It’s hard to believe that it is four years since the men’s Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Although David was sick as the tournament began I was able to attend a match in Hobart and eagerly watched the matches in other states and in New Zealand on TV. This time around it is being held in England and Wales and I have subscribed to a sports channel for a month so I can watch it. I watch a game most evenings even if Australia is not playing; might as well get my money’s worth. As the matches start in the early evening our time and go on till 2 or 3 am I don’t always stay for the end, there are handy replays the next day. The format of the tournament is a bit different from the last time and I have rather missed seeing Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Zimbabwe although Afghanistan and Bangla Desh are participating. As it is summer in England it is, of course, raining a lot and several matches have been completely rained out which is a pity as it may affect the outcome. In the event of a washout, teams are awarded a point each. Australia has been lucky not to have had a match washed out so far. It is a shame for the fans at the ground who sit in the rain all day hoping for some cricket until the officials finally decide it is too late to play.
My photos are from matches that I attended at Blundstone Arena in Hobart in the past. I haven’t been to a match in a couple of years now and don’t know if I will ever be able to attend another.
You’re a cricket fan the way we are baseball fans. Even if the Sox aren’t playing (or are losing so badly we’d rather NOT watch) we’ll watch another team. It’s interesting, if you like the game, to see the new “kids” on the other teams and how they are doing. It is, as Garry puts it, the difference between being serious about the sport and just being a fan of your own team.
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It’s funny but maybe because I am a totally uncoordinated person who hates playing any sport I really admire the athletic skills of the players. When Australia is doing badly sometimes I can’t watch so watching other teams is less stressful. I watched half a really absorbing game between the West Indies and Bangla Desh last night and had to find out how it came out so I watched the second half this morning. There was a brilliant run out and some big hitting including one Bangla Desh player hitting three “sixes” in a row. Apologies if that makes no sense but I know you get what I mean.