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Caerdydd Day Four: Amateur Hour

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 12, 2009 - 8:56pm

It's one thing for us armchair nincompoops to take the piss whenever a bowler concedes his hundred runs for the innings. For the bowlers themselves to make light of the occasion with the full complicity of the captain, as we saw at the Gerddi Soffia on Saturday, was ridiculous.

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Caerdydd Day Three: It's all happening (in Worcester)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 11, 2009 - 1:11pm

Two days left, Australia will not lose at the Gerddi Soffia. They might win. I'm backing the Welsh weather gods (if they have any).

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Caerdydd Day Two: Like peaches and cream, Ponting and Katich, KP and News of the World

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 10, 2009 - 1:40pm

It was a day that saw Simon Katich become the first player to score a Test hundred in Cymru. Ricky Ponting notched his 38th Test hundred, and inflatable kangaroos were held aloft everywhere when he passed 11,000 Test career runs. (Except, of course, that exactly 100 of those runs were scored against the ICC World XI in that ghastly Super Series aberration of October 2005.)

Caerdydd Day One: If he only had a brain (KP that is, not MJ)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 9, 2009 - 3:17pm

Your team is 241 for 4, twenty overs till stumps on the first day. You are one of the senior players in your team. You are 69 not out. The opposition bowler pitches a slow ball short and about two metres wide of off stump. Do you:

  1. Leave it alone?
  2. Take two steps down to the pitch of the ball and smash it to the cover fence for four?
  3. Keep your feet still, stretch as far as you can to pull the ball off the cue-end of the bat lofting it to the on-side?
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The Harmison reduction plan versus bing timeout

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 8, 2009 - 7:55pm

It's about to start. The cricketing rivalry that matters more than any other. Do we call the First Test England versus Australia or Australia versus England? How can the Poms claim a match staged in the neighbouring country of Cymru as a home game?

Abyssinia Warnie (revised and updated 2009 edition)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on May 22, 2009 - 11:46pm

With the Rajasthan Royals' loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders in a refreshingly low-scoring Twenty20 clash on Wednesday night, the cricketing career of Shane Warne appears to have drawn to a close. Again.

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