Myrtle Foster batting...
From Picture Australia's Cricket in Australia Trail
I'm trialling recent comments...I've been reluctant to install this reader-friendly code for several reasons - mainly because unsavoury spam, boynton and duck are so often the only names with runs on the board...
Comments: myrtle batting
Ah, does the old ticker good to see a stout lass with an equally stout piece of willow in her hand, punishing a loose ball.
I also like cricket too.
Posted by Nabakov at June 15, 2004 10:13 PM
Yes - I have since been alerted to the fact that the bat is rather unorthodox.
Also that the photo is 'Back to Front'
(as people used to yell out at slide-nights.)
Gnittab Retsof Eltrym
Posted by boynton at June 16, 2004 12:11 AM
Hmm, I bowled a googly and it went straight through to the keeper.
And I also posted a vers libre love poem to some of the shiny cloudy things that fly through our memories, at;
Posted by Nabakov at June 16, 2004 04:25 AM
When I saw this photo I was reminded of the very strong women's cricket 'culture' that exists in Wellington (NSW) -- a few members of the Aus. team have come from Wello, I think. And that wicket keeper with the wondrful curly lock of hair, Rita Trudgett, bears a very well-known Wellington cricketing family name! I did a quick search of Rita T at BD &Marriages, but could only find a Rita married in 1945, in Newtown, so no clues there.... I wonder......
Posted by wen at June 16, 2004 11:49 AM
Trudgett is certainly a great cricketing name.
Sounds like cricket played *in* Wellingtons. ;)
(Did you search for Ttegdurt?)
Actually Wen, having chose the image totally randomly from the cricket trail, it's wonderful to get this bit of background info, and would be interested to hear any more along the track.
Posted by boynton at June 16, 2004 01:30 PM
the wicketkeeper is indeed a comely lass, or should I say lady (keeping her legs together like that)...
Posted by nardo at June 16, 2004 03:12 PM
Never having played cricket, I didn't notice the stance.
In fact I thought all keepers adopted that Ladylike position.
Now I read that "Both knees are fully bent to adopt a sitting down position.
Legs are astride"
I was sure I could recall one Aus Keeper of recent times who kept in that fashion...
Maybe not Marsh.
btw Is the gentleman at the Left (or Right as the case may be) displaying the correct umbrella carrying stance? ;)
Posted by boynton at June 16, 2004 03:34 PM
he'd be better off with one of those old seat sticks - dunno what they're called! - which serve a dual purpose...
our old coach, a marist brother, would spifflicate us regularly... performances, sadly, did not improve... maybe his did
and I think cricket is popular among women in the pacific islands... an idle google brought little reward, but for these pics (down the page)...
Posted by nardo at June 16, 2004 04:24 PM
Douglas "Bodyline" Jardine always maintained that should the bats ... person ever wield an oversized wooden soup-spoon, then it was best to apply orthodox Legside Theory. No doubt the rationale behind the reinforced cordon backward of square.
With that in mind, and an attacking legside field the order of attack, I just wonder how well equipped for a sharp chance is the escorted urchin.
Posted by Tony.T at June 16, 2004 06:44 PM
The Samoan look is quite stylish and sensible, especially compared to oz women's cricket.
Sarongs are right, skirts are wrong.
The urchin is protecting his escort according to the laws of sibling pecking order. Somwhere between cover and silly point, he might not take the sharp chance, but he'll stop the dull sting.
a cordon blehhh...
Posted by boynton at June 17, 2004 04:48 PM