The location: Pinkerton Park, Franklin, Tennessee, USA
The participants: Caroline (stolidlimeberry), Kate (purplicious), Kate's brother Jonathan, Ondrea (cat_incarnate), Susanna (sanna1116), and yours truly.
Nationality of participations: 5 Americans, 1 New Zealander (if you couldn't guess, that's me in the New Zealand one day cricket team's shirt).
Photos are courtesy of Kate on my camera, and Susanna running around madly with hers.
Before the game, we first picked up food. Have camera, will take photos. I think this is a fantastic picture of Kate, an amusing one of Jonathan, and pretty blahish of me.
Now let's go play cricket!
Whatever we're doing here, it has something to do with setting up the game.
Me putting the stumps in the ground.
OK, Americans who were not at the game, note this picture and note it well. This is part of your sporting education and general enhanced cultural awareness. Pictured below are WICKETS. The three long things are called STUMPS. The two little things across the top are BAILS. Should the bails be dislodged and you're the batsman, you are (generally) out. You can be dismissed via other means too.
Now, here I am, demonstrating cricket to the Americans. (Sidenote: sounds like what I'd expect to read in some 18th century journal: "now, here I am, bringing culture to the natives ...")
Susanna (left) and Caroline (right), are not listening ...
... definitely not listening.
Once everyone was listening again, I demonstrated how to bowl.
Now, let's play! I'm not quite sure what sport Caroline thought she was playing, though. Let us now laugh at two pictures of her hysterical batting method.
Here comes KATE THE ATHLETIC!
She can hold a bat much better than Caroline!
Shame she missed the part about running with your bat extended in front of you!
Jonathan's got the evil eye and his lasers will blow off the bails.
And while I was the only one who could actually bowl properly ...
... I think this is a pretty damn fearsome bowling attack!
Ability of Americans to play cricket: 0/10
Ability of Americans to entertain people of Commonwealth nationalities by playing cricket: 11/10
Actually, zero out of ten may be unfair - they did well for a first try! I had a grand time. Now to try to introduce rugby to them! Well, maybe I'll find some males. Get them away from pansy American football and teach them to play like real men.