Not a great deal of time to write this morning, late start to the day thanks to a trip to the dentist.
Rollicking test match down in Jamaica, and it just keeps getting better. Dravid put up what some are calling his most thrilling ton in a decade, all the while setting up what seems to be an impossible run chase for the West Indies. If they do happen to win this match, however, it might go down in history as one of the most famous wins ever for the Windies.
It seems run chases like the one required, however, just do not happen in Jamaica, specifically on the pitch they are playing on today. This is a part of the game that I find just fascinating. Every pitch is wholly different from every other pitch. Not just because of recent weather, or any other small sample sizes, but based on long sheets of historical data. There are pitches that are known to be good for bowlers, and pitches that are known to be good for batsmen. Some have slopes, some have grassy patches, some are hard as rocks. Getting to know each pitch has proven to be tough for this cricket novice. But if you say the word “Adelaide” to an avid cricket follower, he will be able to tell you all about the pitch.
In American baseball, there are hitters parks and pitchers parks, of course, but those are based simply on the boundaries and sometimes on elevation.
(I love baseball because every field is different. Same with cricket. There is room for magic.)
Back in County Cricket: Sussex are off to Cardiff this evening, while Notthinghamshire defeated Lancashire by six wickets in the County Championship. There are several other FLt20 matches today, as well, and I am looking forward to the weekend when I will be able to watch them on willow.tv.
Other than the big test series (Ashes, India in England…etc), County Cricket is what most intrigues me. Some day, I hope to put my feet up in a deck chair at a sparsely crowded county ground, coffee in hand, and take in an entire day’s worth of cricket. Some day.
But to get there, I first need to sell some things. So: until tomorrow: Here’s one of those grounds: