Ball on Track!

The bowler is poised at the start of their run up. A train about to depart the station.

Ball in hand. Passengers on board.

Slowly the bowler begins their journey. Tentatively the train leaves the station.

Soon the bowler is at full tilt. The train too has reached maximum speed.

Upon reaching the crease the bowler releases the ball. The train also begins to stop in part.

The ball continues its journey towards the batter. The train approaches a new station.

The sound of the edge, heard by all who are watching. The sound of the locomotive on track, noticed by all who are waiting.

The ball in the air. The train on the track.

Sharing the final moment of this part of their journeys. Terminated, motion becomes inertia.

Caught by the fielder. Caught by the passenger.

Eventually the ball returns to its starting point. The train leaves for another station.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Following On

I thought that I’d provide a little insight into how I acquire a following on my blog…

I’ve written nearly 600 posts now and have a pitiful (No disrespect!) 120 or so followers. My fatal two-year tagging error cost me dearly but I’m writing wrongs this year. My subscriptions go something like this.

580 cricket articles: 85 followers (Including forced family as well as those marketing and utter nonsense followers you get!)

10 book reviews: 15 followers

10 poems: 15 followers

1 blogging tip article: 5 followers

Now those poems and book reviews are cricket themed of course but it’s a little disproportionate for my efforts. Maybe I should stop writing about cricket altogether and just write poetry and book reviews!

A man in a field/car park holding a jug

For no reason at all, here’s a picture of me (Excuse the tint, we’ve all been through that phase!) winning a cricket trophy. I didn’t bat, bowl or take a catch in the final. I didn’t even stop the ball but did pick it up twice. Still, better than my previous efforts in a final… run out having been sent back (Quite rightly) first ball!

We’re Gonna Win the Ashes!

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We’ve got Stokes and Woakes

And lots of other blokes

We’ve got the ‘Beard that’s Feared’

And a bowling attack geared

To rip up your stumps

And leave you in the dumps

We’ve got hundreds galore

And Cook still wanting more

We’ve got Root in charge

And we’re gonna win large

We’ve got Jennings and Ballance

And bucket loads of talent

We’ve got Anderson and Broad

And runs on the board

We’ve got Finn to run in

And matches to win

We’ve got Bairstow to keep wicket

Whilst we’re beating you at cricket

We’ve got Rashid to deceive

And a nation that believes

We’re gonna win the Ashes

Got no time for Big Bashes

We’ll have the Ozzies under the cosh

It’s gonna be a whitewash

We’re gonna have our fill

We’re gonna win five-nil, five-nil, five-nil!

The Deer and the Wolves

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You’re a batsman, like a deer

Isolated from the herd

Fielders, like a pack of wolves

Lick their lips at your wounds

Bowler, the alpha male

On the prowl, a scowl

Staring you down

The wolves, patient

Eyes on their prey

In pursuit, the whole day

No escape

They will get you

Termination

A matter of time

A fellow deer

Picked off by the pack

Another one dissected

Sent back

Witness your fellow fallows fall

Stave off uncertain certainty

Cries, you’re down

Weapons on the ground

The wolves howl

The battle at a close