Sunday, 10 October 2010


Poem 145 of 230:  DOT-BALL

                                            A "strike,”
                                      Makes game fair:
                                   A     swing     of     air,
                               And     bowlers     receive
                          What batsman can’t retrieve -
                       A  dot-ball  against  their  name;
                    Whereas in Tests there is no blame.
               Adding to this the forced increased-pace,
             To my mind, one-day cricket wins the race.
          And, as for the corruption plaguing both codes,
      Once   more,   “regulationism”   must   be   imposed.

(Or,  if  an  umpire  says  "air swing,"  the  batsman  goes..?)

(C) David Franks 2003

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