Archive for the ‘taking the mickey’ Category


New Zealand Cricket Squad practice in the ‘Shade’ of Commando Guns

August 5, 2019

There is a photograph in The ISLAND, this Monday 5th August,of the Kiwi cricketers at practice at the Premadasa Stadium with armed guards as security  …. a picture that has not made it to the web versions

COMPARE  THIS ITEM from 2011:  Paul Radley,The Black Caps are focused on beating Sri Lanka in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup as their presence goes unnoticed, even by security officials.” 29 March 2011,


Rivetting Edgbaston Test Match from the Seat of Errol’s Pants

August 4, 2019

Errol Fernando to Gavin

THIRD DAY: I have worn out my chair watching this ever-changing and absorbing Test match for 3 days.  I will need to find something to sit on for the next 2 days because with 17 wickets to fall, this match will surely go well into the fifth day. Even the innumerable umpiring errors are fascinating! Do you think you and I would have done a better job,Gavin, and not needed any technology??

Steve Smith has made his point quietly, effectively and stunningly. In  just one match he has gently pushed everyone else aside and announced that he is the best in the world.Kane Williamson would be proud of him. England will have to find a way to get him out otherwise he will make 10 centuries in the series.

Read the rest of this entry ?


Smith’s Testicles skimmed in Buttler’s Penetrating Strike

July 11, 2019

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler threw the ball from a little to his left and the ball went speeding through Steve Smith’s legs at thigh height and hit the wickets at the bowler’s end

One thing is certain: Steve Smith would have preferred to be smashed in the balls or his buttocks …. He values his wicket …. more than his balls.


Odd Fellows These Aussies

May 10, 2019

England’s traditional fan group Barmy Army has brutally roasted the Australian cricketers after they revealed their jersey for the 2019 World Cup.

The fierce rivalry between Australia and England is known to all. Both the top cricketing nation will lock horns on June 25 at the home of cricket – Lord’s on the grand occasion of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which England are Wales are co-hosting. There are still a couple of weeks for the quadrennial event to kick off but the rivalry between England and Australia have already gained steam. The famous fan group of England – the Barmy Army – has posted photoshopped images of David Warner, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon with sandpapers in the hands of the latter two whereas ‘Cheats’ written in David Warner’s jersey. Read the rest of this entry ?


Kumar and Aravinda in Expressive Doubt!!

May 7, 2019

Ishara’s Catch, July 2010

Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara (R) and chief selector Aravinda de Silva talk at a practice session at The Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo on July 25, 2010, ahead of the second Test match againstn India scheduled to start July 26. India needs to win at least one of the two remaining Test matches if they are to retain their number one ranking status. Sri Lanka won the first Test at Galle by ten wickets. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S.KODIKARA


Riveting and Bungling T20 at Cape Town on 19th March 2019 

March 21, 2019

 Michael Roberts

 Fortuitously I watched the thrilling match at Cape Town between Sri Lanka and South Africa on the 19th March – a game which ended in a tie and was resolved by a Super Over battle.

Miller run out via good throw from Kusal Mendis

The tense Super-Over competition is not my idea of thrill – simply not my scenario. For me that was not the high point of the match. It was the Saf collapse from 3 for 117 in the 17th over to 8 for 134 in over twenty (20) which ended the real contest in a TIE that captivated my interest – heightened as it was by Niroshan Dickwella’s failure to hit the stumps from two yards on the last ball. What a Howler!

Read the rest of this entry ?


Harry And Doug Today

February 9, 2019

Harry Who? Doug Who?

None other than Harry Solomons of Galle & Sydney and Doug Walters of Sydney, NSW and Australian cricket in yesteryear. Are we not glad to see  them downing beer, signing autographs, chatting about old times, et cetera …. and still retaining some of their hair!