Friday First Drafts

By Dan Liebke

Every Friday, I go through my big list of cricket ideas, and churn out a first draft of something I've got in there. It won't be polished. It may not be interesting. I make no promises. But I'm going to throw something up and see what works and what (infinitely more likely) does not.

Every Friday, I go through my big list of cricket ideas, and churn out a first draft of something I've got in there. It won't be polished. It may not be interesting. I make no promises. But I'm going to throw something up and see what works and what (infinitely more likely) does not.

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#33・

Breaking The Laws - Clumsy Leg Before Wicket

Clumsy Leg Before WicketProblem with Current LawThe current leg before wicket Laws have no aesthetic component to them. It is simply an umpire’s opinion (augmented by ball-tracking technology where appropriate) on whether the ball will go on to hit the stumps…

 
#32・

The Australian Baggy Green Party of Australia - Meet the Candidates

Meghann LANNING, ABGPA candidate for CHISHOLM, on Border Control

 
#31・

Friday First Drafts - On hiatus during the Ashes

More conveniently, you can read it (along with several deleted scenes) over at Patreon for just $3. (Tip: Sign up now and cancel your membership on December 31 if you can't afford the $3.)I'll also be over at theroar.com.au and cricket365.com with other thoug…

#30・

November 2021 Cricket Quiz

2. Which current cricket world champion’s victory doesn’t count and why?A. Australia in the T20 World Cup, because the team that chased always won, so winning the coin toss effectively decided the finalB. New Zealand in the World Test Championship, because th…

 
#29・

2021/22 Ashes Movie Trailer

Okay. Just like I did in 2019, I'm going to do a screenplay covering the 2021/22 Ashes. Here's the trailer.(Sign up over at Patreon to receive deleted scenes and other bonus features over the course of the series.)

 
#28・

Auditions for Warner

Tom Cruise

 
#27・

The Sledge - a cricket skit

A comedy writer knocks on the door of Tim Paine’s office.COMEDY WRITER: You wanted to see me?TIM PAINE: Yes, yes. Come in, come in, comedy writer who may be a man OR a woman. All very inclusive here.COMEDY WRITER: (confused) I’m sorry?TIM PAINE: (ignoring the…

#26・

Angela Arevalo - The Opener Nobody Knew

Read MoreThis is another excerpt from my e-book Who’s Who in Australian Cricket, Imaginary Players Edition: A-E. There are nine other non-existent heroes of cricket discussed in the book.You can purchase a copy from the Amazon Kindle StoreAustralia (99c): htt…

#25・

October 2021 Cricket Quiz

1. During the Australia v India women’s multi-format series, which one-time-only event seemed to happen much more often than that?A. Meg Lanning losing the tossB. Meg Lanning hitting her own stumps while playing a shotC. Meg Lanning declaring behind during a …

#24・

The Headingley Incident - Chapter 2

The Selector’s FavouriteQ: Did you speak to anybody after the meeting?After the meeting, the selector’s favourite stayed behind to talk to me about the new kid and his insubordinate behaviour.“Sorry you had to go through that,” the selector’s favourite began.…

#23・

No Friday First Draft today - I'm too distracted

Distracted by what?Distracted by this little guy. His name's Batman - like the archaic term for batter, except without an s.I'll be back on board next week.

 
#22・

Angus Elliot - The Best Before Bradman

This is another excerpt from my e-book Who’s Who in Australian Cricket, Imaginary Players Edition: A-E. There are nine other non-existent heroes of cricket discussed in the book.You can purchase a copy from the Amazon Kindle StoreAustralia (99c): https://www.…

#21・

September 2021 Cricket Quiz

1. Which ongoing incursions did true cricket fans find most unwelcome?A. Dogs during assorted T20 matchesB. Jarvo69 during England’s Test series against IndiaC. Talk of the AFL Grand Final during the coverage of the Australian women’s ODIs against IndiaD. Dav…

#20・

Cricket Magic for Cricket Tragics

Step 3Now you will commence your run-up. It’s often good cricket magic technique here to put the batter at ease by assuring them that all you have in your hand is a cricket ball. Demonstrate, if necessary, that you have nothing up your sleeves by rolling them…

 
#19・

The Headingley Incident

The New KidQ: What happened in the team meeting before the first Test?I’ll tell you what happened. The new kid asked whether our plans were unAustralian. Can you believe that? Sitting there in his chair with his arms crossed and his head down, huddled in the …

#18・

David Carpenter - The Umpire Who Spoke His Mind

This is an excerpt from my e-book Who's Who in Australian Cricket, Imaginary Players Edition: A-E. There are nine other non-existent heroes of cricket discussed in the book.You can purchase a copy from the Amazon Kindle StoreAustralia (99c): https://www.amazo…

#17・

Graduation Day!

Some housekeeping this week.Who's Who In Australian Cricket (Imaginary Players Edition, A-E)Firstly, we have our first graduate from the Monday First Drafts School of Nonsense (est. 2021). The Fictional Cricketers biographies that I did here and here have now…

 
#16・

The Sloggers & Sledgers cricket role-playing game

IntroductionSloggers & Sledgers is a fantastic, exciting and imaginative game of role playing for adults 10 years and up. Each player creates a cricketer or cricketers who may be bludgeoning batters, wily wicketkeepers, admirable all-rounders, questioning…

 
#15・

CBCT S3

Cat and Dan are back with Season 3 of Can't Bowl, Can't Throw - a simpler, more exciting format of the podcast designed to appeal to mums and kids.They discuss:The brilliant Justin Langer impressions of @takethetwoo on TwitterAustralia's tour of Bangladesh - …

 
#14・

No thrilling conclusion to a match has ever been legitimate.

2nd Test, 2005 Ashes - England win by 2 runsIt’s the moment that saved arguably the greatest Test series ever played. The 2005 Ashes was an ebbing, flowing thrill-ride, and riding in with the most flowing thrills and thrilling us with the most ebbing ride was…