Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

4 wickets in 4 balls

Never been done in first class cricket (until now):

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200703/s1884560.htm

wow.
Permalink trollop 
March 29th, 2007 5:49am
Problem was we still lost!
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 29th, 2007 5:56am
yeah, malinga is amazing. I would hate to face him, with that weird action and that pace.

too bad it looks like oz are gonna clean up, without much resistance. I guess Vaughan and Fletch are working on a "restrict Hayden" plan right now ...
Permalink $-- 
March 29th, 2007 6:15am
>> Problem was we still lost!

We? Interesting!
Permalink Send private email (100 + 85)/2 
March 29th, 2007 8:19am
that's what I was thinking ... "we?"
Permalink Send private email Tapiwa 
March 29th, 2007 10:42am
People don't side with their teams like that in other countries?

It's common in the U.S. even for American football. If I like the Bears and the Rams cream them I might say 'we lost'.
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 10:44am
Hasn't Stephen written about his experiences in Sri Lanka frequently? I've always thought he was a Brit expat living in Sri Lanka, so it seems reasonable that he has adopted the national team.
Permalink DF 
March 29th, 2007 10:54am
Yes, I use 'we' because that nice Mr. Tebbitt told me to.

I actually live two-thirds of the year in Saudi Arabia, but they don't have a cricket team yet, so there is no conflict of loyalties.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 29th, 2007 11:34am
see, I thought he was Brit too.
Permalink Send private email Tapiwa 
March 29th, 2007 12:02pm
I was wondering, but didn't bother to ask.

I like SL's team. Exciting batsmen and Murali is gas to watch. I had hoped they might beat those damned horse-trail-eons, but most likely it won't happen. dammit.
Permalink $-- 
March 29th, 2007 12:06pm
Bah! Sri Lanka! They beat us right royal! *Weep*

Kerry Packer is vindicated. Since when did onedayers get classified as first class?
Permalink Send private email Plus ça change 
March 29th, 2007 12:25pm
Is this kinda like the same guy hitting 4 homeruns straight in a row?
Permalink JoC 
March 29th, 2007 5:48pm
Only in being a very rare occurrence like 4 successive holes-in-one in professional golf.

Closest analogy I can invent would be if baseball had 4 or more strikers per innings and the pitcher had the skill and good fortune to remove strikers with 4 successive throws in the World Series. I don't know how to look, but has that ever happened with 3 strikers per innings?

Interestingly different usages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat_trick
Permalink trollop 
March 29th, 2007 6:29pm
in cricket, you have to get 10 out of 11 (because their are always two batsmen in at once) of the opposing team out to end that team's innings.

A hattrick is 3 wickets (men out) in 3 *successive* balls. It almost never happens, because when 2 have just fallen, the next guy is certain to be in a very defensive mode for at least a shot or two.

So Malinga took 4 in 4 successive - almost unheard of.
Permalink $-- 
March 30th, 2007 5:27am
another point of confusion is that an "innings" in cricket is when *one* team bats - a half-innings in baseball, right?
Permalink $-- 
March 30th, 2007 5:30am
There isn't really an equal comparison in baseball.

In baseball, you do hear the phrase 'three up, three down' which means three batters came up and got out.

It might indeed be rare for all three to have gone out on a single pitch each. Four would be impossible, but I suppose you could count the top (or bottom) of the next inning.
Permalink JoC 
March 30th, 2007 10:50am
Yes, $-- that is a half inning, the top, and the bottom.
Permalink JoC 
March 30th, 2007 10:51am

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