Wednesday 19 February 1986

…In PE we did non-stop cricket.
Didn’t hit the ball once but I got two people out…

I’ve had to look this one up, as I had no idea what non-stop cricket was.

Turns out it is a demented incarnation of the titular original, requiring the batsman to run regardless of whether they’ve hit the ball or not, and for the bowler to bowl as soon as they are thrown the ball.

We would have played this on the council fields across the road, behind the police station.

Why were ten-year-olds being made to participate in such maniacal business? I never enjoyed school sports, whatever my age, but I probably tolerated this more than, say, a normal game of cricket, by virtue of it being such a legitimised shambles.

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