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A blokes' weekend away. Yarns, jokes, sledging . . . The usual guy-time thing, right?

But for five Kiwi chaps - a high-country farmer, a radio DJ, a businessman, a photographer and a shoestring traveller nicknamed Blanket Boy - things get a bit more extreme when they decide to go to India. To play cricket. From Kolkata to Agra, Darjeeling to Delhi, they take to the pitch in
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Published August 7th 2009 by Random House
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Melki
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, sports
I glared down the pitch at a bowler with 'Get lucky with an Irish Boy' plastered on his shirt. I had to pinch myself. I was in India, on an Indian pitch, facing an Indian bowler - albeit a ten-year-old.

Five mates from New Zealand venture to India for the express purpose of playing cricket. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I understood the least thing about the game, but for non-sport's fans the author offers a decent travelogue with terrific descriptions of the native culture, its
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Bachyboy
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very matey and masculine but I couldn't put this down. 5 NZ guys go on a tour of India, playing cricket with the locals being their focal point. Very funny, very entertaining and like anything I read about India, it makes me want to go. Thoroughly recommended. I read it in one day. Mind you I did very little else :)
Simon
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy cricket and travel writing, but I didnt enjoy this book as much as I had expected I would. It might be because I havent travelled through the sub-continent and wasnt able to relate this to my own experiences. With that being said, it's still a good book and I lent it to my father-in-law who really enjoyed it. ...more
Sunflower
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
You just know how this is going to go when you hear that these guys named their team "the Black Craps". Always interesting, sometimes hilarious, this is an account of 5 Kiwi guys on holiday in India, whose aim is to avoid visiting the usual tourist carpet shops and play cricket with local kids in as many locations as possible. They end up in some weird situations, playing with improvised equipment, catching the local lurgies and having a great time. I have called this non-fiction, though I ...more
Jim Locke
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a cracker, an insight into blokes and India all in one. Get up the Black Craps
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting concept and written well... quite funny too
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