Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

No Need to Bowl over Wife When It Comes to Cricket

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

No Need to Bowl over Wife When It Comes to Cricket

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I LOVE fifty overs cricket. In fact I love watching all forms of cricket and fortunately live with a woman who would willingly sit up all night every night to watch it with me.

Actually, she would sit up all night watching it whether I was watching it or not....and all day too.

She used to watch me playing cricket when we were first married.

She didn't watch me bowl because I was never allowed to bowl. She only watched me bat very briefly, because I wasn't very good at that either.

So, truth to tell, we spent a lot of time together, watching other people playing cricket.......

That's what we've being doing in the last week or two as the lovely Aussie boys got the better of South Africa.

I am sure we'll be doing the same thing during the upcoming World Cup.

The 1992 World Cup was the first to be played in the Southern hemisphere.

The South Africans were included for the first time. South Africa had just re-joined the International Cricket Council as a Test-playing nation following the end of apartheid.

That 1992 Cup was very controversial.

England was playing South Africa in one semi-final and, towards the end of the 43rd over, South Africa needed 22 runs to win off 13 balls.

Rain interrupted play. With two overs lost due to rain the target was reduced to 22 runs off just one ball.

Funny game cricket sometimes; the Poms won by 20 runs and went through to play Pakistan in the Final.

They were then bowled out for 227 runs off 49.2 overs, chasing Pakistan's total of 6 for 249.

Australia were the champions in 1987 when rules about rain-interrupted matches were somewhat different

Shortly before that March 1992 World Cup, my job then, as Dean of USQ's Faculty of Engineering, had taken me to the city of Portsmouth on the south coast of England.

I was there to meet an interesting bloke who subsequently joined us as a professor of something absurdly complicated in the field of mechatronics. …

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