More from Henry Blofeld this afternoon (India are playing Pakistan here), for those not familiar with the lore and language of The Beautiful Game.
Verb: to nurdle (other commentators might say "nibble") = (of a batsman) to sort of gently trickle the ball (round one's wicket). Blowers actually used "noodle" instead an hour or two ago. Adjective: uppish = (of a ball) rising a bit more than usual. Phrase: He's off like a lamplighter = like a streak (Partridge says it's from around 1840).
Blooper du jour: "...and he has a slash outside the off stump." No trace of a snigger from the commentary box.
(Blimey! They've forgotten to do the shipping forecast till after six. I don't remember the last time that happened. The bloke's fair gabbling it, too: announcers can gabble intelligibly, a valuable skill, but it's a bit hard on the mariners.)
Mike.
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More from Henry Blofeld this afternoon (India are playing Pakistan here), for those not familiar with the lore and language ... du jour: "...and he has a slash outside the off stump." No trace of a snigger from the commentary box.

Well that's certainly cleared it all up for those of us on the left (that is, the right) side of the Atlantic. I've had the misfortune in recent years to read not one but two novels containing lengthy descriptions of cricket matches, and I hope never to have to do it again. Can anybody at least provide the Universal Resource Locator of a site that would provide the basics for the cricketally-challenged (like what's a "batter," what's a "wicket," etc.)?
More from Henry Blofeld this afternoon (India are playing Pakistan ... stump." No trace of a snigger from the commentary box.

Well that's certainly cleared it all up for those of us on the left (that is, the right) side of ... Locator of a site that would provide the basics for the cricketally-challenged (like what's a "batter," what's a "wicket," etc.)?

With pleasure! Try this, and get back if it's incomprehensible:

http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/hosking/cricket/explanation.htm

And if you'd like to see a game without crossing an ocean the fixtures are at:
http://www.uscricket.com/
And if you can bear another chapter containing a cricket match, do read England, Their England by the Scotsman A.G.McDonnell: the village cricket match is very funny.
Mike.
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And if you can bear another chapter containing a cricket match, do read England, Their England by the Scotsman A.G.McDonnell: the village cricket match is very funny.

The village blacksmith, he was there, ...
I agree, it's laugh-out-loud funny, if you know cricket. I haven't a copy to hand, so can't test reading it in a notional state of ignorance about the game.

Paul
In bocca al Lupo!
Well that's certainly cleared it all up for those of us on the left (that is, the right) side of ... Locator of a site that would provide the basics for the cricketally-challenged (like what's a "batter," what's a "wicket," etc.)?

Even if you don't generally like sport, it can be fun watching a crazy guy run as fast as he can straight towards someone, and then throw what looks like a rock right at the head of the poor *** who's holding a piece of two by four as his only defence. They have the Pak and India
2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa out on DVD. It's likewatching a Watts race riot:
http://www.reviewcentre.com/review108063.html
#begin quote from review
When its comes to cricket matches between arch rivals India and Pakistan, its nothing short of an all out war out there in the pitch. Traditionally Indian batsmen looked very uncomfortable facing the Pakistan's pace line up! Likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan could single headedly make hundreds of thousands of Indian fans leave the match with grim faces.
Not any more - the ever improving Indian team, and the much discussed Indian batting line up, strongest in the world, right down to the 7th down, has put records straight again. The new batting hero’s of India, has put batting maestro's like Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Consistant and technically perfect Rahul Dravid, Bangal Tiger Saurav Ganguly, all in shade.
This match was just want India wanted to prepare themselves to take on Australia at the finals (which didn't go rather well for them, however). Pakistan was left to bite the dust when Indian batsmen did their part decently (and most importantly, keeping a cool head) and when Indian bowling line up did what they were asked to do - win!

This DVD tells the tale of a match that made a billion odd Indians proud - thats one sixth of the humanity holding their head straight and grinning from ear to ear, you see! A must have for any Indian, and a should have for cricket lovers all across the world (err, Pakistan cricket lovers might want to hold on to this - to see where they got it all wrong!)
#end quote

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Leaves"
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More from Henry Blofeld this afternoon (India are playing Pakistan ... stump." No trace of a snigger from the commentary box.

Well that's certainly cleared it all up for those of us on the left (that is, the right) side of the Atlantic.

That depends on your point of view, from the North Pole you're on the right side(that's the wrong side) of the Atlantic.
I've had the misfortune in recent years to read not one but two novels containing lengthy descriptions of cricket matches, ... Locator of a site that would provide the basics for the cricketally-challenged (like what's a "batter," what's a "wicket," etc.)?

Have a look at http://www.funtoosh.com/dj.php?details=CRK~30

Cheers
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what's a "batter,"

A coating for fried fish, or somebody who plays baseball.

Cricket has 'batsmen'. Presumably Ladies' cricket has 'batswomen', but I can't say.

Regards,
Mark Barratt
More from Henry Blofeld this afternoon (India are playing Pakistan ... the lore and language of The Beautiful Game.

Well that's certainly cleared it all up for those of us on the left (that is, the right) side of the Atlantic. I've had the misfortune in recent years to read not one but two novels containing lengthy descriptions of cricket matches,

What were the novels?

John Dean
Oxford
More from Henry Blofeld this afternoon (India are playing Pakistan ... stump." No trace of a snigger from the commentary box.

Well that's certainly cleared it all up for those of us on the left (that is, the right) side of ... Locator of a site that would provide the basics for the cricketally-challenged (like what's a "batter," what's a "wicket," etc.)?

No help here but Dorothy L. Sayers' "Murder Must Advertise" stops cold right in the middle with a cricket game and doesn't progress the story any that I could ever see. I suppose, it being a mystery based in an advertising agency, Mrs. Sayers was taking a non-commercial break.

Nell
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