Browsing All posts tagged under »cricket«

Backyard Croak It (preview)

December 24, 2018


‘Nice to be in the final Big Issue of 2018 (and the first of 2019) with a little yarn about the perils of a Pomeranian pet being on the field during backyard cricket. Edition 577. 26 December 2018 to 10 January 2019. Available from your local vendor for $9. Cheers.   Advertisements

The novice

January 26, 2015


Cricket and snorkelling leave you with plenty of time to ponder the big questions. Can I actually bowl? Can I bat? Am I breathing?

The Gift

January 17, 2015


Warning: may contain cricket jargon. A lot of cricket jargon. Good luck.

The last ball of the last Test

January 10, 2014


Everything is put to rest With the last ball of the last Test The nicks, the cuts The hopes, the fears The drives, the dreams The seventy-odd years The bowler will not overstep the line But she may say a few kind words In her follow-through “Well played,” at least There will be no DRS* […]

Visiting George

December 30, 2013


This story was published in The Big Issue (#447, 6-25 December 2013) I went away for two weeks and came back to find George’s home was up for sale. He’d lived in the cream and green weatherboard house for about 30 years, much of that time on his own. And now he was gone. His […]

On the boundary

December 17, 2013


One conversation. Two writers. On the boundary Paul Bateman and Vin Maskell   Bat and ball He told the story while watching the game. He had written a piece for a magazine about a neighbour of his: a bloke named George, who had lived nearby for 30 years or so; a bloke my mate had […]