Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Column 15 - Thrashing or nailbiter?

Printed in The Cricket Paper, issue 64 070813

This was an interesting one, as I had to file (submit, hand in; think homework) at lunch on the fifth day of the third Test at Old Trafford, when Australia were on top with England yet again 30-3, so all three results were still possible, and at that time it wasn’t raining. I had written different set-ups for win lose or draw, but in the end went for a general one, where the point stands whatever the result. Which is actually probably better.

When I started doing this column, the idea was to make it like the book but vaguely or sporadically topical. I always intended to use what happens in my cricket to draw parallels and distinctions with what’s happening in pro cricket, or just to highlight general cricketing truths that are true across the board. The only caveat the editors gave me was don’t do match reports. People in Sheffield and Somerset don’t care about the minutiae of Hampshire Regional Division Two West, unless it makes a wider point about the game in general. They were right, of course. This is the closest I’ve got to a match report. I think I got away with it. I won’t get this close again. But it was a hell of a game. The last paragraph ties it all up and allows the indulgence. Just. Close one.

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