Bad light stopped play

Bowled on 17th May, 2008 at 13:07 by
Category: England cricket news, New Zealand

Everyone's least favourite gadgetIt’s not often we agree with Mark Nicholas, if only because we don’t float through life spouting words like ‘divine’ and ‘exquisite’ every second sentence, but we think he had a point yesterday as he commentated over Channel 5’s highlights of cricketers walking on and off the field.

Nicholas reckons that cricketers can play in worse light than they currently do and most people who’ve been at a cricket ground on a faintly murky day will probably agree.

The magical thing about the human eye is that it responds to the amount of light available. Obviously there’s a limit and equally obviously it can get dangerous when there are lanky, demonic sociopaths flinging cricket balls at your face, but the point where bad light is offered to the batsman is too soon.

It’s May. Even under the heaviest cloud cover, it can never get that gloomy in the middle of the day, yet England and New Zealand went off five times yesterday. If Simon Taufel and Steve Bucknor had ever visited England in December, they’d have had their sunglasses on yesterday.

Maybe England’s fabulously white kit had sucked up all light in the vicinity. That use of ‘fabulously’ was brought to you by Mark Charles Jefford Nicholas.


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  1. Dada   //   May 17th, 2008 at 13:46

    At risk of sounding like a serious cricket related comment, surely domestic umpires had a vast advantage in this regard. They also had a better idea of potential weather conditions. Why were they removed again?

  2. Lemon Bella   //   May 17th, 2008 at 13:46

    Jefford is definitely going on The List of Names That Are Good For Cats.

  3. sasha   //   May 17th, 2008 at 14:11

    For the batsmen: http://tinyurl.com/6hnjdq

    For the bowler: http://tinyurl.com/67jded

    For the fielders: http://tinyurl.com/5oett3

  4. King Cricket   //   May 17th, 2008 at 14:16

    You have permission to dust your hands down in ‘job done’ fashion.

  5. Mel   //   May 17th, 2008 at 16:19

    In a bid to save money, avoid planning regulations, and ensure that crowds see a full day’s cricket in murky light, may I suggest that that grounds play a loop of slow songs over the PA? The Great British Public’s propensity to wave lighters aloft at the first bars of “Stairway to Heaven” or “Angels” should ensure enough light for play to continue.

  6. Dada   //   May 17th, 2008 at 18:18

    We never stop for ‘bad light’. Rain maybe, but not being able to see the ball is seen as a poor excuse from a batsman or fielder. Bowlers dont need to see the ball.

  7. Jrod   //   May 18th, 2008 at 07:34


  8. Sportsfreak   //   May 18th, 2008 at 09:22


    England missed a huge trick in coming off on Day 2 at 66/0 with our boys bowling pies and rain forecast on Day 3.

    That kind of mindset, most famously displayed in Adelaide 2006 is what separates you from where you should be.

    BTW, Hamilton 08 is another good example

  9. Miriam   //   May 18th, 2008 at 22:13

    I couldn’t agree more, and was about to mention Hamilton until I scrolled down and read to the end of your comment. I know I’m always saying this but you have to dare to lose, to win, and England don’t dare to lose.

    Re the kit, I would have thought that England’s new kit (which looks EVEN WHITER in real life than on TV) would help the light situation, as it is bright enough to emit its own glow.

    Mel, or the PA system could play some hardcore trance and give out glowsticks.

  10. Ceci   //   May 18th, 2008 at 23:08

    Been watching too much Dave and UK TV Gold for Mark Nicholas reminds me of someone…


  11. Spigot   //   May 19th, 2008 at 08:55

    I always thought Margot and Princes Leia were the same lady…

  12. RC   //   May 19th, 2008 at 08:59

    Sorry to intrude upon your reflections of a not-so-glorius English summer so far.. but I thought this might cheer you up – this is a Hayden interview recently appeared in Cricinfo. Toe-curlingly outstanding stuff from the guy you love to hate the most… http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/351213.html

  13. Mel   //   May 19th, 2008 at 15:38

    You could be right there, Spigot…


  14. Dada   //   May 19th, 2008 at 15:43

    Harmison broke Hoggards thumb. Hows that for banging the door down?

  15. Ne   //   May 19th, 2008 at 16:49

    Argh! My eyes!

    Darn you Mel! Darn you to heck!

  16. ko   //   May 19th, 2008 at 19:07

    great stuff from haydos! favourite quote so far:

    That’s for two reasons: for my fitness and power, and for body position


  17. Ed   //   May 19th, 2008 at 22:47

    Sorry if it sounds like I’m preaching to the converted here, but Mathew Hayden is a pretentious prick.

    He might as well say “It’s a good job I wasn’t around in Bradman’s era, he might not have got a game”.


  18. Mahinda   //   May 20th, 2008 at 12:32

    *clicks linky*

    Aaaaarrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhhh! My eyes! It burns!

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