Yorkshire lead batch of excellent cricket April Fool’s Day jokes

In one of the great traditions of British journalism, cricket did itself proud today with some tremendous April Fool stories.

EnglandadvertWhether anyone gets caught out by the erroneous news is debatable - surely people are too savvy these days - but it’s always good to see sport not taking itself too seriously.

BEST OF THE DAY

1 DIZZY HITS THE ROOF AT HEADINGLEY

The combined efforts of ESPN Cricinfo and Yorkshire County Cricket Club stole the show as they announced a revolutionary new All Sip Roof would be fitted to prevent play being lost to rain. Anagram lovers would have twigged immediately that All Sip Roof rejigs to April Fools.

It could be argued that too much effort was put into this prank, but a supporting video featuring Oscar winning performances from Jason Gillespie and David Ryder is well worth a watch. It’s the extra effort involved that encourages belief.

“It is a historic day for Headingley and the All Sip Roof,” said leading roof consultant Dorsal Loafyip - yeah of course he did :)

2 OLD FATHER TIME GOES FOR PHYSIO

The iconic Lord’s weathervane was recently damaged in high winds and the club issued and the MCC issued a statement today that Father Time will struggle to be in place for the first match of the season.

“MCC physio Keith Gladstone diagnosed the famous 89-year-old with significant copper damage to his leg after his removal from the top of the Mound Stand on Tuesday.”

“89 year-old confirms he will continue to tweet on behalf of Lord’s Cricket Ground via @HomeofCricket during his period of convalescence.”

Excellent!

3 DICKIE BIRD TO RUN FOR PM

On John Fuller’s cricketyorkshire.com site it was announced that Dickie Bird was to run for Prime Minister.

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, April Fools, said Dickie had more than enough energy to balance the twin, demanding roles of running the country and watching Yorkshire Academy at Weetwood: “Dickie will shake things up. He is a pocket rocket and superb ambassador for Yorkshire. Vote Dickie on 7 May.”

4 INDIA ARE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015 CHAMPIONS

Our own cricketbadger.com exclusive that the ICC had disqualified Australia and New Zealand fur unknown reasons and India had been handed the title went relatively unnoticed amid the other gags.

If you are an Australian fan and were worried - yes, it was an April Fool!

Did you pick up on a great cricket April Fool that we missed? Let us know… james@cricketbadger.com

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