A rainy day at Kent CCC
Cricket in the UK, it's what the weather know's best!
Cricket is the biggest attraction to Rain!
The background story when it rains during a cricket match
Rain is Cricket's worst enemy. It can make a great game into a boring one, it can cause many people lots of extra work, it can nudge the patience of even the holiest of men, but for the person who likes observation - it can be quite interesting!
This is my synopys of a rainy day at Cricket....
The Office Staff
The amusing fact is that the calls are invariably from people who live within 10 miles of the ground and only have to look out the window to know what the answer's going to be! But all in a days work, although the caller's don't know how close the telephone is to being thrown out the window into the nearest available puddle!
The Ground Staff
To take full Covers off after rain can take up to one hour, then there's driving around with 'The Blotter' (see picture) and other thing's which Groundsmen do which are complete myteries to public and knowledgable people alike!
A tip here is, don't say things to them like "Bet you'll be glad when today's over", "What's the forecast for tomorrow" and "Why do you have to put so many on"?
The Playing Staff
After Lunch and the Umpires have decided upon a 3.30pm Tea followed by a Pitch Inspection, the Players may 'bond'. This involves such activities as Quiz's, playing Cards, reading the papers, laying on the floor amongst a selection of damp clothing, watching TV (repeats of various matches due to the TV game being rained off as well) or playing Football on the Astra Turf outside.
For myself, it can be an easy day physically, but thoughts of jobs at home which you could be doing go through your mind and you know the Umpire's have to go through procedure which will lead to the days play being called off at around 5pm and the time saved will be spent clearing up the wet grass which has been efficiently trodden into the carpeting during the day.
The ideal day for Staff, Members, Fans, Players and even the Dressing Room Attendant is a dry sunny one!
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This incident took place during a county championship match between Glamorgan and Somerset.
In an England v Australia Test during early 1960's Trueman was fielding close to the gate from the pavilion. As a new batsman came out he turned to shut the gate, Trueman said " Don't bother son, you won't be out there long enough."