If there's one
sport that seems to be able to match football with its
Colemanballs surely it's cricket. I guess with commentators
having to do their business for up to five days they are bound
to have a lot more to say, whether it be intended or
unintended. But to me a Colemanball can only be unintended and
not rehearsed and I wonder if the long periods of cricket
inactivity give the commentators time to make up a phrase or
two which they can drop in at an appropriate moment? Where
some of the cricketing classics prepared in advance.......
"The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey"
famously said by Brian
Johnston when Peter Willey faced Michael Holding.
"As he comes in to bowl Fred Titmus has got two short
legs, one of them square"
from the late and great Brian Johnston.
"It was an
excellent performance in the field marred only when Harris
dropped Crapp in the outfield."
BBC commentator (Jack Crapp was the batsman!)
"Botham just couldn't quite get his leg over"
Yes I think that one passes the test of being a Colemanball,
said by Jonathan Agnew about Ian Botham who overbalanced while
attempting a hook and as he tried to step over the stumps he
knocked off a bail.
And a few
more to keep you going.....
slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for
David Ackfield and....
"That slow-motion replay
doesn't show how fast the ball was travelling."
232 all out, Hutton ill. I'm sorry, Hutton 111."
"A very small
crowd here today. I can count the people on one hand. Can't be
more than 30."
"That was a
tremendous six - the ball was still in the air as it went over
West Indies are going to play their normal game, which is what
they normally do."
"It's a unique
occasion really - a repeat of Melbourne 1977."
nothing to lose here, apart from this Test match."
"And we don't
need a calculator to tell us that the run-rate required is
4.5454 per over."
"Umpire Fenwick just twitches his
nose, instead of putting his finger up in the usual way."
Elizabeth ground is more of a circle than an oval. It is long
Trevor Bailey and...
Park Oval, exactly as its name suggests - absolutely round."
"On the first
day Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off."
change England would propose might be to replace Derek
Pringle, who remains troubled by no balls."
A Times report
"With regard to
the broken finger, when batting I'll just have to play it by
something happens that we can't predict, I don't think a lot
"His throw went
absolutely nowhere near where it was going."
"This shirt is
unique - there are only 200 of them."
starts in, his shadow beside him. Where else would it be?"
forget Malcolm Devon?"
Ted Dexter it seems...he's Devon Malcolm
prepared for the worst case scenario, but it could be even
worse than that."