The campaign for real sledging – or why there is a problem with moronic chatter

I have a confession.  I quite enjoy a little sledging.  If the fielding team decide to criticise my batting technique (and I give them plenty of scope for that!) I am generally quite happy to play along.

There is no point getting annoyed, or distracted.  A quick response and, 99 times out of 100, back to the game.

As a bowler, I see nothing wrong in letting a batsman know when I think he is lucky still to be at the crease.

And it is a game (at Club level) and I really believe that a little banter doesn’t hurt it.

For the pros, I guess there is “mental disintegration” as deployed by the Aussies (when they were good enough to win without resorting to this, but played the game any way).

I do believe there is a place for “verbals”on the cricket pitch.

But that does not include the inappropriate, unfunny, just plain boorish chatter, that we sometimes have to endure in the name of “sledging”.

My own pet hates and worst “sledges”

  • “He’s only got one shot” or “he can only play {insert stroke here}” – especially, as I heard it recently, to a batsman who had just cut three consecutive long hops to the boundary, and missed a fourth…what stroke would you like?
  • “more blocks than Lego” – (possibly) funny once, but not any more.
  • “wicket ball!”
  • “your man”
  • and anything with “buddy”…

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Over rates – part 2

One of our Club XIs was missing both skipper and vice a couple of weeks ago, and I was asked to stand-in for the day.  After my post on dilatory over rates back in July, I had the unexpected opportunity to see if the Teesra could get a team through its overs at a decent rate.

First innings – 51 overs in a little over 3 hours (17 overs/hour); second innings – 25 overs in 90 minutes (before the final hour’s play – a touch under 17 overs/hour).

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Over rates – why does everything take so long?

When I started this blog, I set myself a little (unwritten) rule.  I would never write “it was better in the old days”…

So I am going to struggle with this next post…but here we go.

Why is the Club game so slow these days?  It wasn’t like this when I was a lad.

(I said it was an unwritten rule.  Now it is broken.)

I umpired a game last Sunday.  40 Overs a side.  Start time was 1 PM.  And we finally got in to tea at twenty to five.

Continue reading Over rates – why does everything take so long?