Gryffindor-Slytherin Cricket Match

Vishrut AggarwalCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2009

I guess all of you have read the Harry Potter book series.

Well I doubt if anyone knows them personally except for me.

I know them after I went into the first book after reading it. Yes indeed I did go into the first book and how I went into it is my own secret.

But one thing I can tell you is that I taught Gryffindor and Slytherin to play cricket and they played a match with me, with my brother and fellow writer Dann Khan as the umpires.

The Slytherin captain Draco Malfoy won the toss and elected to field.

Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley were the openers. Vincent Crabbe opened the bowling. The first ball was a full toss and Harry struck it for a straight six. The second was a yorker that was hit very hard and went for four.

The third was hit for another four. The fourth was a six and fifth was such a huge six that the ball could not be found. Harry was on fire. Malfoy whispered something in Crabbe's ear and the sixth ball was bowled.

It was a full toss and Harry lifted it high up in the air. Unfortunately Gregory Goyle caught it and Harry was out on 26 made of just six balls.

Fred Weasley was the next batsman in. He and Ron played for an hour and put up a hundred-run partnership when Fred was called out on a Draco Malfoy ball.

He made 51 of 74 balls. Ron was batting on 55 made of 43 balls.

Oliver Wood was the next man in and he batted with Ron. However, Wood was out after making just two runs.

Harry promoted Neville Longbottom so the team’s momentum could be regained. Neville made 44 of just 18 balls hitting five sixes and three fours. He got out trying to hit a ball for a six.

Crabbe was very overjoyed when he got his wicket.

Gryffindor were 220 for three after 30 overs with Ronald Weasley batting on 71 made of 68 balls and George Weasley batting on four made of six balls.

Then there was a fantastic over bowled by Gregory Goyle who took five wickets and gave away just two runs off it. Hermione Granger, Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell, and Alicia Spinnet were all out for first ball ducks. George Weasley also was out for just two runs.

Parvati Patil was batting on two. However, she was too scared to bat because she was very a poor batsman.

Ronald was facing Malfoy. He knew his team wouldn't last 50 overs so he decided to smash the bowling. He hit five sixes in that over to reach his hundred and took a single of the last ball.

Millicent Bulstrode was bowling next to Ron. He smashed her for 18 runs in that over and took his score to 120 by taking a single of the last ball. Then he misjudged a Malfoy delivery and was bowled.  He was finally gone for 120 made of just 81 balls.

Then Malfoy got the wicket of the last batsman Ginny Weasley and Gryffindor were bowled out for 247.

The Slytherins were excited and knew if they played well they would win.

The Gryffindors on the other hand were concerned and knew they had to bowl really well to win. Ginny opened the attack and Pansy Parkinson and Vincent Crabbe came to bat.

Ginny bowled a yorker and Pansy defended it. The second ball was a full toss and it went for a six. The next was an outswinger and Pansy hit it for a four. After that, the next ball was hit for a straight four and Harry Potter whispered something in Ginny's ear.

Ginny forced Pansy to hit the ball straight to Fred and he deliberately misfielded the ball, which made Pansy steal a single. Crabbe was on strike. Ginny bowled an outswinger, which Crabbe tried to play but was able to just nick it and the wicketkeeper caught it. Crabbe was out for a first ball duck.

The next batsman was Gregory Goyle. He made 55 of 103 balls and helped his team’s score reach 92 after 20 overs. He unfortunately made an out off a Katie Bell delivery and Slytherin were 92 for two after 20 overs.

Pansy was batting on 30 made of just 17 balls. Then came in Bulstrode. She made a quick fifty to build momentum for the Slytherins. She made 54 of just 38 balls and the Slytherins were 150 for two after 26 overs.

Then, Harry put himself on bowling because he was getting a bit worried about the score. He grabbed four wickets in his spell of three overs and the Slytherins were 182 for six after 40 overs.

Pansy had finally managed a fifty after playing 61 balls and Malfoy was batting on 10 made of 13 balls. However, the rest of the players failed to play and the bowlers bowled 11 maidens.

The Slytherins were in a very weak position after a good start and they knew they had to hit or lose.

The last recognized batting pair of Parkinson and Malfoy started smashing. They played really well and helped their team reach 222 for six after 49 overs with Parkinson batting on 80 and Malfoy batting on 24.

Angelina Johnson was handed the ball. Malfoy was on strike and the first ball was hit straight to the fielder. Malfoy just stole a single.

Then, Pansy hit two consecutive fours and the score reached 231. Three balls were left and 17 runs were required. Angelina bowled a legspin and Pansy hit a six off it. Angelina then bowled a leg cutter and another four was hit.

The final ball was to be bowled and seven runs were required. Pansy thought she could hit a six for a tie. She was all set and then she just swung her bat at the ball and it sailed over in the crowd and what a six it was. The crowd cheered and all the players said collectively, "Good Lord! What a tie!”

Goyle was adjudged as the Man of the Match and the players shook hands.

After that, Dann and I left the book.

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