Thursday, 2 September 2010

OK, then, about that sunburn and scoring...


On 1st September I learnt:
  • If you keep changing your mind about which bag to take when going out for the day to watch a cricket match, do make sure you transfer ALL the contents of the old bag into the new. Don't, whatever you do, leave the sunscreen in the front pocket of the old bag, only to realise on arrival at the cricket ground that it's clearly going to be one of the  hottest days of the summer and you have no sun protection because it's still sitting at home neatly packed into the bag you didn't bring.
  • In cricket, nothing can happen. And nothing can go on happening for long periods of time. (We saw one run in the first half hour of play.)
  • But it can then get exciting all of a sudden - especially when there's a run out with a finely judged throw at the stumps, and you're sitting in line with the stumps so can see the whole thing clearly!
  • Don't turn round at the very moment said run out occurs, as you will miss it. (Poor The Doctor.)
  • How to score a cricket match, all the notation, etc.
  • That scoring a cricket match properly is HARD!!
  • But it does help to keep me focussed on the match...
  • It's even harder when you try to eat your lunch at the same time as scoring.
  • You can go onto the pitch during the lunch and tea breaks when it's a lowly level county match. So it was a good idea to bring our own bat and ball along.
  • The Children are not exactly natural sportsmen.
  • I make a darn good picnic!
  • It's so lovely to spend time together as a family doing something we enjoy (me, The Doctor, The Mother, The Mother-in-Law, The Father-in-Law) or that we'll at least tolerate as long as we're allowed to bring a book along (The Children)...
Today, I will remember the lesson that in cricket, lots of nothing can happen.

11 comments:

Mary B said...

That made me smile and a brilliant way to record the nothingness of Cricket lol

scrappyjacky said...

Yep...cricket means nothingness to me as well.

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a lovely post! I can imagine the whole day from your lessons learned. There's also scorekeeping in baseball (beyond simply recording the number of runs). I am often the official scorekeeper for DS's team, but will keep my own book when I'm not (just to keep me interested in the game).
Rinda

Ruth said...

I think you've just captured the essence of Shimelle's class perfectly. A brilliant start. x

Smeepee said...

You've been really busy learning - but I love the cricket one. Except I say that to my other half about football! :)

Ladkyis said...

Ooooh good start!

Clair said...

I can't believe that you've only just learnt that particular lesson. The Steve and I have known that for years! :)

Gez said...

Fabulous lessons learned Mel! Thanks for sharing.xx & don't forget the suncream next time! Hope you found some shade.xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I know squat about cricket. I'm not even sure what a stump is or a run out.

baseball though...lots and lots of nothing happens in baseball all the time. Almost as boring as golf.

Amy said...

I love listening to the cricket on the radio - it is so boring it is soothing! ;-) Actually, I prefer cricket to football of any sort but current goings on don't fare well for the men in white!

Regarding your issues with forgetting sunscreen .... we have several bottles placed in all sorts of places to avoid getting burnt - maybe not such a problem over there but a BIG deal if you forget here!

Karen said...

That's a lot to learn in one day!