A Flurry of Cricket

The bowler approached the wicket at a lope, a trot, and then a run. He suddenly exploded in a flurry of arms and legs, out of which flew a ball.
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Three days of Christmas in Tarin Kot, at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012.
Australian and U.S. staff play cricket as part of three days of Christmas in Tarin Kot, at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

10 thoughts on “A Flurry of Cricket”

  1. I though Crickets were fish bate. Judy’s company played a few games of cricket with her Indian counterparts who were here for classes. It was my first time watching the game…until I fell asleep.

    1. Cricket has an interesting look to it, not that I understand it at all. What is all this running around with the bat? (I seem to remember the batters running with the bat. I could be wrong.)

  2. Halliburton has lots of foreign employees here in OK, and many of them play cricket. I played with them once. I don’t quite get it, but I can outfield fairly well.

  3. I always thought it was a combination of baseball and croquet if you can imagine that…too boring for American sensibilities….and not something I watched while living there…even an hour of American football on Sundays without commercials and replays was oftentimes preferable….k

  4. I thought it was a silly game until I played it regularly in England & New Zealand. They don’t call them “Test Matches” for nothing. How can you not smile at a game that has positions called “Silly Mid Off” & Silly Mid On?” (Why it’s “silly” – imagine a 3rd Baseman standing 10 feet from Steve Trout in the batter’s box while the pitcher hustles up a heater to him.) Get in the crease against the West Indies or the Paki’s and you’ll know why the batsman wears all that protective gear. Being served tea at your position on the pitch is damned civilized I’d say Old Top – oy?

  5. Cricket is not for the faint hearted…

    The following link to an explanation of the noble game of cricket, which has been articulated and written by jeff Tucker, an American. It is very well explained, and just like the game of cricket it does go on a bit.

    If you do not have the time to peruse the link; the second option is to open a can of varnish, and with a two inch paint brush place a thick even layer of varnish on a piece of 4 x 4.

    Then sit back with a cup of coffee and watch the varnish dry…


    Yours Aye.

    1. My coffee is cold and the varnish is still wet. I TRIED reading that. I am sorry, but I did not get past the first few paragraphs. This make me like Baseball again.

      1. Mark, Just to get your head around the equipment used will require coffee through an intravenous drip on continual feed for three days!

        Its why I played Rugby, the punishment was far easier to take; rather than suffer the mental cruelty of cricket…


  6. Lou: Very interesting. I did not know Halleeburton is out in God’s country.
    Kris: Good explanation of cricket. Baseball and croquet.
    Struan: Silly Mid Off? I love it.
    EB: Honestly, cricket is a little complex. Of course, baseball (which I think very easy) perplexes many folks.
    mark: I agree. . .

    1. Earl P. Halliburton started right here in Duncan, OK. I guess you would say that Duncan is the birthplace of the Halliburton company. Although there is still a large Halliburton presence here, Duncan is not the center for oil production like Houston or Dubai.

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