The tsunami has taken care of St Kilda and Essendon. Hawthorn and West Coast have injury problems to star players as well and could fall at the next hurdle.

It is hard to feel the suffering that must be going on for the Saints.  Forget about Essendon who  cares about their effort.

My friend Heather whose grandfather captained the Saints would normally ring me on Monday for a debrief. I’m sorry I am so far away.  She will have to confide with her partner Keith a Welshman who is more saintly than most, her daughter and the grandchildren.  The only problem is that they like Heather will be still feeling the pain.  How can you debrief with someone who is in the same state of mind.

I also feel for her partner Keith who has also had to endure a Wales 16 – 17 defeat at the hands of South Africa in the World Cup.  Twenty four hours of utter torture boyo!

I love the Swannies.  They take the orphans that nobody wants and moulds them into a family of their own.  McGlynn, Mattner, Shaw, Kennedy, Richards et al.World Vision or the like should sponsor them. As a Catman I don’t dare mention “Mummy”.

Throw in the true believers like Bolton, McVeigh and Goodes and you have a perfect mix and match.

What a great GF it would be between the Cats and Swans.

Australia declare at their overnight total with a lead of 257. A surprise to some as I think many of us remember the team’s feeble efforts in fourth innings in the past.

Sri Lanka have a great day with the bat with the first three getting going for a change Dilshan (36) Tharanga (55) and Sanga .

Australia bowled well early but it was plain to see that the Lions were going to keep their heads down and play each ball on its merit.  They are exhilarating when they are on top of the bowling.

Met Don a farmer from South Australia who had some interesting thoughts on cricket.  Owns over 2,000 books so he should know something about the game.  Also had six penny’s worth of footy.

Interesting that Don, Michelle (who was sitting with us) and myself own about 4,000 books on cricket but we don’t buy anything written by a present or just retired player.  They come to us via presents!   Mine are opened but not read.

Listed below are Don’s thoughts on matters of importance in the world.

Shane Watson – “I certainly hope he is not the next Australian captain.  Just his walk back to bowl is enough to put you off”

Ricky Ponting – “should stay home and give the kids a go e.g. Marsh, Kharwaja and Hughes??

South Australian Cricket – “has been a disgrace only hope it can get better by playing local cricketers.

Too many teams in the Grade scene but will never change while freebies are around for delegates”

Greg Chappell – “the less said the better”

Chad Cornes – “good luck to him at GWS”

Port Adelaide – “I don’t know what is going on down there, they need some new blood from outside”

Just read DD’s e-mail but will continue with Don’s party for a jiff. Fortunately the batsmen have dominated the day with some marvellous shot making and improvisations.

Sanga (67 n.o.) is making mincemeat out of the Aussies attack and being well supported by Mahela (34.n.o.)  Bad light will curtail play soon there is no doubt. Probably the two batsmen you would like to see batting together in the real form of the game.


Trent Copeland – “could be a great success in England if he continues to develop”

Ryan Harris – “told me he did not know what cricket was about until he moved to Queensland

Shane Warne – “I don’t care what he does outside the playing field but he is the best player I have seen (author agreed).  I was always on the edge of my seat.”

Garfield St. A Sobers – “a magnificent player and what a boost to SA cricket at the time”

Adelaide Oval – “I voted against the development proposal. We’ll see”

Peter Siddle – “looks as fit as I have ever seen him. Don’t know why he can’t get a game”

As expected the dreaded light meter has taken control of the game again and players leave the field at 4.15pm.

Unfortunately this ground at Pallekele was on reflection probably a bad site for a cricket ground of world standard. It’s positioning in a mountain range is doomed for early finishes to games.  Rain showers, mist and other forms of precipitation are not conducive to a full day’s play.  Why don’t they start games here at 8.am?

3/223 and only 14 runs short of the Australian total and more than likely the game will peter out to a draw.  Our only hope is for the Lions to go hell for leather in the first session and declare sometime in the afternoon. Not bloody likely.

Australia will have the new ball but they will need to strike early and often if they are to win the game.

Sanga (69) and Mahela (38) look in great touch.  Sri Lanka’s best batting of the series so far and a good sign for the 3rd test in Colombo.  Certainly the pitch was slow but this did not curtail their batting.

The Australian bowlers tried hard and Clarke tried seven of them.  Must give credit to young Lyon he kept on plugging away even though some mighty hits came from his bowling.

Don says “ I hope he does not go the way of those other promising young spinners from SA.” We both forgot their names in the moment. Wise man Don H.

Must seek out Don H tomorrow ,just love his thoughts on the game.  Like any farmer just the facts no b…sh……

About Bob Utber

At 80 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he wanted to do as a 14 year-old living on the farm at Lang Lang. Talking, writing, watching sport. Now into his third book on sports history he lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny ) and a groodle named "Chloe On Flinders". How good is that.


  1. Pamela Sherpa says

    Imagine if a no nonsense type like Don was running cricket in Australia . Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip Bob.

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