Ashes Poetry

Here a group of lads prepare to set sail from Bakewell for Australia and the Ashes cricket tour. Whether they ever got much beyond the last bridge in the Bakewell Carnival Raft Race this summer no one knows, but they're certainly dressed for the part.

Ashes Poetry, or a poet in a coffin, is my vessel to Australia to provide a poetical commentary about life beyond the game as much as the game itself. From September this website will contain more information and there will also be a blog site later this autumn on All generously supported by Arts Council England, and I'm David Fine, a writer, poet and cricket lover.

STOP PRESS In the meantime you and any group of lads or lasses have the opportunity to join in a trip to Oz. Barmy Army's Chance to Rhyme is offering a trip for two with flights and accomodation plus match tickets at for the first two tests at Brisbane and Adelaide. All you have to do is send in a Barmy Army Song by September 8th which their Chair of Selectors Stephen Fry thinks is the best. e-mail entries to or post to Chance To Rhyme, Barmy Army, 101 Green Street, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 6RD (More details and handy hints click here)

All to support Chance To Shine, cricket in schools.

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Warnie’s Balls Turn Square
(To the jig, The Sailor’s Hornpipe)

Warnie’s balls turn square, KP hits ’em in the air.
A six or out, there is no doubt.
You get a funny feeling one side’ll be reeling
Every time Warnie’s balls turn square.

Traditional (Blue Peter theme tune.)

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Coffin n. …Long sturdy box-like bag with canvas carrying handles and lengthways opening
             specifically designed for cricket players to carry their equipment and hopes.