Friday Hoyden: Zoe Goss

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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5 replies

  1. 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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  2. 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.

    After a very long silence while they absorbed this thought, and possibly stepped out to transact some small errands, they resumed with a leisurely discussion of the England fielding. Neasden, it appeared,was turning in a solid performance at square bowel, while Packet had been a stalwart in the dribbles, though even these exemplary performances paled when set beside the outstanding play of young Hugh Twain-Buttocks at middle nipple. The commentators were in calm agreement that they had not seen anyone caught behind with such panache since Tandoori took Rogan Josh for a stiffy at Vindaloo in ’61. At last Stovepipe, having found his way across the railway line at Flinders Street – the footbridge was evidently closed for painting – returned to the stadium and bowled to Hasty, who deftly turned the ball away for a corner. This was repeated four times more over the next two hours and then one of the commentators pronounced: ‘So as we break for second luncheon, and with 11,200 balls remaining, Australia are 962 for two not half and England are four for a duck and hoping for rain.’
    Needless to say, very little was happening on the pitch. An official in a white coat was chasing after a blown piece of paper and several of the players were examining the ground by the stumps, evidently looking for something. I couldn’t think what, but then one of the commentators noted that England had just lost a wicket, so I supposed it was that.

    There’s lots more. Go read.
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  3. I always liked the old explanation of cricket for foreigners:

    You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
    When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

  4. 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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  5. And ‘You have to feel sorry for him’ — the utter humiliation of being dismissed by a mere sheila, presumably.

    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.

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