Fiery Fred.


Fred was a bowler of high renown,
With a pace so fast and furious,
The batsmen had to duck right down,
As to hit the ball was spurious.

He was fast and very accurate too,
That he took three hundred wickets,
The first one ever so to do,
In tests of the game called cricket.

He played one match in a town,
Where the batsman was the umpire’s son;
Fred sent a half paced ball flying down,
Which hit the pads , the lad was done.

The umpire said he wasn’t out,
So Fred took a longer  run,
And the ball snicked without a doubt,
Was caught behind, the man was gone.

The umpire once more shook his head,
So Fred took his full length stride,
The stumps, when hit were then  shed,
To the boundaries far and wide.

Fred turned towards the umpire man,
And to the him did cheerfully chime,
“Well it was close to my master plan,
I nearly had him out that time”


  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 1st, 2022 01:22
  • Comment from author about the poem: Fred Trueman was he very first cricketer to take three hundred test wickets, I saw him play very often in my youth.
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 40
  • User favorite of this poem: Doggerel Dave.


  • orchidee

    Good write Gold.
    have you heard of the Bedser twins, Alec and Eric - cricketers? Born in my home town.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks Orchi.

      Yes I can remember the Bedsers and saw Alec Bedser playing for England.


    • dusk arising

      A game i've never really understood but as a backdrop to a summers afternoon picnic cricket wins hands down.

      • Goldfinch60

        Yes it certainly does d a, those village cricket matches are so pleasant to see when having a picnic.


      • Neville

        I could never get my head around cricked .. Owzatt I hear you reply, quite easy came a fast retort .. I much prefer another sport .. shove ha'penny is the game for me .. you just don't see it much these days on the TV .............. Neville 🙂

        • Goldfinch60

          I used to play both cricket and shove ha'penny in my earlier years Neville.


        • MendedFences27

          What does a cricket have to do with "Cricket?" Why isn't it called "Wickets?" Why is he called a "Bowler" when he throws the ball.
          Too many questions about this game.
          I had no idea what your poem was about, except Cricket. I did enjoy reading it though. - Phil A.

          • Goldfinch60

            Cricket is a very English game Phil, to quote from Wikipedia:

            "The sport of cricket has a known history beginning in the late 16th century. Having originated in south-east England, it became an established sport in the country in the 18th century and developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since the 19th-century and formal Test cricket matches are considered to date from 1877. Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport after association football (soccer)"


          • Doggerel Dave

            With a tribute to Fred Trueman,
            A tale of cricket at that time,
            You writ a good ‘un as a fan -
            And also a rattling good rhyme.

            Always knew you had it in you, Andy. Send them rhymes flying down… 🙂 A rattling good yarn too.

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Dave, I do write the odd rhyming poems.


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