October 22nd, 2007

Cricket

Cricket Sampler

Cricket matches may seem incomprehensible to Americans, particularly the fact that the full-length matches last for five days, each day including about six hours of play. But there are other forms of the game that are shorter, including Twenty20, which takes about as long to play as a typical baseball game. As Cheryl writes, we purchased (for only $10) the download rights for the recently-concluded Twenty20 World Cup tournament. Yes, the results are already known, but especially if you weren't watching for the results when the matches were originally played, this is an opportunity to watch a cricket match (or a bunch of them) for less than the cost of admission to a single major league baseball game.

One drawback is that you can only watch the matches on streaming video; you can't download them and watch them that way. (You can pause the playback, though, which we did before going for a post-dinner walk.) But other than that, it's a pretty good deal, and I certainly enjoyed the match we watched last night as part of our Couch Potato Sports Day (Formula 1, Rugby World Cup final, Cricket).
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