Monday, June 24, 2013

And we think NZ Cricket has problems?

Next to God and godliness there is sport and sportiness.Your humble blogger has much to be humble about, as a follower of NZ cricket. Our heads have hung in shame recently, with poor performances on the pitch and (apparently) management and governance issues off it. Meanwhile mighty Australian cricket has marched on triumphantly, avoiding our mistakes and failures ... no, wait, that is not true ...

If you thought NZ cricket has problems, spare a dollop of sympathy for the state of the play of the West Island and its cricket association.


Andrew Reid said...

Spare your sympathy until the series is finished, Peter. The English have a penchant for losing when everything is in their favour.

carl jacobs said...

Peter Carrel

West Island?

So I turned on my radio the other day, and thought I was listening to white noise. But it turned out to be a live broadcast of a Test Match.

"We interrupt our live broadcast of this Test Match to bring you a special news bulletin. Something has actually happened at the Test Match. We are switching now to our on-the-field reporter for details."

"Yes, Bob, it seems that the teams have decided to break for tea. Back to you."

"Well, that was fascinating. Certainly the most exciting news we have heard all day. This match certainly has the blood flowing, doesn't it?"

who is innocent as a baby lamb

Peter Carrell said...

Excellent, Carl!

Of such are the kingdom ...

Anonymous said...

Carl, Carl, you unregenerate colonial rebel:

were it not for that unpleasantness of 1775-81, aided and abetted by the perfidious Frogs, you would understand that cricket is an elaborate metaphor for life.

Christopher Martin Jenkins

Anonymous said...

My ancestors were not perfidious. Much.

I don't get watching cricket. But then I don't get watching golf either, which my dad was happy to do for hours.

I am however a passionate Kiwi-American convert to Aussie Rugby League!

And as far as metaphors for life go, what I want to know is why there are not way more monster truck rallies and professional wrestling shows on tv in NZ?

At least we get Nitro Circus out here now and then :)

Zane Elliott said...

for real sporting action you will have to try and get along to see Superstock teams racing.

Each team has a Team Manager who talks tactics with his team of drivers. Some drivers are nominated as runners who go all out for the win and others are blockers, usually in the stronger cars known as 'Tanks', who try to protect the runners by blocking and taking out the opposition cars. Tactics are understandably kept confidential but in most races these plans have to be quickly adapted to the changing face of the race. Drivers use race stoppages to look around and assess how the team is faring and the more experienced drivers are able to do this instinctively. Runners can become blockers and vice versa. Once a car completes the required race distance and receives the chequered flag, the remaining places are decided from transponder data and lap charts that record the number of laps completed by each car in the race. With so many points allocated to the winner, every effort is made by teams to get a driver over the line in first place.

Check it out here -

It may just satisfy some of your desire for monstertruck like destruction!

carl jacobs said...

crick·et noun ˈkri-kət

1. Any of a family (Gryllidae) of leaping orthopteran insects noted for the chirping notes produced by the male by rubbing together specially modified parts of the forewings

2. A British game adapted from the American game of baseball that is played with a ball and bat by two sides of usually 11 players each on a large field centering upon two wickets each defended by a batsman


Anonymous said...

Carl: that happened only on Bizarro World, where Eel E. Trebor led the March to the Sea and burned Mahtog.


Bryden Black said...

Carl; may be you have seen this before - but in case not ...

Cricket: As explained to an ignorant foreigner...

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!