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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2013 2:17 p.m. PST

Ok I heard this while watching Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. Watson while shooting at the bad guys on a train yells out "Send out the fast bowler". What the Hell does that mean??

Parzival28 Aug 2013 2:33 p.m. PST

Not a Brit, but I believe the "bowler" in cricket is the equivalent of the pitcher in baseball. He's "bowling" to hit the wickets behind the batter and knock some sort of piece off the top ( can't recall the name for it, can't be fussed to Googleó that needs an acronym: CBFTG). Anyhoo, the batter is defending the wicket. I'm guessing a fast bowler is probably a bowler who "bowls" with a faster ball that's harder for the batter to hitó like a fastball pitcher.

So, Brits, am I right?

In any case, I gather Watson is taunting the bad guys, implying they need better marksmen, or implying that for him this is just a light game of cricket; sort of like yelling, "Is that all you've got?" Which, of course, in a movie you should never, ever do.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine28 Aug 2013 3:05 p.m. PST

Yes a it's a cricket reference


richarDISNEY Inactive Member29 Aug 2013 8:07 a.m. PST

Also not a Brit (but am a cricket player), but you are right Parzival.

The three 'poles' sticking up is wickets, which support two bales. When you bowl, you are actually trying to knock off the bales by hitting the wickets. When a bale if knocked off, then the batter is out.


Personal logo Chris Rance Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2013 8:40 a.m. PST

Actually the poles are the stumps, and yes the bails are the bits on the top. Together they make the wicket. Hitting the batman's wicket is one of the eleven (I think) ways of getting him out.

I didn't know there were cricket players in the US who weren't ex-pats. How did you get involved RicharDisney?

PaddySinclair29 Aug 2013 8:41 a.m. PST

In cricket it's spelt bails rather than bales BTW

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member29 Aug 2013 7:28 p.m. PST

When I was in L.A. a lot of Samoans played, but they were pretty cliquish.

Bangorstu Inactive Member20 Sep 2013 2:05 p.m. PST

Irish – I think it basically means 'Send someone better' – the fast bowler is generally the strike bowler in a team i.e. the one who does the most damage – both in terms of wickets taken and physically to the opposition.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2014 3:09 a.m. PST


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