Being a North Sea fisherman is a tough job. So too being a mother of three children under 5. Rabid cricket fan – ditto.

A difficult job is about to get even tougher with the start of the World Cup. At the bottom of the world, "day" matches start at bedtime, while the day-nighters finish over breakfast.

That is no way to maintain healthy relationships with your children and significant others.


Cricket fans are, by nature, prone to wild mood swings. An unscientific survey of my cricket-watching brethren suggests they tend to feel either terrifically upbeat or