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Jan 4, 2014

Even the English cricket team could win here. Larrimah Cricket Ground, NT

I'd love to see the English cricket team playing a game at Larrimah - and perhaps the Barmy Army could adopt the Larrimah Social Cricket Club as an affiliate - at least the Poms might get to win a game ...

Bob Gosford — Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Bob Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Larrimah is a small town (population 11 and dwindling) a couple of hundred kilometres south of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

Like any good Englishman (I have dual Australian & UK passports) I am in despair at the performance of the current English cricket team in this latest Ashes series.

But – and this is a very big if – I may have found a ground where the English may be able to improve on their disastrous summer.

The Larrimah cricket ground is on the list of grounds that the Katherine District Cricket Association uses from time to time in an area that runs from Maningrida in central Arnhem land to Robinson River, 800 kilometres to the south-west.

It has obviously been some time since the Larrimah ground has been used but there may be some substantial benefit to my struggling compatriots from both a batting and fielding perspective due to the irruption of the numerous termite mounds that litter the ground.

For a batsman the likelihood of a fielder going ring-up over a termite mound would lend a substantial advantage. For a bowling team there is a strong chance that any well-struck ball destined for the boundary would run into any one or more of the termitaria that provide a couple of hundred extra dumb fieldsmen.

One local told me that it wouldn’t matter if the ground was mowed and the termitaria levelled because there “would be as many of little bastards in a week and just as high.”

Personally I’d love to see the English cricket team playing a game at Larrimah – and perhaps the Barmy Army could adopt the Larrimah Social Cricket Club as an affiliate – at least the Poms might get to win a game …

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  1. Bob Gosford

    Thanks Hector and I doubt if Larrimah could field a team (well not one that would talk to each other – it seems that the whole town is in a constant feud).

    I reckon they’d be in favour of the ring-in approach – Kenny Vowles (now an MLA) could be a candidate. Or the NITV could run a leg of the Imparja Cup cricket tournament there …

    I think the strip is just concrete and i reckon the matting (if it ever existed) has, along with all the other cricket supplies, been knicked.

    And as my mate Sean Heffernan has just reminded me, there was once a thriving bush cricket team (well drinking really) at the wave Hill CC at Dagaragu/Kalkaringi.

    I even played a (very drunken) game there back in about 1986 and about which I recall very little, except that the home team got the visitors (us, from Lajamanu) pissed while we were in the field … all before lunch.

  2. Hector Lung

    I’m trying to gauge the pitch. Is it concrete with red dust matting? Looks like it would play truly. Is the proposal the English team play the remaining 11 Larrimah citizens? The Poms might win that but it could be close. Botham’s famous comment that you could pick 11 Aussie blokes randomly from the beach at Bondi and get a decent game springs to mind. If, on the other hand, the Poms would have to play the Larrimah CC with ring ins (eg Mike “I’m baaack” Hussey) I can see them being roasted.