Bushfire Cricket Bash – Ponting XI v Gilchrist XI @ Junction Oval, 3.15pm AEDT

eddiesmith

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Yeah I think it's a bit harsh to criticise Watson, the idea of these charity games isn't to see good tight bowling which yields only 2 runs per over. The bowlers bowl at half speed and the batters are expected to whack them for fours and sixes.

I went along to the game yesterday and enjoyed it. Lara's batting was definitely the highlight. 10 overs each seemed a bit short, but given the match went for more than two hours I can see why they stuck with 10.

Only downside was really how empty the oval was, for a sold out fixture. I'm not sure if there are logistical or legal reasons for not being able to sell more tickets, or if there were a bunch of people that didn't show up, but I stood in a grassed area that was pretty empty, the new stand was quite full, but there were two older stands, one was about half full, the other maybe quarter full. A shame since there seemed to be plenty of demand and lots of people outside asking about buying tickets, yet it felt only about 1/3 capacity.

Otherwise was a great event, and well organised considering the late change in venue.
Yeah it was a bit weird, they said they had 3,500 when the capacity is about 7,000 so can’t understand why they didn’t sell more tickets?
 

akkaps

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Was planning to go to yesterday game, but we found out that it had sold out. Disappointed.

Going to the Australia v India Womens game on Wednesday, let's see the capacity then.
 

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An interesting dynamic in here that Watson and Lara played nearly the exact same innings but one was taking it too seriously while the other is a king.
I guess people read it differently when one guy was only recently playing professional T20 cricket while the other has been retired for more than a decade
 

corbies

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I guess people read it differently when one guy was only recently playing professional T20 cricket while the other has been retired for more than a decade
If anything that means Lara was probably trying harder than Watson to produce the same result.
 

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