That protected feeling had only moments to last

When I go to pad up before going out to bat in cricket I sort of feel like a knight putting on his armour. It’s a rather snug and secure feeling that I also used to get when I put on my fencing clothing too. Though not padded, a fencers’ jacket and pastron is resistant to up to 1600N.

The next man in always has to be “padded up”. If they have to get me to go out to bat, they have to be pretty desparate. I was batting at number 10 in the order. It was the last over of our innings, and I was quickly chucking on the protective equipment. The pads that go on the legs go on first, then after having given the box a clean with my t-shirt, I discretely put it in my underwear. Then the gloves. The last over was going at a roaring pace, runs were being hit all over the pitch. The last ball was bowled. I had put on my gear with a few monents to spare only to take it off again.

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