Saturday, January 31, 2009

There will be Cricket at a decent hour! (as long as you don't live on the west coast)

Well, since I picked up a nice reference (Thanks Schultzie!) I thought it might be a good idea to you know...write something, and just in the nick of time! We have cricket that doesn't start at 11 at night and go to 4 in the morning! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the first Test (For this season) between The West Indies and England, at Kingston Jamica, will be starting this Wednesday the 4th of February, and go on as neccessary, ending no later than the 8th of February, each day will start at 15:00 GMT (which goes from 10-7 in the morning in the mainland US from east to west, 5 in the morning in Alaska, and 4 in the morning in Hawaii, but I don't think I have any Hawaiian readers) with these decent starting and ending times, I will do my best to get as much up to date information to you as possible, heck if it goes all the way to the 8th, maybe I'll do a live blog. For those who don't know England is one of the top teams in the world, and the West Indies have been up and coming lately, and battling for ground with New Zealand on the ICC rankings, so this should be a great match. And hey, maybe Brian Lara will be there.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This is Cricket-Fielding

Finally, the last part in our series fielding, or what it takes to make that groundball only be worth 1 or 2 instead of 4 or 5.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

This is Cricket- Catching

Before I start today, I'd like to say that one of my favorite bloggers is in need of help, if you'd like the full story, go to and if you're able to do something, that would be awesome too, even if it's a google clickthrough.

Today, we're going to cover what happens if you make contact with the ball, but you don't do it well. That's right, it's all about catching (which, yes is all barehanded).

Friday, January 16, 2009

This is Cricket- Wicket Keeping

Well now that we know how the ball gets there, and what you're supposed to do if you've got a bat in your hand and the ball is coming at you, lets see what happens behind you if you miss the ball.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This is Cricket-Batting

It seems like the next logical step after bowling would be to show what you do once the ball gets there, so here it is, batting. (Warning, this is not for those who hate 12-pitch baseball at bats)

Also, if there is anything that isn't covered in the videos, one should just ask in the comments, and I'll do my best to give you an answer.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This is Cricket- Bowling

Now that we've had a chance to understand the basics, let's expand a little further, and discover how the ball gets from one stump to the other, and the many ways it can get there.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This Is Cricket (Sorry if you were looking for Sparta)

After having a conversation with one of the readers of this blog last night, it has come to my attention that some of my readership may be just smiling and nodding in polite agreement and have no idea what I am saying at all. I would like to spend the rest of this week trying to allieviate that. So now for you, is part one of "This Is Cricket" where you will learn all the fundamentals of how to play the game.

Obviously you can go on on your own if you so choose, but I will spend the rest of this week putting up those videos one at a time, so hopefully people will be able to better understand what I'm talking about.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

...We Interrupt this Intermitten broadcast

I know, I know, this is a (poorly updated) cricket blog, but what can I say, I'm not just a cricket fan, and I got some very exciting news this evening, and hey I have a public outlet that (several) people read. So why not put the news out there: The Providence College Men's Hockey Team is Undefeated in 2009! That's right, they beat the UMass Lowell River Hawks 4-2 ( and have moved to 1-0-0 for the year. Unfortuneately, that means they're 4-12-1 on the season, and not a site for most eyes, but hey, it's a new year and they're going to turn things around, because 2009 is about CHANGE!

Friday, January 2, 2009

The End of the Year, at the Beginning of the Year.

I promised you a year in review between Christmas and New Years, but got busy/sick, so there is no review until now. Clearly the country of the Year has to be Austrailia. They finished 2008 at the top of the ICC rankings for both Tests, and ODIs. There were a lot of exciting tournaments this year, including the Stanford 20/20 (which got me into Cricket in the first place) the Asian Cup for 20/20, Qualifying for the ICC 20/20 Tournament in 2010 (which saw both America and Canada move on) There have also been plenty of quality matches, including the New Zealand-West Indies Test series, the England-India test series to get over the Mumbai attacks. All in all, 2008 was a semi-exciting year for Cricket (the falling apart of Zimbabwae excluded) and we should look foward to many bright things in the future.