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The vagaries of commentating on cricket

Test Match Special [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/tms/default.stm] has long held a space in the hearts of cricket fans and after fifty years on the radio has provided some of the best (English, eccentric) quotes on the radio not related to the Eurovision song contest. The Guardian’s Over By Over [http://sport.guardian.co.uk/cricket/overbyover/story/0,,2088063,00.html] online commentary hasn’t quite made it to the stratospheric heights of commentary yet, but this one would make Brian Johnston smile….

49th over: England 200-2 (Vaughan 79, Pietersen 44) Pietersen clatters Gayle through the covers for three and then, later in the over, two more. It’s as effortless as a love rat swaggering up to a girl in Farringdon Wetherspoons and securing her number/getting slapped in the face before being escorted off the premises, and all because of a misunderstanding over the contemporary/classical use of the word ‘tart’.

Posted on May 25, 2007   #Nothing in Particular  

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