Test Match Special

In fading light, Peter Willey blocks;
As batsman he protects his wicket;
On his heels he gently rocks,
81 for 7 in this game of cricket.

He needs to stay in ‘til the close –
His job to hold the Oval crease;
Try to bat – absorb the blows
Until the day’s plays cease.

This Windies team is the most complete –
Good at batting, great at bowling;
England, as ever, doomed to defeat;
No way now to get runs flowing.

Michael Holding prowls, looking for more pace
As bowler he’s facing the setting sun;
He walks, and turns his face
To start the lengthy run.

The crowd is waiting, impatiently;
The respectful commentary on Radio 3
Sets the scene for all to see:
‘And now the bowler’s Holding the batsman’s Willey’.