Cricket

Get Your Dead Bodies Off Of Our Cricket Field

2/22/08 in Cricket   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


Man, now this is a weird story.

For 126 years the Somerset cricket grounds in England have had cricket legends bash their sixes off of the tombstones in the graveyard of St. James’s Church, which is located just beyond the field. For those of you that don't know much about cricket, you're awarded six points when you hit what is basically cricket's version of the home run.

Since the club decided that raining cricket balls on graves wasn't enough, they asked that the bodies be dug up and moved so they could extend their field.

And their request was granted. The club just won permission to move the dead and extend the outfield. Today work begins on the excavation and reinterring of 50 bodies just outside of the field of play. It took two years of negotiations with the Bishop of Bath and Wells, but the dead will now be raised.

Fifty bodies, which were buried between 1858 and 1888, are in the section of churchyard. No records exist of their names, not even on tombstones which disintegrated in the 1970s - which I assume disintegrated from getting hit by cricket balls.

Now, I know what you're thinking. This is pretty disrespectful of the dead. Yes, yes it is. Not only are you dead, but you have cricket balls raining down on your grave. And to top it all off, they're going to dig you up and move you.

Oh, but it gets even better. The coffins have disintegrated so the skeletal remains will be placed in a single box and buried under what will become a grassy mound for spectators to sit on.

Wow, now that's classy. Hey, why don't they just take on a dump on the remains as well before they bury them again. Only seems appropriate at this point.
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