Inzamam’s dismissal

The most curious thing about the first ODI between India and Pakistan was Inzamam’s dismissal, given out obstructing the field. It’s a very rare dismissal.

If you didn’t see it, you can watch the video of it thanks to google video. He was given out under Law 37, Obstructing the field, which states:

1. Out Obstructing the field
Either batsman is out Obstructing the field if he wilfully obstructs or distracts the opposing side by word or action. It shall be regarded as obstruction if either batsman wilfully, and without the consent of the fielding side, strikes the ball with his bat or person, other than a hand not holding the bat, after the ball has touched a fielder. See 4 below.

2. Accidental obstruction
It is for either umpire to decide whether any obstruction or distraction is wilful or not. He shall consult the other umpire if he has any doubt.

Now it seems to be a clear cut case to me. Michael Holding questioned the spirit of the appeal, but to my mind, I have no complaints. I think Inzamam was being a bit of a smartarse, and he paid the price.

The other thing worth noting is that as cricket fans, we can now use tools like google video to replay and examine incidents like this. I think the future is bright for humanity in general. For cricket bloggers in particular, things are looking simply marvellous!

Not much time at the moment

Not got much time at the moment to blog. Scott’s holding the fort until I have time later in the week. Rawk on

Blogging trials and tribulations

It’s not been a good day. On my days off, I try to do combine new things with the mundane routine of everyday life (bills, food, washing, cleaning), and today I seem to have been going round in circles. Quite literally, too: I caught the wrong bus for the second day running. Two banks denied me a loan, which is as unsurprising as it is murderously frustrating. One of them did offer me a coffee and biscuit (note: singular), but this was before the bad news came my way. By that time, the coffee was cold and the biscuit stale – neither could be used to pour over the shiny bank clerk (who was, to her credit, both attractive and empathetic), so I left the bank with my tail between my leg. Which reminds me: what on earth does that mean?

To cap off a forgettable day, I now find myself in what can only be described as a library for special needs children. I’m not going to make derogatory, cheap remarks about “special needs,” but it did make me smile that with the allotted “one hour” of time allowed on this machine, 20 minutes was spent trying to explain to the librarian (his badge said “Tony, special needs assistant”) that I’m not a permanent resident, but yes, I did need to access the internet, and before they close. At least it’s free, and Tony was very helpful indeed.

Anyway, here I am. Beer and fun await me in a couple of hours, and I promise not to bore you with any more of my tribulations.

To those who read this (Justin, in particular) – I will catch up with All Things Blogging, and my email, tomorrow. Apologies for the delay. Moving house is annoyingly difficult/tricky/costly/tiring/time-consuming/weird.

Australia take series against South Africa

So much for South Africa’s “go for broke” rubbish. What a Test Ricky Ponting had. It almost defies belief; two hundreds in a match is always a special moment, but in your hundredth Test? He might as well retire now (and indeed let’s hope he does before the Ashes). What a chuffing legend.

Blogging is sparse and rare these days. It’s really tricky, without a laptop and internet connection…but bear with me. I’m in a grubby, drab internet cafe, which really is not where I’d choose to spend my days off – and this keyboard is soon going to be thrown out of the window onto Kensington High Street. Feels as though I’m typing on a potatoe, or a sponge. No spell checker either, so forgive the spooling mustakes.

Welcome to Scott

I’m delighted to announce Scott, from Ubersportingpundit, will be posting his thoughts on this great game here at the CoU. Scott’s been blogging a lot longer than most, and I’m sure everyone here will enjoy hearing his insightful views – with an Australian twang, too, which ought to balance things a little here!

Go for it Scott – knock ‘em flying!

Headline of the week goes to…

…Chris. Post Traumashes Stress Disorder: Top ten things to be worried about ahead of the first test in Pakistan.

Great stuff.

1000 posts of musings about cricket

This is my one thousandth post here on this blog, which is a week shy of its first birthday. Ta for reading; it’s been a good laugh, a fun distraction and far more satisfying and enjoyable than I thought it could be. It’s been a real eye-opener. I’m also just short of my two millionth hit, which is pretty astonishing and really frightening.

And sorry for boring you all senseless 1000 times in a year! Roll on the next thousand…changes are afoot, watch this space.

The poll of polls

Stu often has some cool Polls at his blog, so I thought I’d do something similar/identical (sorry mate). The latest poll can be found lurking on the right-hand-side nearish the bottom of the page. Vote away!

WordPress.com invite available

I’ve been sent an invitation for WordPress.com and have one spare to give away. Not sure why I’ve been invited, but there you go! WordPress.com is still closed to the general public, so this is your golden opportunity to get on there…

Using all your imagination, humour and inventiveness (I don’t care if that’s not a proper word – it’s Sunday, the day of word-rest), leave a comment with why you are worthy of the invite and why you want it. What would you use it for & why? etc

NB: monetary bribes are accepted and encouraged.