How to bowl a maiden over in Corfu
Now I know many of you have visited the immensely popular Greek island of Corfu, probably for a summer beach holiday, and you have whiled away many hours doing nothing, believing you were doing nothing in a supremely Greek environment. Well, in a sense you were right, but did you know…………….
…that Corfu has a 200 year old tradition of playing cricket? I kid you not….. Not only do they play cricket, but their main cricket pitch is right bang in the middle of the main town square in the capital, which also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. I was astonished. How on earth did this uniquely eccentric English sport enter the culture and heritage of a Greek island?
Well, the answer is straightforwardly connected with imperialism. Corfu had been occupied by the British for some 50 years at the beginning of the 19th century, and on St George’s Day, April 23rd 1823, the first game was played by the naval forces on the town’s main square……. and there began the tradition.
The island now has five teams, promotes the sport actively through its school curricula, and welcomes teams from around the world.
Now tell me, what is the Greek for silly mid-off, square leg, googly, backward point, bowl a maiden over?
And how do they handle the following explanation of the hallowed game: ‘Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when
he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out?