Play Cricket for Love, Not Money
this article in a New Zealand 'newsroom'. In case the article has been
deleted it concerns a Kiwi player who was banned from playing for 6 months
because she placed a $2 bet. Her name is Hayley Jensen.
This is something of a thorny issue. Now Jensen has served her sentence and
is back playing and I have no problems with that. If the authorities feel
that was the correct 'punishment' and she's served it - then case closed.
On the more general point that this raises, though, what should be the
attitude of the cricketing authorities to betting. Pretty obviously it would
be wrong to bet on a match you are about to play in, but what about on
another match. Well, perhaps best not, for you may well have friends and
acquaintances playing in that match. The whole situation gets more
problematical if you fancy a bet on the a Premier League football match for
instance. Now I have no idea whether I'd consider this advisable or
otherwise from an ethical point of view, but I would consider it foolish,
although $2 is perhaps not a great sum to throw away.
Bryony Smith (Surrey Stars) at left and Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent)
Katie George playing in an England warm-up Match
Then and Now
The following twitter exchange shows two very remarkable stats. The first
may not be a surprise. Centuries are scored far more frequently today than
in previous time (the 60s is the rough equivalent timescales compared to the
present day). I have written before on the way this game is becoming a
batsman's paradise and a bowler's nightmare. Hypocaust pointed out later
that the wickets fall at roughly similarly intervals so bowlers are rewarded
in much the same way as before, their wickets will simply cost them more.
This does mean that spectators are arriving on the boundary in greater
numbers than before and the sport will/is changing rapidly for this very
reason as the media and cricketing authorities start to wake up to the fact
there's "money in it!"
For those, very possibly most of you who will read this, will not have seen
JB play. My opinions of her talent have been typed many times before and my
reply above shows how I felt on JB's presence at the crease.
The second stat is very revealing. Her rate of scoring of 100s almost
exactly coincides with that of Meg Lanning. It always seemed to me that JB
stood head and shoulders above others at the time. Only one player came
close. Lanning has had a major injury recently. If she's back with the same
fervour as before, it'll be interesting to look at these numbers again in a
few years time.