He’s Out! – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille

Lillian at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) on – silly.


Photo: Found on Flickr

I played cricket at school and club cricket for a short time, backyard was my best game ๐Ÿ™‚ The photo shows a fielder evading the ball, for good reason! The fielder is at silly mid-on.

Rough notes: An over is six consecutive deliveries bowled to a batsman. A maiden over is an over where the batsman makes no score. A googly is a deceptive delivery (off-spin instead of leg-spin). Stumped means the batsman is out by means of the wicket-keeper claiming the wicket while the batsman is out of his crease or safe zone. Slip is a fielding position behind the batsman. Square leg is just behind where silly mid-on is shown in the photo, sometimes known as suicide position.


“I understand cricket – what’s going on, the scoring – I can’t understand why.” ย Bill Bryson

He’s Out!

The man with the ball
was exemplary,
bowling a maiden over,
the batsman was stumped
when he missed the googly,
the man at silly mid-off
was battered and bruised,
like the few in the slips,
while the one at short leg
cried, he’s out!

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under Free Verse, poem, Quadrille, quote, Sport

24 responses to “He’s Out! – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Glad you gave the photo and the quick lesson in cricket before the quadrille! We went to Bermuda for 1 to 2 months for five years in a row….and of course, they play cricket. We bought the book “Cricket for Dummies” but never managed to get to a game. Thanks for taking me to one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Who is your all-time favourite ODI player? and why?


    • I miss Sachin Tendulkar – batting was a dream to watch, highest run scorer – amazing. Of the current ODI players – I do like Joe Root of England – he has a relaxed yet polished style of batting – he makes it look so easy. And yours? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Tendulkar was an absolute legend. I’m not the biggest cricket fan but my favourite player of all time was probably Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka. Of the current( lest say recent coz this player is retired now), I would have to say AB De Villiers. I’m South African so I’m sure you can understand my liking for him.

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      • Yes, he was/is a great player too. I must say I haven’t been impressed with our Aussie players too much, attitude hasn’t been good – too arrogant which spoilt it for me.


  3. I used to watch my dad play cricket when I was a child. When I worked in London, we had special days to take clients to Lords, complete with picnic!.

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  4. Perhaps this is the game that inspired Harry Potter’s Quidditch.

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  5. It looks like “silly” is a technical term in cricket.

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  6. Hmm, I still don’t get cricket. (I don’t get football either.)

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  7. Good thing you explained the terms to us, lol.

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  8. lync56

    Very clever


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