15 March, Australia v Kenya, Durban
Brijal Jagdish Patel (Kenya)
Brett Lee, marginally less ferocious than Killer Harbhajan (but getting there) has just dismissed Kennedy Otieno with a brute of a delivery. Brijal is yet to register his first duck in World Cup 2003, but with the Aussie speedster steaming in, it's his turn for a brief moment in the sun. As brief as they come too - first baller, shortish, vicious, because our Mr Patel has played forward instead of back. The ball pops up off the shoulder of the bat, Ricky Ponting dives and makes a difficult catch rather straightforward.
DD rating - 6 lilypads
David Oluoch Obuya (Kenya)
Brett's tail is up. There have only been 3 hat tricks in World Cup history. We've already had one - can we get another? David Obuya has other ideas. His previous innings in World Cup 2003 have been at number 8. Today, 2 wickets have fallen in two balls from Brett Lee, all the other recognised batsmen suddenly lose their gloves, pads, box, bat - anything rather than be the next man in. David's gear is to hand - he didn't hide it well enough. He's not worried - he's a Kenyan - he has the heart of a lion. Ha! He's not afraid of a mere man. Suddenly, as he strolls to the crease, he wonders what time it is. He looks towards the scoreboard - he cannot see a clock. As he takes guard, he glances up at the giant television screen - he still cannot see a clock. This is beginning to bother him, but still he is not afraid. The spirits of his ancestors are with him. Suddenly, he sees the replays of the two previous deliveries. Immediately, he realises what time it is - Brown Trousers O'Clock. The ball is through his late jab in a flash, Brett goes mental, The rest of the Aussies take 5 minutes to catch him and it's 3-3.
DD rating - 9 lilypads. There are now 3 leaders.
Brad Hogg (Australia)
George Bradley Hogg GLA strides purposefully to the wicket. The Aussies have stumbled a little to 117-4 chasing 175 to win. Aasif Yusuf Karim is in the middle of as unbelievably good spell of slow left arm that World Cup 2003 has witnessed. Darren Lehmann has warned Brad about Karim's 'arm ball'. He takes guard - two legs. What a strange expression when you think about it. The one in the middle's actually called 'middle', not 'the other leg stump'. Brad eyes the field - he's got company. A couple of close catchers just waiting for the mistake. The first ball from Karim is on off stump - arm ball!. Ha - can't fool our Brad like that. Second ball - on leg stump - arm ball! Turns it to short square leg. Third ball - on the other leg stump er sorry, middle. Arm ba... oh, spit! Brad plays a tad early and Karim takes an exceptional caught and bowled. 117-5 and GAME ON!
Breadcrumb Moment - Brett Lee (Australia)
Kennedy Otieno Obuya b Brett Lee 1
Brijal Jagdish Patel c Ricky Thomas Ponting b Brett Lee 0
David Oluoch Obuya b Brett Lee 0
At least it takes half an hour less to type out than the hat trick taken by Chaminda Vaas.
Nigel Clough's Black and White Army, beating Forest away with 10 men