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Listening to cricket — 7 Comments

  1. I remember working with English and NZ people who’d have BBCRadio4 on just to listen to the cricket. It was always a mystery to me. And something that I found to be an ideal sport for the passive aggressive.
    It was only with a NZ guy telling me about the West Indies and their short to the head bowling style that I realised it had an interesting history.
    Did you know that in the 1850 there was more teams in Tipperary, than Hampshire, lost to the GAA. And Kilkenny had a more than a few too. I think pretty much any large farm slash estate supported a team. Makes you wonder if it wasn’t a game with a wider spread and perhaps deeper in history than it’s home in Maida Vale would suggest.
    Have you encountered Road Boweling in Co. Cork. I suspect that is a variant.

  2. Cricket is a complete sub-culture! I must admit to having frequently listened to commentary where the game being played was almost incidental to reminiscence and discussion.

    RTE Radio ran a feature a few years ago on cricket in 19th Century Ireland. It seems the strongest hurling counties were once the cricketing areas – I suppose the focus would have been on sports that drove out the “foreign games.”

    I have only seen road bowling once, a Sunday morning in May near Clonakilty about fifteen years ago. It seemed to demand a lot of co-ordination, strength and skill (and is probably illegal!).

  3. I waas thinking more the awareeness and understanding of ‘spin’ that would be requuirred to roound corners and likening it to spin bowling. The hurling areas are the Marcher areas. Awkward sods were put there by both sides.

    Sorry new kkkey board bluettootheed to the tablet. Too many oor doesn’t print the letter at all. 1st world issues eh.

  4. I hadn’t thought about the wrist action in both spin bowling and road bowling. Leg spin bowling is the most extraordinary physical accomplishment

  5. In the East you has slingers, a la the young David who would pound an advancing phalanx with fist sized stones. I expect the bowling is the hand delivered version. The batting on the other hand I’ve no clue. ‘Tis hard to see someone standing bare legged with a lump of wood to whack a rounded stone. But there’s no doubt a belt of a cricket ball would do damage to a shin, never mind what a stone would do.

  6. My particular favourite was having TMS on all through the night – waking every so often to listen to the score and the stories from West Indies and Australia particularly

    The crackling sound of 198 longwave never bothered me. My wife purchased an internet radio for a present – I don’t think she was equally ambivalent to the crackling (or cricket)

    For an enjoyable 83 minutes – http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2011/0324/646666-irish-cricket-ireland-icc-world-cup-2007-cwc-07/

  7. I remember the 2007 World Cup vividly!

    I am sorry it is no longer possible to listen to 198 Long Wave in most of Ireland. The swearing by the Guerilla Cricket commentators was enough to make me turn it off.

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