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Dennis Lowry calls it a day

A Kiwi who was arguably the best in one format of the game calls it a day

Andrew Fernando

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A roller is used in a backyard lawn, June 30, 1931
Early in his career Lowry preferred the light roller, as the heavy one tended to kill the gophers and leave a sorry mess of bloody carcasses and crushed bones © Getty Images

Following a slew of international post-World Cup retirements, a Napier man has decided to call it quits on a glittering backyard cricket career.

Forty-eight-year-old Dennis Lowry claimed he had just lost the zeal for the game that made him one of the town's most fierce competitors, but also that his backyard had been turned into a mud pit after his kids played rugby on it on Saturday, making him not feel like playing cricket anymore.

"I just think the timing is right," Lowry said to his family, who were mostly busy ignoring him. "The mind wants to go on, but the body just won't cooperate.

"Also, some idiot stole one of our stumps after it got left out on the lawn a week ago, and playing with two wickets just feels bloody ridiculous."

Lowry displayed a keen commitment to the sport during his career. He was always the instigator of backyard cricket matches during family gatherings, and was often back out playing as soon as he'd had his dinner and a couple of beers.

Many claim, however, that his eagerness to play was unmistakably a ploy to avoid cooking and washing-up duties.

He was also an innovator, pioneering the "six-and-out" rule at 42, Gracefield Crescent, after his nephew had exploited Lowry's good relationship with his neighbours by repeatedly tonking Lowry into the adjacent property, collecting six runs each time.

"He threw a little bit of an angry tantrum about it when I said that hitting it into the Caldwells' would now be out in the middle of his innings," Lowry mockingly said of his nephew Simon, as his family continued to not care. "But in the end we came up with a compromise, and the game has been much better for it since the Easter holidays of 2003."

Simon was reportedly five at the time.

Lowry's crowning achievement in backyard cricket was his marathon innings of 142 not out, which he proudly dubbed a "world record" as no one has made a higher score in that particular backyard. The historic innings was made during the family's Christmas barbeque in 2008, as a fairly drunk Lowry ruthlessly tore to pieces a bowling attack consisting of several children under 14.

The landmark innings was characterised by his on-field aggression, with his eight-year-old daughter bursting into tears and running to her mother after Lowry described her as the "biggest pie-chucker" he had ever seen in his life. His 12-year-old son, too, had lost interest in the game and walked off in a huff after his father refused to believe he had caught him cleanly while on 45.

The innings was cut short when Lowry's mother-in-law stomped and berated him for being a "useless, drunk piece of s***" after he had insulted most of her grandchildren in one way or another, but Lowry believes he was well on track to make an epic double-hundred "had that b***h Helen not got her knickers in a twist".

Lowry claimed that while some may only remember him for his refusal to stop batting when he had been given out lbw, he will be regarded as an aggressive batsman with a never-say-die attitude, and perhaps the finest backyard cricketer his extended family had ever produced.

Lowry also likened himself to Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan, as he, like them, had left an indelible mark on the sport and played the game in the right spirit. He refused to be compared, however, with "that Sri Lankan chucker who went through all those Tests and was proven to be a cheater. What's his name? Malinga?"

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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Posted by darshan on (April 17, 2011, 14:38 GMT)

Very Nice, One of the best in Page 2.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 15, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

Too good - "pioneering the "six-and-out" rule at 42" We still follow this rule :)

Posted by Praveen on (April 15, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

"The mind wants to go on, but the body just won't cooperate" Hilarious to hear from a backyard cricketer. Nice one

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 15, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

the SLC bus driverwas written by this same guy, not 'Anand Ramacchnadran"

Posted by Irfan on (April 14, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

Hilarious!! The best article I've read on page 2

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 14, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

When there is no real player involved in the whole story except at the end, it kind of lacks the punch. Can't belive I read all this. Innovative and funny, but not quite up there.

Posted by Prince on (April 14, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

ha ha.... From the title, I thut what is a serious article doing in Page 2. Hilarious stuff :-)

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 14, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

Good Article!! this is same as 'Anand Ramacchnadran's artcile about SLC bus driver retiring".. "Lowry described her as the "biggest pie-chucker" he had ever seen in his life" nice on!!

Posted by Rohan on (April 14, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

Ohhhhh.... Hilarious..!!! ROFL... Too good Andrew...!!!

Posted by Parag on (April 14, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

hillarious... great one... actually kept me googling dennis lowry for some time :)

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