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Bad Light

In the lovely village of Westcott – and also in the deepening gloom, my Sunday cricket team closed in a victory against some old adversaries.

My contribution to the game had tailed off rather, after a string of moderately impressive stops at mid off was followed by a finger and shoulder injury during one final dive, which meant I was not in fit condition to bowl or bat (at least not terribly well – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

I therefore confined myself to taking pictures of my team-mates’ run chase, especially since I’d just got my hands on a new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. It being dark, and needing a quick shutter speed to capture flashing blades and flying balls, I had to crank up the ISO. Even so, the results aren’t too fuzzy. I noticed, however, that batsmen, if you catch them at the end of their stroke, look imposingly well balanced. If, however, you catch them mid shot, while the cricket ball in still in camera shot, they often look considerably less graceful.

Lucas, though, manages to look suitably composed as he hits this ball through backward point for the win, which I was lucky enough to document as I balanced my camera with only two fingers!

A batsman, mid-shot, watches as the ball flies away to his right.

Palm Tree’s number six hits the ball through backward point to win the game.