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Old 6th January 2018, 18:53
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Criket anyone

Brunei bay having a game of cricket.

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Old 7th January 2018, 09:51
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Balls!!! No cricket balls, a no stumps, no bat. Well we had the tanktop, a tank hatch no 7 to pick, on the leeward side, chalk up the wicket, a bosun who could knitt a monkies fists around a large brass condenser nut {the ball gentlemen}, a casab or storekeeper who could find that odd piece of packing crate spar, and with "leckies" tape create and form a bat? We had our field, gear and all that was needed were the off watch wallers, who would form the teams?
We sailed from cuasco to west africa, back to curocso and back again to west africa, around the cape light ship, loaded abijan for aden and then home via suez and the med, lefo for drydock.
Playing cricket the expression of a new ball became profound-as the overs progressed the wackinhg of the ball, made the not cut through the rope fibres, and one had to duck[quite often] as the ball was hit, the bare nut would zoom though the air, and one noted the soft rope linning was missing. Great fun. Mv br vision 64,65.
It all took me back totip and run in my days as a school boy.
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Old 8th January 2018, 16:45
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I was on the Resource off Brunei in '85. With 5 BP ships there we had cricket matches on Saturday. One week home, next week away, following week no match. Balls were made from large brass nuts, wound with many layers of rope. Whatever the result, the day usually ended in a p*ss up and the visiting team steering a less than direct course back 'home' in their lifeboat.
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Old 8th January 2018, 19:07
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I was on the Reliance from 1/2/85 to 30/5/85 and the Resolution was my last ship when we were all made redundant 6/11/85 to 5/2/86
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Old 10th January 2018, 14:25
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Anyone for cricket? Brunei Bay lay up unit.
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Old 10th January 2018, 22:01
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Reliance,,

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I was on the Reliance from 1/2/85 to 30/5/85 and the Resolution was my last ship when we were all made redundant 6/11/85 to 5/2/86
I to was on the Reliance then,,,, ?
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Old 10th January 2018, 22:56
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Joined resolution in Le Havre and sailed for gulf where we loaded and headed to Brunei bay. We were told oil was for Japan if straights of Hormuz blocked during war. We arrived and were the only ship there for about 2 months before we paid off. Skipper was Arthur Skellern who was cricket mad. We had nets practice in the upper deck space and matches on main deck, the skipper made the balls from Manila rope. The engineers made a ball retriever when it went over the side. The matches and the occasional sports day helped morale and kept us sane.
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Old 11th January 2018, 05:16
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Is that you Billy?
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Old 11th January 2018, 05:18
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Joined resolution in Le Havre and sailed for gulf where we loaded and headed to Brunei bay. We were told oil was for Japan if straights of Hormuz blocked during war. We arrived and were the only ship there for about 2 months before we paid off. Skipper was Arthur Skellern who was cricket mad. We had nets practice in the upper deck space and matches on main deck, the skipper made the balls from Manila rope. The engineers made a ball retriever when it went over the side. The matches and the occasional sports day helped morale and kept us sane.
I sailed with Arthur Skellern on the Laurel.
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Old 11th January 2018, 10:56
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Reliance,,

Sure is Karl,long time no time no speak, hope all is well with you and Lucy,,
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Old 11th January 2018, 11:52
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Sure is Karl,long time no time no speak, hope all is well with you and Lucy,,
Everything is fine Bill.I will have to pay you a visit so we can have a chat. Are you retired now?
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Old 11th January 2018, 20:28
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I sailed with Arthur Skellern on the Laurel.
He was a good skipper but I have to say I had him plumb LBW once and he pulled rank big style and refused to walk
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Old 13th January 2018, 20:38
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I also sailed and played cricket with Arthur on the Resolution in 83, he insisted that everyone play and they must bat and bowl. Bowling was not my thing so I attempted a bit of slow spin. Arthur was batting, my first ball was about a yard outside his off stump, and he stood back to let it pass. when it landed on a weld, cut back and clean bowled him, he was none to pleased. Lovely man though.
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