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Who will win The Ashes Series?

Poll ended at Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:04 pm

Australia
2
29%
England
5
71%
 
Total votes : 7

Postby petethegreek » Sat Aug 06, 2005 7:36 pm

Loks like its gonna b 1-1 in the cricket.
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Postby rotate » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:52 am

Saint Jimmy wrote:Can someone explain the rules of cricket to me, in as simple terms as possible?


Dispite being hit on the head by a cricket ball (wood covered in leather, travelling at speeds in excess of 100mph) I've never lost my enthusiasm for the great game. In common with most gentlemen, players and spectators I really do'nt know the rules of the game. But the following may help if you are forced to watch. :cry:

In England and Wales a summer game so always dress for winter.

The pain of being a spectator is reduced by drinking copious amounts of beer, preferably warm when the weathers hot, ice cold when its snowing.

Always applaud the other side, especially when they've just trounced your team, this is called sportsmanship and allows you to feel good although all you really want to do is slash the other teams bus tyres.

No cricket match is complete as a spectator sport unless you manage to get at least half an hours sleep during the match.

The most important cricket expression to remember is 'Howzat', you must stand on your seat and shout this out if a) the ball is caught b) if the ball hits the wicket (3 wooden sticks stuck in the ground with a smaller stick balanced on top) c) if the ball is hit by the batsman into the spectators, you may just possibly be excused from shouting 'Howzat' if the ball hits you!

Other nationalities take the game very seriously and for some strange reason actually play to win, this never ceases to amaze the English and Welsh Cricket Board. :?

Apart from the readily known Countries that play the great game there are a couple of surprise participants, :o

Greece, Crete only (Always knew the Cretans were tough!)
Holland (Maybe its because of the beer)
France (Perhaps trying to find out what makes perfideous Albion tick)
Argentina (Revenge for the Falklands/Malvinas)
Canada (Finally got fed up with playing rounders, sorry baseball)
USA (Go'es with English Muffins, whatever they are? The game is being used to rehabilitate LA street gangs)
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Postby cannedmoose » Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:19 pm

England win by 2 runs!!! 1-1 in the series :D :D :D :D
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Postby petethegreek » Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:03 pm

cannedmoose wrote:England win by 2 runs!!! 1-1 in the series :D :D :D :D


And people think cricket is boring!

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Postby cannedmoose » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:18 pm

petethegreek wrote:And people think cricket is boring!

:D


Anyone who thinks test cricket is boring after watching that match deserves to be hit round the head with a large lump of willow...
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Postby Alexis » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:05 pm

Let's be honest though. The only REALLY interesting bit was the last hour of play or so, when it started to like like Australia might win.
Having said that, in terms of 'emotional rollercoaster' stakes that was probably the best test match I have followed.

PS: Notice I say 'followed' since watching test matches is almost impossible unless you are actually at the ground in which case, as someone's already pointed out, you spend more time drinking and heckling the poor bowler fielding at the boundary rope than actually watching the match.
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Postby demetriou_74 » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:08 pm

Alexis wrote:heckling the poor bowler fielding at the boundary rope than actually watching the match.


we used to watch barnet play. throwing lolly pops, burgers, pennies and go knows what else at their keeper.

will make a thread about heckling/stand up comedy.
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Postby cannedmoose » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:09 pm

Come on Alexi re, the first day was a corker... 407 runs in a day, that's virtually unknown in test cricket.
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Postby cannedmoose » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:09 pm

demetriou_74 wrote:
Alexis wrote:heckling the poor bowler fielding at the boundary rope than actually watching the match.


we used to watch barnet play. throwing lolly pops, burgers, pennies and go knows what else at their keeper.

will make a thread about heckling/stand up comedy.


You must have been some throw to get a coin to hit their wicket keeper... unless you're talking about that working-class game soccer... :P
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Postby Alexis » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:15 pm

Come on Alexi re, the first day was a corker... 407 runs in a day, that's virtually unknown in test cricket.


Yeah, I'll give you that. 407 runs in what was actually less than a day is completely unknown. It used to be that 407 runs in your first innings virtually guaranteed you a draw. That was back in the days when it would take the best of two days to get those runs.
Give me 20-20 anyday.
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