Back to Mambo's and a game of Cricket

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 19, 2012

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Eastern Province,
Sunday, July 1, 2012

The plan that was made last night was to get up earlier and head up to Small Point near Mambo's for surfing. That was before the power outage and the party. Andy and Kathryn, if you are reading this, the power went off about 30 minutes after you left. Had to be your fault. To make it worse, no one told the crows and the dogs that we got no sleep. They were all still wide awake at 5:30.

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. Looks like the waves were also not informed of their plans to surf.

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. They were trying to honor me. I accepted, got the first guy "out" or I got his wicket, which was their last batter, so we were up. They insisted that I bat first. I was out first bowl, but the ref insisted that the bowler had crossed the line, so a foul. I next did much better with a series of hits: a 6, 4, 2,1,6,1 and then out. Julie took several pictures and one video. Of course the video was of me getting out.

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. If someone catches your ball, or knocks down the wickets while you are running in between, you are out. So when I say I got one out, what really happened was that he missed it, I caught it and touched the wicket with it while he was just across the crease, or line, just in front of the wicket. That is how I got out as well. A 6 is an automatic score when hit a good distance and a 4 the same but rolls over that distance, and the rest of the scores are simply how many runs you can do between the wickets before they can get the ball back. What really confuses us Americans is after the entire team is out, they usually have 300 or so runs and then all stop for tea in the middle of the pitch (field). Of course, unless an American accidentally hits the channel just when the tea cart comes out, they might not ever know that.

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. I also did some reading and the boys took naps in the covered cabanas.

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.
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Kathryn and Andy on

27 hours later and we're back in the 'sunny' UK. So OK we may have had something to do with the power cut, a futile attempt to ground all flights out of Sri Lanka... or maybe it was just Mambo's sucking all of Arugam Bay's power into its sound system. Enjoy the sunshine, the intermittent lack of electricity and beer, and the cricket. Keep us posted, keep us jealous! Say hi to the crew and the GL gang. K&A

Paulette Puckett on

enjoying your blog.

Susan Woollard on

How exciting! Thanks for sharing.

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