After a wonderful afternoon in the rain and cold, I wanted to share with you my first experience playing the international game of Cricket. As an American, I can tell you that I have never seen a match, much less know the rules, or how to play the game.
That said, when I was asked to participate, I JUMPED at the chance! And why not?!!
How often is one asked to play the game of cricket!
Now for some background history and how the game is played...
No one knows when or where cricket commenced, however, it is believed that it was created during Saxon or Norman times by children in the 16th century and obviously has continued to present day.
The object of the game is to make runs to gain points, in a way, it is similar to baseball but completely different.
The bowler (pitcher) chucks a ball similar to a baseball only scarlet in color, heavier, and just a tad bit smaller, which makes it easier and harder to see, since we are wearing helmets with a face guard.
Behind the batsman(woman) is a wooden stand consisting of three sticks called a wicket that we must defend. If the bowler strikes the wicket, it is an automatic out. There are also 11 players and intead of running to bases in a diamond, you run back and forth between the two wickets. The bats(wo)man is able to hit the ball six or more times depending if it is thrown correctly, and the ball must bounce before you are able to swing away.
Marisa (REAL DEAL) Raymond and I practicing with our team (The Mermaids) bowling.
After a very brief warm-up, we were invited inside the château to warm up and enjoy the fruit of their labors!
Sometimes, I just have to pinch myself.... living in France allows me to enjoy the simplest of pleasures. I am so grateful to be able to have these wonderful experiences and meet wonderful women who are so very kind, generous, and above all, unforgettable.
Mark, the owner of Château Giscours, personally invited us to taste the 2003 vintage of his house.
Then came lunch!
After a wonderful lunch of sharing, good eats and wine... The Mermaids suited up and took to the field!
We all did exceptionally well, considering many of us never picked up a bat or held a cricket ball in our lives.
I even bowled well (the ref told me so!) and hit the ball twice!
I also attempted to make a run, throwing down the bat to run to the base, turns out, you have to run WITH the bat!
I did apologize, saying, 'American baseball!' They understood completely!
In the end, the Nantes team ensnared us in their nets!
The Mermaids of Giscours hope to fish-slap and splash their way to victory in the future.
We all came off the field with huge smiles on our faces, mud on ou( feet, and a little bit of wind burn, but all in all...
It was a jolly good time, governor!
And as Winston Churchill was famously quoted as saying, we must KPO, "Keep Plodding On!"
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
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