My dream

Back in 1968, my mum fiddled with the dial on her little transistor radio.  She always listened to what was then known as the Home Service, now BBC Radio 4, which was a magazine and news programme. However round about 4 pm there was a soap opera, Mrs Dales’ Diary which Mum didn’t like that much.

‘McKenzie bowls and Milburn heaves the ball to the midwicket boundary. Fred.’

‘Cracking shot but McKenzie should pitch it up.’

And so I found cricket and specifically the Test Match radio commentary. Mum didn’t know a lot about cricket but she loved the conversation between the commentators, interspersed amongst the action. It didn’t take me long to be hooked.

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Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan and the Oval full to bursting.

Roll the clock on to Friday and I find myself, nervous as a schoolboy outside the headmaster’s study, waiting by the commentary box door at the Oval.

TMS day

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I spent three hours watching the team at work. I met the commentators and summarizers. During tea I had a little coaching and then I was given a microphone to commentate on an over, alongside the Australian Jim Maxwell. I didn’t go out live; too much to ask but, hey, I had a ball. If you are interested..

And then I woke up…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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36 Responses to My dream

  1. jan says:

    Don’t wake up – sounds like fun!

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  2. Ritu says:

    Lol! I think my brother would love that!!

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Geoff Le Pard doing a little day dreaming.. for some reason mine were never about cricket but firemen… strange that! Great piece Geoff.

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  4. Norah says:

    I can just imagine this would be your dream! Well done!

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  5. There’s just one think I don’t understand about this post. Your mum didn’t like Mrs Dale’s Diary? You’ll be telling us next that she didn’t like The Archers!
    Nah; only kidding.
    Everybody liked The Archers, back when it was an everyday story of country folk, with everyday problems and issues.
    These days, every continuing story has to explore ‘issues’ and finish with the mandatory mantra ‘If you have been affected by insert topic here or any of the issues discussed in this programme, the insert name of broadcaster here.has set up a help line at …’
    There; I’ve said my piece, now I’ll shut up.

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  6. Janice Wald says:

    I am in America and have never been to a cricket game. I met you on Sally’s site, but I know others here, Lucy, Masgauten, Donna Parker, Chris McMullen… Nice to meet you.

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    • TanGental says:

      Hi Janice lovely to meet you. That’s a grand bunch of bloggers. I wonder what the collective noun is? A chat? As for cricket I think it is the only international sport with meal breaks. Only the British would design an athletic pursuit watched by millions where everyone including the players stop for tea. That suits my personality just fine.

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  7. trifflepudling says:

    Aye, thee were reet made oop!

    Very listenable-to! Thanks for letting us hear. You did really well not to be petrified into total silence, especially with those illustrious chaps sitting around you.

    One thing: I can see a book about Tuffers next to the mike – was he reading about himself?!

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  8. Well done Geoff! You sounded pretty professional to me, very clear, AND you sounded like you knew what you were talking about! 🙂


  9. Nice. And that is a fantastic photo of you.

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    OH! woo! that was brilliant I am so chuffed for you ….. what would dad of said!! I say well bloody done that commentary was ace…. just remember the score in future!!

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  11. macjam47 says:

    You had me going, right up to “And then I woke up…”

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  12. Sacha Black says:

    Fantastic, love that the person with you was so complimentary. You actually sounded like a commentator.

    Were you nervous?


  13. Sacha Black says:

    How did it come about?

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  14. You did an excellent job here, Geoff. I did wonder if it were all for real, and then I heard that man at the end telling you about mentioning the score. If I had been in your seat I think I would have frozen and would have coughed a lot and muttered something about Jimmy Anderson.


  15. Dylan Hearn says:

    I would say you have no idea how jealous I am but I know you’re probably aware of this already. What a wonderful experience for you! I loved your commentary but laughed at the irony of being picked up on not telling the score, as the presenter in question is one of the worst offenders!

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  16. noelleg44 says:

    I guess this is a good daydream!? I i know squat about cricket and even after watching a match for an hour, came away scratching my head. Need to find a primer on the ganme.

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    • TanGental says:

      Need to come with a cricket nut. A TV host recounted taking a friend. After half an hour he was sure his guest understood . Any questions he asked? Pause. So when do they use the horses?


  17. Autism Mom says:

    How wonderful! What a great experience! I am so happy for you that you got to do this. 🙂

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  18. Charli Mills says:

    Though I still have no idea what cricket is…you make a fine announcer! You could do rodeo announcing, too. 🙂 Glad you got to live a dream! And I’m fascinated by the way you say “balls.” I think in my region we sort of swallow the word in the back of the throat and it disappears, yet you sort of spit it out and elongate it. Isn’t language great? Anyhow, you have a terrific voice for radio!

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