Saturday, 21 August 2010

Game stopped play

Be warned ... if you do not understand cricket, the rest of this blog entry will not make much sense.

When I got up this morning I had every intention of play-testing my latest version of Joseph Morschauser's 'Frontier' wargames rules after lunch ... and then I sat down to watch the fourth day of the Test Match between England and Pakistan.

Now in our house cricket is a bit of an obsession. Both my wife and I played cricket at school, and it is an interest that we continue to share. We love to watch the game in all its formats: Five-day Test Matches, One Day Internationals, County matches, and T20.

Both my wife and I watched almost every ball of the morning session, and after lunch we were transfixed by the game. It looked as if Pakistan should get the required runs without too much trouble ... and then England started to get wickets. It reached a point where the Pakistanis only had to get 16 runs to win, but had already lost 6 wickets, and then they seemed to lose the ability to score. England's bowlers closed the game right down, and the Pakistani batsmen just could not seem to find any gaps. For what seemed like an age (about thirty minutes, in fact!) the Pakistanis could not score runs and England could not take wickets. Everything seemed to hang in the balance ... and then the Pakistanis found a couple of gaps in the field and scored two boundaries.

In the end Pakistan won by 4 wickets; this means that if they win the next game in the series, the series will end as a draw.

Roll on Thursday 26th August, when the next Test Match starts at Lord's!

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