Roles Reversed as Media take to the Middle to Show Off Their Skills
After 38 straight days of cricket, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 enjoyed its first day off, and the media members covering the tournament took full advantage to show off their own skills in the middle.
On the outskirts of Manchester, a trio of teams from all over the world faced off in three ten-over matches in a light-hearted if occasionally competitive atmosphere.
While England and South Africa are yet to lift the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup – although hosts England will be hoping to put that right next Sunday – a combined team of South African and English journalists banded together to claim the arguably more prestigious Media Cup.
Led by Daily Mirror Cricket Correspondent Dean Wilson, the Anglo-South African side won their opening game, before a dramatic tie between the two Rest of the World sides in the second, notable for one ICC official taking great pleasure in raising the finger to dismiss one of his colleagues.
That set up a thrilling final, with England/South Africa batting first and setting a daunting total of 96 to win.
Tight early bowling saw the required rate shoot up, and despite a fightback from the Rest of the World, it was left to AFP’s Julian Guyer to deliver the coup de grace with a stumping in the fading light for a 23-run victory.
The standard might not have reached the heights that we have enjoyed during this World Cup so far, and there were no spectacular Ben Stokes one-handers.
However there were occasional flashes of quality, a pair of great running catches on the boundary, a couple of a nifty run-outs and a whole host of sixes lifted into the adjacent gardens at South West Manchester Cricket Club.
There was even one attempted reverse sweep in the final, although the batsman, who shall remain nameless, got nowhere near connecting.
All in all though, it was a perfect opportunity for media members and ICC officials alike to enjoy a little frivolity the midst of an intense tournament.
Attention will now return to the semi-finals and who will lift the World Cup trophy itself.
But for one afternoon, the media had the chance to play rather than write about this great game.
© Cricket World 2019