Figuring Out Cricket

May 28, 2008 | By Harry How | Sport

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TRELAWNY, JAMAICA – MAY 16: A vendor displays his goods for sale during day one of the tour match between Jamaica Select 11 and Australia at Trelawny Stadium on May 16, 2008 in Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s most famous vacation destination. Conveniently, it was also the nearest airport to Trelawny Stadium where the three day matches would be held. I boarded a shuttle bus at the airport to my resort and sat next to a couple from Baltimore who had brought their families along as they were getting married over the weekend. They were very excited and very happy. I told them I was in Jamaica for the cricket match between Australia and Jamaica, they didn’t seem impressed.

This is a perfect example of how unglamorous my life as a sport photographer can be, despite what my (biggest New York Yankee fan in the world) neighbor Barry thinks. The wedding couple got it, Barry didn’t. They will be dancing, drinking champagne and getting married this weekend on the beach. I’ll be dining alone at a resort, drinking beer and shooting cricket in a run-down stadium.

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TRELAWNY, JAMAICA – MAY 16: General view of play during day one of the tour match between Jamaica Select 11 and Australia at Trelawny Stadium on May 16, 2008 in Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The stadium it turns out wasn’t exactly run-down. It had been built a year earlier when Jamaica hosted the 2007 World Cup of Cricket. Not being the main stadium, a few matches were played here, so I was a bit surprised to find a sparse media center. There weren’t any phones, internet or monitors in the room. I couldn’t even find a roster of the team.

Luckily for me, I met a few extremely helpful journalists from Australia and another two from the local papers. They helped me with identifying the players in my pictures and explaining the subtleties of the game and scoring. An AP photographer from Puerto Rico, who will be following the tour for the next six weeks, helped me with the logistics and made the first day easier than I thought possible. I was happy to find that most photographers were staying at the same resort as I was and even more pleased with the photos I made that first day:

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TRELAWNY, JAMAICA – MAY 16: Simon Katich of Australia scores two runs on a hit during day one of the tour match between Jamaica Select 11 and Australia at Trelawny Stadium on May 16, 2008 in Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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TRELAWNY, JAMAICA – MAY 17: Andrew Symonds of Australia hist a four in front of Carlton Baugh Jr. of Jamaica during day two of the tour match between Jamaica Select XI and Australia at Trelawny Stadium on May 17, 2008 in Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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TRELAWNY, JAMAICA – MAY 16: Neive McNally of Jamaica reacts to a missed catch opportunity resulting in four runs during day one of the tour match between Jamaica Select 11 and Australia at Trelawny Stadium on May 16, 2008 in Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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  • A Pervez

    Harry – what lens did you use to take the close ups of Andrew SYmmonds?

    You tend to use a Canon f2.8, 400mm – but surely not for cricket, where you are so far away from the action.

    Do you think I can make do with a f5.6, 500mm for my amateur cricketing photography needs?

    Great photos – love your work