The Bounder in Science

The Bouncer in Cricket

January 18, 2016

This can be seen on “youtube cricket bouncer” via google. It is probably the most vicious thing in all sport apart from the short arm tackle in rugby, the latter is banned.”

According to various dictionaries, a bounder is:

“One who doesn’t know his place. One whose ambition leads him to step out of line or exceed his proper social standing.”

“A dishonourable man; a cad. A social climber.”

“an obtrusive, ill-bred person.”

Bowled you a googly there, Ron!





One Response to “The Bounder in Science”

  1. Interested Observer Says:

    It seems that Ron knows about as much about cricket as about everything else he writes about.

    “It is a very short pitched bowl that is aimed at intimidating the batsman, so in modern cricket the batsman is encased in armour from head to foot.”

    It’s a ‘ball’, not a ‘bowl’.

    “The first scene shows a bouncer hitting a batsman on his helmet. A good batsman can play a hook shot or glancing square cut at a bouncer”

    A ‘glancing’ shot is a deliberate deflection. A square cut is a full-blooded shot and by definition cannot be ‘glancing’. More often than not a ‘good batsman’ will evade a bouncer and play no shot at all.

    “but in amateur cricket, helmets are not worn, a bouncer could easily kill a batsman by hitting him on the head or the heart for example.”

    Actually, Ron, helmets are widely used in amateur cricket. They are compulsory for all players under the age of 18.

    “The umpires are supposed to restrict bouncers, but I think that they should be banned completely.”

    There are laws governing the use of bouncers, but the vast majority of players and spectators appreciate them as thrilling spectacle and as a crucial tactic. No serious lover of cricket thinks they should be banned. Two of the greatest exponents of the bouncer were Welsh: Simon Jones and Greg Thomas (‘the fastest white bowler in the world’), one of the few Welsh speakers to play international cricket. Would you ban them too?

    Why do you care, anyway? You have just written this about the ‘rules of cricket’ [they’re not ‘rules’, Ron, they’re ‘laws’]:

    “No one understands them, and even fewer the rules of baseball. A cricket match can go on for six days, so most people just fall asleep.”

    No it can’t. The longest cricket match played today (a Test) lasts five days, maximum. Why do you want to ban something you don’t understand in a game you don’t even like?

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