A semi-regular feature in which we ask Prince Prefab about cricket – even though he hates cricket.
As we speak, the team in first place in the County Championship has played 12 matches, won four and drawn eight. What do you make of that?
I know what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to draw me into a rant about how can it be possible for a cricket match to be drawn because I don’t understand how that is possible despite you explaining over and over in tedious detail.
But I have a sore throat and I’m feeling sorry for myself and I don’t want to talk about that. Instead, explain to me how the fuck can anyone earn money playing cricket for Hampshire? I’ve seen the grounds on match days and there’s no bastard there. There’s less people there than at an East 17 comeback gig, without Tony Mortimer, in Margate. How’s it viable? How does it buy takeaways and pay for mortgages? How do county cricketers pay for Netflix?
What’s the average attendance for a county game KC? 48?
By the way I’ve just realised I don’t know how many players are in a cricket team. Is it eleven? Like football?
I was actually posing the original question because I thought you’d be taken aback that the league leaders have only won a third of their games. Your answer’s better though.
Yes, there are 11 players in a cricket team. Football presumably thought that seemed like a decent number and copied.
I’m not actually this angry about county cricket I’m sure you are aware. More puzzled.
I was going to go on about how Lancashire weren’t winning. I was always told we were the best. Like Man Utd.
That’s probably a reasonably accurate comparison actually.
England just made the highest-ever score in one-day internationals. What do you make of that?
Not much to be honest. If you’re constantly doing the same thing day after day it’s bound to happen at some point. You know, that monkeytypewritershakespeare thing.
Also, a technical aside here, I just heard some expert on the radio say, ‘it’s easier with these modern bats and the lads are much fitter these days too.’ So basically they hit a few more runs than big fat lads with shit bats.
But, you know, well done.
Interesting point. Do you think cricket’s shooting itself in the foot trying to be all modern and elite? Do you think it needs to crack down on fitness and return to the age of the fatty?
There is far too much of the ‘elite’ about sportsmen and women these days. It’s boring. They’re boring. And they’re always tweeting/instagramming photos of their abs. Bring back Beefy. He never tweets embarrassing photos.
Look at you making knowing references about cricketers.
I only know cos it involved a cock on the loose.