Old Father Time, I pray to you
That clouds give it a rest,
And that I get a game today,
And that I play my best.
I pray that my side score quick runs
And our opponents falter;
And if it comes t pass we lose,
I pray the games a belter.
I pray the Umpire knows his job,
And doesn't lift his finger.
But if he does I pledge to you:
I'll not forlornly linger.
Above all, Father Time I pray
When all is said and done
That we can all look back and say
"By 'eck that game was fun!"
The Grace given by Clive Barnett at the Brigands Cricket dinner, 8 October 2022 at the Bat and Ball, near Hambledon.