Lights! Camera! No Ball!

Away from the hurly-burly of the Indian Premier League, the bright lights of Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies, Sri Lanka’s forthcoming tour of England, and any of the professional domestic tournaments, the game of cricket continues to be played on beaches in the Caribbean, public parks in Delhi and Dhaka, and (as I saw to my delight coming back from JFK airport the other day) in Flushing Meadow, Queens, by those who are—quite frankly—not quite ready for prime time. However epic their contests, these teams’ enthusiasm and lack of ability were only visible to the spectators who turned up to watch the game. Until now.

Yes, thanks to streaming video and a campaign to extend broadband access to the remoter parts of England, you can now watch the entire epic contest between Wray and the Rest of the World. This was the first time a village cricket game had been streamed live on the internet. The camera work and commentary may not be the slickest—although Brenda’s commentary is highly entertaining—and the batting, bowling, and fielding are rural in every sense of the word. But, if you want to see cricket at its rawest—with all the mistakes, copious amounts of booze, and cheery lack of interest in cut-throat competition—then give yourself a couple of hours, and watch (The game proper begins at 22 mins.)


About rightoffthebatbook

Co-author of the book, "Right Off the Bat: Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and Life"
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