Yesterday morning (Christmas Day) I thought I'd go & have a walk around my local town centre while it was deserted. What I was reminded quickly of was that my town is very small, not that instagrammable, & definitely unfestive.
The most notable site in my town are these statues. I've posted them before (indeed I think i posted a pic of them having been yarnbombed in Christmas decor), but it's rare I get to see them completely isolated.
It felt apt, though, to post them today. It's an exact representation of a cricket pitch; a recreation of the 1932-33 series of test matches between England & Australia. Bowling the ball is Harold Larwood, one of England's greatest ever bowlers & probably the most famous person from Kirkby; I believe the chap waiting to catch the ball is Bill Voce, another local bowler. Batting is Donald Bradman, probably the best cricketer to have ever played the game. England won the series 4-1, but it was an incredibly controversial tour, due to the 'aggressive' tactics of England bowling the ball directly at the batsmen's bodies - it was called 'bodyline' & had repercussions long afterwards; indeed Larwood was made the scapegoat for the controversy & never played for England again. He later emigrated to Australia & was warmly welcomed there.
Today saw the start of the 4th Test in the 2017-18 series, which England are currently losing 3-0. Oh how they need bowlers of the likes of Larwood & Voce right now.
Are you a fan of cricket? Or do you find it completely incomprehensible?!