A cricketer in an unusual place

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Mike writes…

While at the excellent Wroxham Miniature Worlds in Norfolk a couple of years ago, when such heady pursuits were possible, I happened upon this curious field setting in the most delightful village surrounds.

Note the rarely seen long stop, in conjunction with the lack of slips and a square leg umpire who clearly enjoys the danger aspect of the game.

Those ludicrously short square boundaries might also pose significant risk to passing trains and automobiles.

There’s no way all match personnel and spectators are crowding into that pavilion, even in non-socially-distanced times. Thoroughly accurate in all other regards, however.


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  1. I love Wroxham Miniature Worlds!! We found it when on holiday in Norfolk a couple of years ago and needed an activity for a day that was pouring with rain.

  2. Richmond had a boundary like that. Ijaz Ahmed once scored 200 in a 25 over cup game. I can only imagine the carnage in the town as cricket balls came raining down…

  3. There is only 2 cars in the pavilion car park which may explain the small size of the pavilion.

  4. Well this really is most irregular. It seems to me that the spectators are on the field of play.

    Either that or the long stop isn’t on the field of play and there is an invisible boundary line.

    Terrific spot Mike & all that, but many of us will no doubt be having nightmares about the possibilities there for weeks.

    1. I wondered if it’s actually the next batsman in, rather than the long stop, adopting at T20-esque poise so he’s ready to face within 90 seconds of the next wicket. Presumably will need to grab the bad (and pads?) of the departing player though.

      An alternative thought is that if the wicket-keeper’s got knees like that, the fielding side blooming well needs a long stop.

  5. I thought the field setting in the adjacent field was even more curious, looks like the cows are employing a pincer movement on the unsuspecting farmer.

  6. Leics still progressing nicely towards the innings defeat I expected. At least thanks to the wonders of working from home today and the internet I can actually watch Hassan Azad bat.

    I may just support Darren Stevens instead. At this rate he might be playing first class cricket longer than Leics will.

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