Armchair Fan: someone who knows, or seems to know, a lot about a sport (or club/team) but may have no real experience of it.
The last game of cricket I played was when I was twelve years old, back in my glory days of the 1980s. I loved playing cricket, but I wasn’t allowed to keep playing after I turned twelve because I didn’t have the right equipment.
Which is a nice way of saying that only boys played cricket and I am not a boy, therefore no cricket for me. Girls did other things, apparently, and cricket was not one of them.
Coincidentally, that was around the same time my dream of captaining the Australian cricket team died. It was a sad time.
My focus turned to soccer, which was something I could at least play at school in a girls team, and I played that sport at a club and local representative level into well into my 30’s.
My first love, though, has always been cricket and the excitement I feel these days when tour dates and fixtures for another blockbuster summer are announced haven’t waned over the years, especially since we finally get to see the very best women in the world on TV and live streams, in World Cups and tour matches, here and overseas, and in the WBBL.
As a result, I have a lot of opinions on the sport I love, and I decided that instead of annoying my wife with them (she hates cricket and most sports for that matter), I’d start writing about them on here.
As well as being a cricket fan, I’m also an author, which is why writing is also my thing. I write fiction as S R Silcox (you can check out more of what I write on my site), and one of the series I write is about girls who play cricket. It’s my way of righting the wrongs from my childhood.
I heart cricket and if you do too, then this is the place for you.