Who can forget that golden moment when Zoe Goss dismissed Brian Lara?
Goss was part of the Bradman XI side playing in the Bradman Foundation charity match in 1994. She bowled two for 60 off ten overs, including the wicket of Lara, one of the greatest batters in the history of the game. She had him all ends up with this swinging ball, leaving him both caught behind and stumped (the caught behind was the official reason, as it happened first).
A decade later, Goss said:
“I think it actually did quite a lot for women’s sport. It was at a time when the basketballers and hockey players were doing really well and Cathy Freeman was just starting to kick arse. The game has come along in leaps and bounds since then.”
Perth-born Goss played for Australia for 13 years as a medium-fast bowler and all-rounder. Her highest international innings was 96, against New Zealand in 1988, and she has played in four World Cups.
Here is what Lara would have seen just before his dismissal:
[Image source: Cricinfo]
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Awesome pic, Hoydens! (In both senses of the word – great image of a bowler’s leap before delivery and a great cricketer too!)
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For our foreign friends who might not be 100% au fait with cricket and commentating, or for locals who’d like a brush up, I recommend Bill Bryson’s careful explanation of the rules and culture of cricket. As he notes, he may not have the terminology exactly right, but he believes he has caught the flavour of it.
There’s lots more. Go read.
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I always liked the old explanation of cricket for foreigners:
Don’t you love the way the dreaded Bill Lawry immediately makes that moment all about Lara? And ‘You have to feel sorry for him’ — the utter humiliation of being dismissed by a mere sheila, presumably.
I watched that as it happened. It was a wonderful, wonderful moment.
I wonder whether the absolutely freakish catch that Gary Sweet (yes the actor) took in (I think) the same match is on Youtube anywhere. It’s a great catch, but the money shot is the incredulous look on his face when he realises he’s actually taken it.
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And that’s totally what it turned into – the male-centric media circus about OMG Teh Embarrassment! Lara was bowled by a giiiiiiiirl!
Even my youtube link had that as a title, unfortunately, but I couldn’t find one that didn’t, so I offer a belated apology.