sledging, which is disallowed in less civilised games. Only the worst colonials do it but, as ever, the imperial power allows them to indulge their kindergarten tricks.

  2. I was thinking to my self this morning, “Cloudy sky, heavy showers, a lot cooler, must be the start of the Ashes series today!”

  3. Looks like England are playing the Ashes series as they left off the last one. Rabbits in the headlights comes to mind.

  4. Good morning Mr Mackie. Tomorrow I will be watching two great sides playing an ODI here in Harare. India is of course a leading cricketing nation and has been for many years. Zimbabwe is more famous for having produced the greatest ever (a subjective point of view) riposte to a sledge.

    Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath was bowling to Zimbabwe number 11 Eddo Brandes – who was just missing each ball. McGrath, frustrated, went to him and inquired: “Why are you so fat?” Quick as a flash, Brandes replied, “Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

    Of course Zimbabwe has produced some fine cricketers and coaches as well over the years. Graeme Hick, Duncan Fletcher, Andy and Grant Flower and Brendan Taylor. It is just a pity that we do not have a critical mass, or a political system, to make our team viable on the world's oval. But we will see what happens over the coming couple of weeks.

  5. I take it all back. Julia Gillard, Mel Gibson, Jason Donovan, Tony Abbot, Shane Warne, etc., your boys took a great whopping!

  6. Could we all please keep our eye on the ball here?

    A good win against the UAE. We follow that by losing to the bloody Dutch and then get smeared by the Afghans. It’s a disgrace.

    Moving on, an excellent victory for Nepal against the USA and I was delighted to see Jersey beating Hong Kong in the battle of the off-shore financial enclaves.

    I did, of course, cast a casual eye over the minor skirmish between our cousins from the immediate and the antipodean South. Game-changing drop by Haddin. What a pity. Never mind.

    Anyway, we’d better beat Kenya this Tuesday or it’s the first plane home for us. Except, of course, for the fact that we are already at home.

    As Christopher would tell you, if he was here, I blame Alex Salmond.

  7. Boycs, our least favourite pundit, is making a fresh bid for knighthood by praising A Cook as captain. What a price for him to pay!

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