Leopards Loose in The Domain
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Out of a steel neon jungle the big cats
prowl through the wind in the willows wuthered,
but when we come to play it is clear that
I was pumped and the boys truly mothered!
First up I bowled a seaming inswinger
and rapped on the pads…”how was that?” I shout,
pivoting to see a pointing finger,
but the bastard umpire says “not out!”.
Behold the shot, the call of “no, yes, no”…
a sledge and slog over the white pickets
and puffs of stupefying herb that blow
in post-match bar in the oak tree thickets.
For a play and a prey the big cats reign
when the Leopards are loose in The Domain.
Written: November 1992
Pic above is of Auckland Domain.
*The Leopards are a cricket team.
*Cricket bats are made from willow trees.
*Mothered is slang for extremely drunk.
*Inswinger is a type of bowling delivery.
*If a bowler appeals to an umpire for a
dismissal and he agrees the batsman is
out he points and raises his finger.
*Sledge is a cutting insulting remark.
Copyright © Keith D Trestrail | Year Posted 2022
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