How to score a game of cricket. Or, how to self-harm on the sideline.
Six balls bowled per over, up to eight balls.
Note the runs for the batsgirl.
And the bowler.
Each run is marked by the number, four = 4 etc. So far so good.
No runs, but a good straight ball is represented by a ‘dot’ on the page.
A wide = a run, (or a point) and is marked by a +.
And then that ball is bowled again.
A ball above the waist, or if bowler has overstepped the white line is a ‘no ball’ and is marked by an O.
Runs taken when the ball is not struck but escapes the wicket keeper, are called ‘byes’ and are marked by triangles. If the ball….Oh for *$%#@’s sake. Honestly. It just goes on and on.
Two of us score each game. One parent from each team, for reasons of fairness and torture. This morning, while mumbling our way through an ‘over’ my partner in-archaic-pencil-scratchings turned to me and asked:
"Is that your daughter?"
"Yes," I replied.
"She is an absolutely fantastic bowler." He said.
"Thank you." And I know he was telling the truth. She really has become a wonderful bowler, and her being left-handed somehow makes her special in the eyes of cricket lovers. I don’t know why, except to assume that her facing the other way like that is an edge against her opposition…it’s hard to play her.
He asked about how the club is helping her development, insisting that we have to look after those talented young girls, especially a left-hander like herself. It was unexpected praise from a parent of the opposition. And the truth of it is, it has all been her own doing.
Last year I helped out a lot, but this year she got taller, stronger, and faster, and her skills have surpassed my ability to coach or train her. As I never played cricket myself, or showed any particular skill with throwing things, I can’t lay claim to any of the credit. And that’s just wonderful, that is exactly how I like it.
All I need to do is wake her up in the morning.
Above in pictures, the sun rising over the Auckland Museum, shining directly into the eyes of the cricket scorers. Just great.