Crusading through France

The Crusaders, an Australian team comprising former Test, first-class and league players, will travel to France to play a match just outside Paris on June 27 in their 42-day tour of Europe.

The highlights of their tour will be matches against a President’s Italian cricket X1, Switzerland, Duke of Norfolk’s XI and the MCC at the Lord’s Nursery Ground.

The Australian’s will spend a whole week in France visiting the Burgundy vinyards of the Cote d’Or, explore Paris and the Palace of Versailles and admire the beauty of Monet’s gardens at Giverny.

The Crusaders will play a match against Standard Athletic Club 24th June (2pm) at Meudon. From Paris they will travel to the Somme battlefields of northern France and the adopted Australian village of Villers Bretonneux. Then south to the Loire Valley and Chateau Chenonceau and Chateau Villandry and the highlight of the tour – the match against l’Equipe de France de Cricket.

Full story at This French Life.

A French XI

Further to the French rules of cricket the other day, a Beige Brigadier has prompted this post (so blame him): a French XI. All names must have French origins, or sound vaguely Frenchish. Such as Richie Benaud, Jacques Kallis, Bernard Bosanquet (who?) and so on.

Far too much fun. Get to it.

The rules of cricket…in French

This landed in my inbox this evening: the French rules of cricket, including the modes of dismissal. Or rather, “les suivants d’eliminations” (I think):

The French rules of cricket

I like lbw (obstruction) and hit-wicket (autodestruction). Download the PDF for more.

Les anglais ne font rien comme tout le monde

Les anglais ne font rien comme tout le monde, or “The English never do anything like everyone else.” Seen on Flickr.

Cricket in Paris