It was the English writer/poet/playwright Neville Cardus who penned the phrase, "the glorious uncertainty of cricket."
Neville would have had a smile on his face in the cricket heavens as he looked down upon the Bowral-Robertson Burrawang first grade game at Bradman Oval last Saturday.
It went something like this.
Robertson Burrawang batted first in the 45-limited over game, hellbent on avenging an earlier season defeat to Bowral.
But at 6/40 the visitors were in a spot of bother on a wicket that had more ginger on it than Meggs' head.
It appeared Robertson would struggle to reach 100.
They had, according to your correspondent who was one of the umpires, "blew it."
Then along came Cluett, Zac Cluett, a rawboned youngster with fire in his eyes.
He took to the Bowral bowlers as though they owed him rent.
A swashbuckling unbeaten 62 enabled his team to finish on 153, a competitive tally.
I asked Cluett why he batted so far down the order.
He replied:" I have not been able to get to practice due to my job as a tennis court renovator."
Anyone for tennis? Not likely if cricket in the option.
Bowral, acknowleding they had a fight on their hands were 3/0 and succumbed to be all out for 69.
We all abuse the English language.
Nobody I know is "word perfect."
But there are times when I, and I'm sure you, grate your teeth at the words that spew from celebrities mouths
My pet hate phrase is:"at this point of time."
Do you mean "now?"
Which brings me to a really good mate in Australian's Rugby League coach, Mal Meninga.
Mal, on Saturday after the win over Lebanon in the World Cup, addressed the media with a frank post game assessment of the Kangaroos' performance.
If he said "you know" once, he said it a thousand times.
Mal, we interview you so that you can enlighten us.
We really don't know until you tell us!!!
Nasty Observation of the Week:
Three of Scotland's World Cup Rugby League team have been scrubbed out of the tournament due to drunken behavior.
Fair enough but the way Scotland have been playing it's enough to drive you to drink!