Devon Medics v Erratics Cricket Club Erratics on Wed 16 Aug 2017 at 6.00pm
Match was Abandoned due to rain
Jonathan Kirby 'reports'...
Andrew "Equanimity" Forrester (for that is indeed his middle name) declared this evening that the Erratics were, in fact, the originators of the concept of fake news. It is certainly true that in the early part of this century there was strict editorial control over match reports, including the mandatory inclusion of at least one detail which, despite being completely fictitious, would become widely acknowledged as fact within a fortnight.
In further changing room-based conversation, and on being reminded of the "Incident at Ide", Mr Forrester also declared that his steely-eyed wobbler in that game was simply not in the same league as Dan Thistlethwaite's caper with the coffee on the North Devon Tour. I understand that Danny Williamson is already taking bets on who will win the widely-coveted wobbler trophy at the end of this season, though he is refusing to take any further bets on his namesake walking away with it. Danny, of course, knows a thing or two about statistics, probabilities and the kind of numerical mumbo-jumbo that had offered us the news that there was a certain percentage chance of rain this evening. (Normal people would simply say "it might rain".) So, if Danny "Numbers" Williamson calculates that Dan T will walk away with the wobbler, it would be a brave person who would gainsay him. That said, I'm sure the Erratics could create alt stats to go with their alt facts, so who knows?
Danny, it should be pointed out, does not have in common with Daniel Thistlethwaite, Equanimity Forrester or Martin Weiler the gift of being incomprehensibly old. Younger people regard the age of 30 as being a major landmark, so 40 is simply mind-boggling, especially when it is not your age, but rather the number of years since you first played for the Erratics. This might have been in an away game against Torbay Post Office in 1977, or something not entirely unlike that. So it was that the youngest member of tonight's team was completely dumbfounded when Martin "Antiquity" Weiler explained to him (or attempted to explain to him) that he really was THAT old. Ben Abrahams was completely bemused.
The conversation about the age of the Honourable Erratic for the Last Century allegedly happened on the way to tonight's game, in the car. The twentieth century philosopher Karl Popper asserted that the usefulness of information could be measured by its potential for falsifiability. Did this conversation actually take place? I don't really know, I can't prove that it didn't, and I'm not at all sure how useful this is. Let's consider the question of falsifiability a bit more deeply:
"It's going to rain tonight", explained Popper, "is not particularly useful information, because it's almost certainly true that in some location, at some moment during the evening or night, it will indeed rain." He might have added that, on the other hand, the information that it would be going to rain at Sandford tonight, starting at about 7:15pm would be really useful. It's highly specific, and therefore has a high potential for falsifiability. Indeed, it might have helped if we had known this, but would we have done anything differently? Such a forecast would not have been fake news.
I'm told that we won this game on the basis of a Duckworth-Lewis calculation. Who knows? We all have truths. Are mine the same as yours?
Devon Medics Batting
for 5 wickets
102 (16.0 overs)
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Erratics Cricket Club Erratics Batting
for 0 wickets
Retired Not Out
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