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Ricky Don't Lose That Number


By Barmy Kev
July 3 2017

As Middlesex battle one day 1 of this crucial game Kev reports on his iffy journeys both ways, some random conversations some of which led to wickets and concern on Midlesex current plight

Dodgy start to day I had a pre booked train special deal from Marylebone to Brum . I made a point of arriving at station in good time. About 7 minutes before departure time the scoreboard indicated platform no. 6 the furthest one away. My pre booked ticket could not go through barrier . No staff around to let me through. My only option was to tailgate which I did with me using force to work way through closing barrier. Just caught train which would not have happened without my forceful intent. Phew I'm on train. I'm thinking about the recent painful Essex defeat and that draw early season. As Champions we are now in a relegation battle. However, in the words of LP I must remain optimistic. I'm privileged I can attend these matches and what is the point in turning up to these games having negative thoughts.

I arrived at Edgbaston to hear the news Hi Fi had been dropped /rotated/injured / picked by England. Gubbins and Sowter also not selected from 14 man squad. 

We have elected to bowl , no early wickets and not many runs. On the half an hour Portefield out for 3. Umeed soon gone caught at slip no idea why it took him so long to walk. 19-2 which is promising start for us. Trott who walked in with locals saying how much he has disappointed this season , which sounded ominous for us looks in form. With Hain Dancing In The City  they looked more comfortable than their openers and almost took them to lunch with the ascendancy. Hain is caught behind of the penetrating bowling of Higgins.  Lunch 89-3 it's an even session.

As Lamb and Trott piling on runs after lunch there were discussions on our walking cricket team and being selected for our squad. Before this, the speedily way Beefy crossed the road on the way back from Edgbaston Tapper his place is now in jeopardy. Seaxe Man considered a like for like replacement and said he is up for stationary cricket.

We were again talking about how we lost at Essex which was painful. The conversation moved on to a heated debate on what is the plural of hippopotamus the result undecided.  At this point the key wicket of Trott one less than 50 caught and bowled Helm palming it up in the air falling into his hands. As discussion moved on to what is plural of Higgins Ambrose is plum LBW. Desperate for a wicket we were trying to find variations on plural of Murtagh. It didn't work. At tea 181-5. Still honours just about even.

Final session Lamb was starting to slaughter us after giving us a slow roasting. His wicket sharp slip catch by Robbo off Ollie gave us hope it's 219-6. Barker in and was not good night from him with Ricky Clarke again taking the game away from us. We are in despair for our season as 300 up . It's all gloom and doom as day comes to an end. Conversations about 70s comedy shows raised morale a bit amongst our faithful.  Last over of day Harry has the otherwise solid looking Rickety Clarke plum LBW out for 83, which Left them at  close 302-7. At least wicket off last ball we leave on high, despite worries about where we are in whole scheme of things.

This is our last Championship game till reverse fixture at Lord's in August. We have a potential result wicket here. Let's hope we can turn this round in our favour as defeat will put us in deep mire. 

My journey home thanks to pit stop with Beefy and Rogers and Out and getting lost resulted me in missing last train from Moor Street. I caught a delayed train with same ticket using different company from New Street that stopped at Watford Junction. The scheduled 142 bus from there did not appear and I was looking for alternatives. The bus arrived from nowhere. Luckily the driver waited for me on seeing my haste. My journeys like our season a bit of a roller coaster and hope somehow we can make it home        



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Ricky Don't Lose That Number
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
04/07/2017 00:12
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:07:09:17:36:39 by BarmierKev.

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
adelaide (IP Logged)
04/07/2017 13:01
Nice Danning there. Is your day job doing the musical puns on Homes Under the Hammer?


Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 07:25
Like the upside down
I see the 3 runs you took waiting for the bus back to the city were ommitted,one very funny thing you had to be there to see.
Always entertaining report kev

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 08:47
In case not mentioned in the obviously lively semantic chat beyond the boundary, the word hippopotamus emanates from two ancient Greek words.

Not sure if the site's encryption will allow use of the ancient greek alphabet, so I'll try in English, then research.

"'Ippos" is Greek for "River"

"Potamos" - "River".

(This is the only thing - apart from being able to make myself look silly when declining the Definite Article", that a tedious year of being taught ancient Greek taught me under the tutelage of D. Kemp, uncle of the bloke who briefly achieved very little for us after Kent, Nicky Kemp.)

See any Whispering Dave documentary that shows one of these animals under water, where their weight is supported by the water, and you get the point.

People say that some words which have remained in English that originally emanate from Latin mimic the Latin plurals - so referendum goes to referenda for the pedantic, and Duck Billed Platypus => Platypi, but as we are talking in Greek, I shall revert in due course after more coffee.

A little Latin is a dangerous thing.

Delenda Est Oval-o !!!!!!!!!

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 08:54
Ιπποπόταμος is the way it looks in a usefully dead language.

Apparently you can either cop out and refer to two or more as "hippo's", or "hippopotami" or even "hippopotamuses".

I'm guessing that makes it a score draw at the Edgbaston boundary?

Anyway, back to the cricket ............

How often does a well set batsman not push on the next day? Please let Eski be the exception.

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 11:07
Primrose Hillbilly

How often does a well set batsman not push on the next day? Please let Eski be the exception.

That went well. didn't it?

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
Nursery End (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 20:21
Kev - nice to see you have such good taste in rock music . Steely Dan were were /are a top band who made great albums in the 70's.

RDLTN was of course from Pretzel Logic which was excellent but IMHO bettered by Countdownb to Ecstacy and Can't Buy aThrilll

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
Fozzie (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 22:17
I loved Can't Buy a Thrill in particular. The Royal Scam also merits a mention.

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
adelaide (IP Logged)
06/07/2017 00:52
Once I was in Toys'r'Us in Wood Green and Kings was being played. I heard it again later so someone with taste had obviously prepared a tape. The US version of Van't Buy a Thrill is supposed to have another track, Dallas. Never fear, I've got it on a Probe sample album.

I was going to see them at the Rainbow in 1974 but I got German Measles a few days before and missed that and the first leg of the Spurs-Feyenoord UEFA cup final. I've seen the Steely Dan show a couple of times in London since but missing them when they were a proper band was definitely one of the Things I Miss the Most.

Eski must have felt like King of the World 24 hours ago but can't Do It Again tomorrow, unfortunately. Hopefully we have enough Fire in the Hole to get through tomorrow but favourites? Only a Fool Would Say That.


Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
hdo (IP Logged)
06/07/2017 08:24
Who's going to get the Dirty Work done today?

Re: Ricky Don't Lose That Number
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
06/07/2017 08:48
Well, it would be great to be able to say "The Boys Are Back In Town" with feeling later on today, wouldn't it.

As closed out the Soprano's : "Don't Stop Believing".

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