Caulfield Park, Victoria

Who’s batting? Who’s bowling? Who cares? Does it matter in the grand scheme of things?

While the Western Australian chapter of Scoreboard Pressure continues its epic odyssey in search of desolate scoreboards in the desert (imagine Harry Dean Stanton in the film Paris, Texas), the Victorian branch this week offers a leafy alternative.

Caulfield v Elsternwick. Sub-District Semi Final. Labour Day long weekend.

Head-down despondency for the dismissed batsman. Head-up hope for the incoming team-mate.

 

Parallel Universe
Holden Caulfield Park is a gathering place for devotees of the late American author, the reclusive J.D Salinger. Holden Caulfied was the teenage anti-hero of the early 1950s novel The Catcher In The Rye. Cricketers at this ground discuss Salinger’s legacy at training, during drinks breaks of matches, in-between innings, at AGMs. Many a Thursday night selection committee meeting has lingered long into the evening as discussion turns to Holden and his health and those days wandering the streets of New York. The club hosts readings of extracts not just from The Catcher In The Rye but from Franny And Zooey; Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters; Seymour: An Introduction; and For Esme, With Love And Squalor.

Members of the Holden Caulfield Cricket Club enjoy regular literary soirees.