Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A Good Innings

On our way past Poolside, the home of Haverigg Cricket Club we noticed a full car park and a crowd one afternoon last September so we went to investigate and found the final of the Cumbria Cup in full flow.  This was the first innings with Barrow winning the toss and opting to field.  Here the Barrow wicket keeper is catching the ball and trying to keep the run rate down however

Workington proceeded to hit the ball around the ground with impunity.  We left to continue our walk but the rest of the day went like this: After tea rain interrupted play so the Duckworth-Lewis scoring system had to be brought into play.  This is a mathematical formula designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a weather affected limited over match.  A method impenetrable to all but the most dedicated cricket watcher, and statisticians (the explanation here). Barrow were unable to hit the target as they were all out for 114, well off target, so Workington took the cup.

Rain affected play and inclement weather  was a common feature of 2012 and those competing in the Cumbria Cup may have a professional player and groundsmen to look after the pitch.  Those teams that just played in their local pub league in 2012 experienced a year that broke all rain records and
found their water logged pitches and rainy weekends made the season a wash out. Time to repair to the pub and  imbibe a pint or two
Cricketers Arms, St Helens
and dream of a better summer in 2013. 

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Leslie: said...

I'd love to watch a cricket game but I have no idea of the rules of the game. Must learn...

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Anonymous said...

Great photos and post for I ~ ^_^

Roger Owen Green said...

as someone who likes baseball, I find cricket's rules to be impenetrable!

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mrsnesbitt said...

I haven't a clue about scoring either - and when I ask hubby to explain I am usually more confused than ever.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the cricket match.

Hildred said...

Oh, they all look so lovely and English and the whole thing is most mysterious to me, - I'm sure there is not even one that is inept at the game.

Melanie Boudwin said...

I think cricket is fascinating. I've had no idea what is going on when I've caught snatches of it, but that is true with me in watching many sports. :)

It would be fun to try cricket sometime. I think it may be one of those games that is easier to learn as you play it.

Here's hoping next season has some more sunshine to it!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Must be exciting to watch the game.

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Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Jaime Clark said...

Excellent action shots!

Dave said...

Cricket really is an English summer sport huh Joy? Even thought it is played in many other country's around the world, including here in New Zealand. I played it one summer at school but never took it up as a pass time. I got bored waiting to bat or for the ball to come to me when fielding - Dave