or The fox
incompetence - with a bias in favour of slow bowling with
pretensions to occasional leg-spin
|Well... I tend to
drive on the occasions I make contact, BUT 'FLAILING'
would about sum it up I guess
|Ageing colonial ?
- Llandaff Cathedral School 2nd XI (Capt)
Age 19 - Sharpe & Fisher Ltd (Cheltenham) works team
(drifted away from cricket in the hippy left-wing years,
when it seemed a middle-class irrelevance.....then ...)
Age 52 - Treganna (Willow League)
Before being drawn into the birth of the Casuals by Easy
the off -
- a true casual doesn't remember such details.
ball-scoops, strawberry teas, pedantic minutes, and the
defence of our constitution.
when I was 11 it was Trevor Bailey and / or Cyril Washbrook
and marmite - Organic lamb chops, Strawberries with cream
and much sugar
- I'm a bit of a folkie at heart
(Scared the pants off me twice before age 10)
you're making rules !
"Under American Skies" (Tom Paxton &
Annie Hills) and "Spark" by a great
little two-woman son-writing duo based in Machynlleth
, you and Emma, of course, Goughy - with perhaps Germaine
Greer along to slap you each time you said 'c*nt'
man approaching his 40th wedding anniversary (27th August).
what can I say ?
10 - in the playground of the Cathedral school. I was
a scholarship Cathedral Chorister which meant we had to live in - even
though I only lived
¼ mile from the school. Apart from when we had
proper school games
(Wednesday and Saturday afternoons), We'd pick up sides
on Friday nights
taking the identities of English and Touring sides and
play all weekend -
stopping only for meals and choir practices. We had wickets
painted on the
gym wall and used a tennis ball. We only ever played double-innings
games. there was no other format.
I have a photo of myself
with a bat in my hand, a pad just on my left leg, my cap
askew - looking
pathetic.. And I remember being confident that I looked
just like my
doppelganger - England's very stylish No 3 batsman, Cyril
I've lived with such illusions all my life !
40 against Barry Wanderers - driving Mike Ashton over
his head for
successive 4s was better than most sex !
- with an outfield like a billiard table
2) PUMPSAINT - never mind the wicket like a bath sponge
... When we get a
hot day in that valley with sheep bleating and a couple
of buzzards floating
round in the thermals and so quiet you can chat from one
boundary to the
other. that's the Zen of Casuals / Village cricket for
me - what a shame
their team has fallen apart.
a big fan of Don Shepherd of Glamorgan, who evolved from
a pace bowler
to the finest offie never to have played for England (they
Good example for Andy Hood there
double appeal to a poor inoffensive umpire.Howzat ! (then
turning round and advancing on him) HOWZAAAAT!It wasn't
vs Sri Lankans when their ladies took us up on my "Strategic
Use of Tea" theory
hate playing for the casuals
on Sundays - saying 'Yes Dear, whatever you say, Dear'
is (as one can guess from above) advancing in years, however
he still plays with the enthusiasm of a much younger man.
Why is this you may ask? Its simple really - Foxy is part
of a NASA programme where he is Kryogenically frozen overnight
to preserve his state. He is of course allowed out to
play cricket, watch theatre and go to his shed to built
another 'useful' casual adornement.