day 277 – four cricket bats

When I was younger all I use to do was play cricket. Practise took place on Monday night and matches Saturday and Sunday.  It is a game of nuances, routines, patterns and traditions. I never tire of it. The cricket bat is central to the game, often made of willow. The bats used to be prepared with linseed oil, repaired with fibre glass tape and the surface sanded. There was an art to it. At the end of the season the blade of wood visually held the runs and edges of the previous months.


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