Setting off in the right direction

A beautiful setting for cricket — Colehshill Cricket Club near Birmingham

In all that excitement, kicking it the wrong way was never a surprise!

Cricket shouldn’t have these problems. Yes, we change ends every six balls, but the moment of change is sedate, slow even, and if you forget where you are meant to stand or which end you are bowling at next, there is time to reorientate yourself and take your position. Genuine moments of confusion and comedy arise when the ball is hit, and the fielder has no idea where the ball has gone! This happened on Sunday while our opposition was in full swing chasing our semi-competitive total of 187. Our youngest team member set off like a hare in the opposite direction to where the ball was hit, blaming the sun, saying it was in his eyes. It was hilarious to watch from the middle of the ground! The moment of confusion brought laughter and relief to the team as we battled against the odds to get back into the game.

New boots and new Rainbow Laces for 2021

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Lachlan Smith

Lachlan Smith

Reflections on LGBTQ+ life and experiences playing club cricket in England — the only Aussie + gay cricketer at the club! Contact: lachlantsmith@gmail.com