Back to Mambo's and a game of Cricket
Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
41Trip End Aug 19, 2012
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So, we were a little late getting around to moving in that direction. Julie and the boys finally headed up there around 10 with Mike and I 45 minutes later and Gwen bringing up the rear, a nice rear as well, about 30 minutes after that. We finally located the boys and Julie playing in the water around the harbor.
I also noticed a group of young Sri Lankans doing something they really enjoy to do, play beach cricket. I took some pictures and then joined them. I took my position in the "field" and then they noticed me. They asked me if I wanted to bowl. I can not bowl a cricket ball (actually a tennis ball here) so I declined, so they next asked me to play the wicket keeper, essentially the catcher.
For those that do not understand the rules of cricket, I don't have time to explain the rules in detail, but here is a simple version. My commonwealth readers please grin and bear with me. A one day game lasts about 5 hours. There are two innings lasting apx half the time. There are 11 a side and all 11 bat until their wicket is taken, knocked down. There are two sets of wickets set 66 feet apart and you run between the wickets. Your job as a batter is to protect the wicket, the three posts with a lintel on top.
Then there are the 5 day test matches between two teams. That is one game played over 5 days. Another story all together.
After that, we swam, played Frisbee, and then headed to Mambo's for lunch.
For those interested, I am currently reading two books: Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin. Some of you may have seen the season 1 on HBO. It is book one of the A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series. The other book I started a while back and is quite good but a little slow for the beach. It is The Tyrannicide Brief, by Geoffrey Robertson, an English Barrister. It is about John Cooke, who put Charles I on trial for crimes against humanity, the first time that ever happened. A great book for historians and those interested in the history of law. I just sent a copy to a friend of mine in Texas, Ned Chapman, who is interested in both.
We hung around till about 5, then headed back to "The Lounge" . Dinner plans are the Gecko for what we hear are the best burgers in the area.