The "Crickets"

I’ll be doing some traveling coming up, including some much-needed vacation, but I wanted to share one last bit of fun from Farnborough.

It has to do with an honor bestowed upon me for my performance on the field at the end of the air show last month.

The cricket field, that is.

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On the field, batting ..

The Boeing air show Communications team has a tradition during Farnborough years. After a long week of working the chalet, the team retires one evening to a rural village in the county of Surrey called Pirbright.

It’s about 35 miles southwest of London, just 6 miles from Farnborough and is the home of the Pirbright Cricket Club, whose members play on the same village green where their predecessors first trod more than 220 years ago.

My colleague and good friend Charlie Miller, our Boeing vice president of International Corporate Communications, is a member of the Pirbright club.

He and a few other club regulars helped explain the rudiments of the game to their colonial cousins from the States (before we proceeded to generally embarrass ourselves).

It was a lot of fun as we tried our hand at bowling (pitching) with a straight arm that you’re not allowed to bend at the elbow - and batting with a large bat made out of willow that you have to carry with you as you run.

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.. and running.

By the way, cricket is also a great opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage while you play, and our hosts showed us wonderful hospitality, including said beverages as well as barbecue and pot luck dishes.

Well, to my surprise at the end of a balmy evening, Charlie and the other Pirbright players unanimously selected me as “Man of the Match” for my all-round performance. Incidentally, last time it was awarded to the “Woman of the Match.”

I’m told that I quickly grasped the somewhat unnatural technique of bowling. Apparently I batted quite well and scored some good runs.

I also made a “stunningly good” catch right on the boundary. Keep in mind that when compared to baseball, not only is the cricket ball harder, you don’t wear a glove in the field.

So, I humbly received my award - a Pirbright Cricket Club sweater, which I will wear with pride back home in Seattle.

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Here I am receiving my Pirbright Cricket Club sweater, along with Tom Downey, Boeing senior V.P. of Communications (center), and Charlie Millier, V.P. of International Corporate Communications (right).

By the way, I had to turn down the offer of a game playing for the club side on the Sunday after the air show (I was headed home) - but I suspect they may have been just a little kind with their offer.

As Buddy Holly would say, “that’ll be the day” I’m good enough to compete alongside those pros!

Comments (6)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

lol - if you want more action, keep up with India's IPL (Premier League) when its on - and soon the Twenty20 (T20). Nice post!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

I have a feeling that cricket is not quite as easy as one might perceive but it looks like a fun game.

tf:

Except for the right leg, the batting picture looks like a perfect golf swing.

btw- does Charlie Miller suspect you contribute to his 'work performance review'?
:-)

Takeshi (Auckland, New Zealand):

Very well done for a first timer ! Just remember to ground your bat as you approach the other crease ! Bit like landing your nosewheel, actually.

Dan (Western Australia):

That does look like a very nice lofted on-drive there Randy! Did that clear the boundary for 6 runs?

Rajesh Kumar (Chennai, India):

Good that you enjoyed cricket....it is our national religion here in India!

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