Test captain Viv Richards said: “It takes 10 minutes on the field when you get three catches.”
This means that for a time, women’s cricket was a one-match game. But a team of female cricketers, led by Viv Richards and Vivienne Fittipaldi, have beaten three teams in the Ashes that were ranked far higher than them in the world rankings to earn the right to play at Lord’s in the first round of the tournament last year.
“I have got a lot of respect for the women who are still out there, out there in the world, playing. I’ve seen it on TV,” Richards said last year. “We have beaten a team [from England] that, after the game, had 13 people on the ground crying, because we were so far ahead. We’ve always had the edge because of our speed and strength.
“But I think women’s cricket is definitely on the rise in the world. You know there’s the Wankhede Cup in Australia, the Women’s Champions Trophy out in New Zealand… There are a lot more teams now that can play cricket.”
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It had to happen after one last drink to put the finishing touches on the biggest meal of the year: a plate of mac n’ cheese, a slice of strawberry cream, two slices pepperjack slices, a lemon wedges, some pickles, and, yes, one final piece of broccoli. That’s right. The “pig” that was supposed to be dinner for me, and the guy who thought he was eating a “snack,” as you’ll hear a lot of people say to me, had the “lump” of broccoli and tomatoes he always wanted in his dinner, but the dish didn’t have a name or a recipe, so he kept it to himself until right before my eyes, he handed over the whole thing to me.
Before we get to that, let me explain: my husband is a piggy. He was born with one of the world’s worst eating habits: he eats his own feces for dinner! He does it constantly, and the thought of even thinking about food or eating while he’s eating is enough to make me want to punch him in the face. Even worse, while he’s not at all like the average pig, in both how his eating habits are treated and the amount of food
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