Yesterday was a momentous day, with England regaining the Ashes in surprisingly convincing fashion at the Oval. But fear not, Australian reader, there will be no cheap triumphalism here. You lot are known for being as gracious in victory as you are in defeat, so I will try to do the same.
Instead we will try to console you by encouraging you to think back to happier times: 1993, Old Trafford, and the arrival in Ashes cricket of Shane Warne – a man of whom it was said, rather like the little girl in the nursery rhyme, that when he was good he was very, very good and when he was bad he was Hauritz. Imagine you were Mike Gatting and how you must have felt to be undone by what can only be called a piece of jiggery pokery.
That is what The Duckworth Lewis Method have done in “Jiggery Pokery”, a track from their new, self-titled album. They are Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and some big, beardy feller whose name escapes me. The entire album consists of songs on a cricket theme.
“Jiggery Pokery” is actually one of the weaker tracks and untypical of the album as a whole. Much of the rest of it sounds to me more like XTC circa “Skylarking” rather than The Divine Comedy – maybe it is the subject matter or the influence of the big, beardy feller whose name escapes me. After a couple of listens my favourite track so far is probably “Mason On The Boundary”.
The single from the album is “Meeting Mr Miandad”. Here is the video: