Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Hayley

      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
Sign in to follow this  
Kylie

Cricket

Recommended Posts

Well, as I've said before I'm not a fan of Ponting, but I would have felt the same way if it had been Straus or one of the other England players.

 

Yes, he is under pressure, but going off on one at the umpires in the way he did isn't the right way of dealing with it (shades of Alex Ferguson everytime Manchester United drop a point - see last night for example).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This may seem like a dumb question but as I don't follow cricket I'm struggling to get my head round the results, can someone explain how come we've won the ashes but there is still one test match to go and correct me if I'm wrong but if the Aussies won that one wouldn't it mean the series is drawn at 2 -2? :confused:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
(shades of Alex Ferguson everytime Manchester United drop a point - see last night for example).

In all fairness not the best example considering Birmingham's goal was both offside and handball, I agree with you though, he reacted wrongly.

 

This may seem like a dumb question but as I don't follow cricket I'm struggling to get my head round the results, can someone explain how come we've won the ashes but there is still one test match to go and correct me if I'm wrong but if the Aussies won that one wouldn't it mean the series is drawn at 2 -2? :confused:

Because England already have The Ashes we retain them even if we draw. Technically we haven't won outright yet, seen as though, like you say, there's a chance we can draw. However we have won in the sense that no matter what happens in the last test match, we've retained them.

Edited by Ben

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Ben the fog has now lifted lol

No problem. It's funny you should say that, it definitely hasn't here; I can barely see my hands in front of my face outside. :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
In all fairness not the best example considering Birmingham's goal was both offside and handball, I agree with you though, he reacted wrongly.

 

No, it’s exactly the right example because yet again Fergie is arguing the toss with an official once a decision has been made.

 

It's the nature of the game, and no matter how good technology gets in "aiding" the final decision it still comes down to the man on the pitch [or field] calling things as they saw them as they did at the time.

 

Fergie usually has the benefit of a TV replay to aid his argument when he [regularly] takes pot-shots at refs, but the ref, on the spot at the time doesn't a have that luxury.

 

To be fair Fergie isn't the only manager doing this, but he is one of the most vocal, and one of the worst offenders.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This may seem like a dumb question but as I don't follow cricket I'm struggling to get my head round the results, can someone explain how come we've won the ashes but there is still one test match to go and correct me if I'm wrong but if the Aussies won that one wouldn't it mean the series is drawn at 2 -2? :confused:

 

<sigh> As much as it pains me to do this, I should point out that it's actually 2-1. England have won 2, Australia have won only 1, and 1 match was drawn.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

<sigh> As much as it pains me to do this, I should point out that it's actually 2-1. England have won 2, Australia have won only 1, and 1 match was drawn.

Yeah so she means that if you win the last one, it'll be 2-2, which is true; but as I explained above, we thankfully retain them nevertheless.

Edited by Ben

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah so she means that if you win the last one, it'll be 2-2

 

Not going to happen!

 

:P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not going to happen!

 

:P

 

cry.gif You never know...

 

Ponting won't be playing in the next test. I was hoping he'd give us something special.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game on, and Australia have surprisingly decided to bat first.

 

No wickets down yet, but only 17 runs on the board after 50 minutes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't care how long they take to score runs, as long as they're not losing wickets!

 

What a shame Hughes got out so close to lunch. Still, I think that's our best start of the series so far. rolleyes.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just got up to find rain stopped play with Australia 134-4. Good start for England, and play has just been abandoned for the day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A good start for England, and it looks like the weather should be good for the rest of the test.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd agree, not a bad start by England with those two wickets in between showers. Let's see how it goes eh.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hussey's just gone, that's 173 for 6, hopefully that's the end of any concerted resistance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hussey's just gone, that's 173 for 6, hopefully that's the end of any concerted resistance.

Seemed not huh. Tail-enders dragged it out to 280, good effort. England 167-3 though, not a bad start.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, the tail wagged, annoyingly.

 

As you say though, a good start for England but this is far from a done deal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good debuts for Beer and Khawaja. Shame that Beer no-balled Cook though, and now he's almost reached 100.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A decent first innings from England with some excellent batting of course by Alistair Cook; it's a shame he didn't reach his double-century, but a good innings nevertheless.

Edited by Ben

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, another winner for England. How frustrating. Can't believe I took all of this week off work just to watch it. rolleyes.gif

 

On another note, I really dislike the English press. irked.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yep, another winner for England. How frustrating. Can't believe I took all of this week off work just to watch it. rolleyes.gif

 

At least you can console yourself by getting some books on the 2011 board!

 

On another note, I really dislike the English press. irked.gif

 

Hell, I live here and I don't like the English press, but is there any particular reason for your comment?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

True, and I must admit that while I have the telly on I'm not paying much attention.

 

We've been hearing a bit about how much they thrash the Aussies. I know we're opponents, but really, is it necessary to be so vitriolic? I don't mind a bit of banter but they're just plain mean. They treat us like enemies and there is no sign of mateship. :( And apparently they're going on about Hughes being a 'cheat', which is a very strong word to use on a sportsman.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



×