The Wisden Cricketer holds a cricket day every year.
This year it was at Lord’s, which you may have heard of. This meant I got to play at Lord’s on the Nursery ground (you can’t have everything) with several members of the English Women’s Cricket team.
My team was captained by Claire Taylor, yes Claire fucken TAYLOR, best batsman in the world Claire Taylor.
She also kept wickets, I stood next to her at slip. It was just me and Clare Taylor in the cordon at Lord’s. For all of 3 balls.
Then I bowled to Danielle Hazell as Claire Taylor kept and shouted encouragement to me, I think, she had a mouth guard on. She could have been saying anything. Probably “pitch it up, idiot”.
Later on Claire Taylor and I talked tactics, batting order and how I should bowl.
Ofcourse the day wasn’t all great. Danielle Hazell did hit me over the training nets. Although she hit someone else further. Later on I was hit for six by another English women’s player, I forget who, which is a shame because I then got her out.
Legspin wise I did pull a few down. But I’m a club spinner playing at Lord’s, I am supposed to pull a few down.
My other wicket was that of Rob Hawk, from Hawk bats, which might have ruined my sponsorship deal with him.
There were other highlights. Lawrence Booth flailing wildly with his eyes closed trying to imitate Wes Durston and somehow hitting a six of Simon Briggs. Andrew Miller playing and missing at five balls straight of a last over before finishing off with a six. And Rosalie Birch’s batting, which was pretty good for a retiree. Rosalie works for chance to shine, and I think she would agree, that playing with me was her chance to shine.
My favourite moment had to be when I burnt Anya Shrubsole when running between wickets with her. She made a diamond duck, but it was her fault. These professional cricketers just don’t back up. I can’t see how it could be my fault for hitting the ball straight to Cricket With Balls’ Holly Colvin and taking off. Anya was a good sport about it, she only spent the next 2 hours telling everyone I had run her out. Some people can’t face up to the truth.
I made up for it in the next over when I edged a ball of Jenny Gunn for the winning runs of the tournament. Although had a stuffed up the chase I would have questioned Jenny Gunn’s action in true aussie style.
It was a good day, but this photo of Andrew Miller and John Stern making sweet cricket love was really wrong.
This post was written by Jarrod Kimber, who recently hit the winning runs in a final at Lord’s.
That is right, I’m all over the yellow book.
My pieces are on blogs and twitter, because they wouldn’t let me enter in any of my in bed with series.
These are the first ever articles focused on blogs and twitter in the almanack.
And possibly the last.
According to Wisden’s site, “An unrivalled team of writers”, worked on the book. They don’t mention me personally, but only because I would overshadow the rest of the writers.
You don’t have to buy it because I am in it.
But if you want to buy it, I’m in it.
This is part of my 5 year plan, at year 2 I am editor of the book, and at year 4 president of the ICC, and year 5 I want to sing in Vegas.
My gig at the Wisden Cricketer is back up and running, and I used it to write about everyone’s favourite seamer who looks like he should be in a cover band, Ryan Sidebottom.
So get over there and read it.
It also has largely unnecessary mentions of John Carpenter’s Halloween.
Scratch that, no mentions of John Carpenter’s Halloween are unnecessary.
After some time The Wisden Cricketer has decided to mention my first book on their pages.
I notice they don’t review it, perhaps they were unsure what mark to give such a seminal piece of literature knowing that years later it could embarrass them.
This is the free plug post.
Since Lawrence Booth is busy promoting my book, I thought it was only fair to plug his reprinting of Cricket, Lovely Cricket?
I haven’t read it, only because I don’t really read cricket books (unless they are written by obscure Indian Openers), but everyone I know seems to have read it and loves it. Plus Lawrence is a shit hot writer, so I am sure his books are tasty.
The Wisden Cricketer has a ‘bookazine’ out called The Story of the Ashes. It is written by TWC’s resident pimp, Ed Craig. I haven’t spoke to Ed for months, so he must have been busy working on this, it is about the greats of the Ashes, and Michael Vaughan.
Lastly is snaptu, which I have had on my phone for a while but I refused to put a plug up for him because he wasn’t paying me, and there was nothing in it for me.
Now there is, so here is his plug:
“Let the mobile banter begin – ICC World Cup meets Twitter and Facebook on Snaptu Cricinfo!
Cricinfo’s mobile phone service from Snaptu has added live auto updating ball by ball commentary and comes with one of the top mobile Twitter services, plus mobile access to cricket blogs
Download it at cricinfo.
Or put m.snaptu.com/cricinfo in your phones browser.
This video shows the Cricinfo application in action.
Apart from following the matches in the Cricinfo service, you’ll find Twitter, Facebook and news reader apps on the main screen. You only need log into Twitter or Facebook once, then open the news reader and select “add channels” to get access to a catalogue of cricket blogs (including JRod’s Ballsy Blog – sports/cricket/Australia folder). You can also input any blog url to put it on your main news screen. Opening up a blog article you can tweet, post to Facebook or email any story that catches your attention.
So follow the action ball by ball and tweet your heart out!”
That is right, you can follow me on your mobile phone, where ever you are, alway’s take my balls with you.