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Entry from June 04, 2021
“I heard that cricket matches can last for days. No rest for the wicket”

"No rest for the wicked” is from the Book of Isaiah verses 48:22 and 57:20-21. “No rest for the wicket” is a cricket joke.

“The Bowlers have plenty to do, and there is no rest for the wicket” was printed in Punch, or the London Charivari on July 16, 1881.

“An American asked me why cricket matches lasted so long. I replied, ‘Have you never the saying- No rest for the wicket’ #badpuntuesday” was posted on Twitter by Mark D on September 14, 2010. “Why do cricket matches last for days? Because there ain’t no rest for the wicket” was posted on Twitter by zach on June 22, 2020. “I heard that Cricket matches can last for days… No rest for the wicket, I suppose” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on June 4, 2021.

“@SciencePunk If there’s a TV channel dedicated to 24 hour cricket coverage, I hope it’s called ‘No Rest For The Wicket’” was posted on Twitter by Jennifer Gunter on February 6, 2013. (The original tweet is no longer available.)


Wikipedia: Cricket
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat (and running between the wickets), while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this (by preventing the ball from leaving the field, and getting the ball to either wicket) and dismiss each batter (so they are “out").

Wiktionary: no rest for the wicked
Etymology
From the Book of Isaiah verses 48:22 and 57:20-21, originally Hebrew. First attested in English in 1535, in Coverdale Bible of Miles Coverdale. Quoted in biblical sense for centuries, humorous secular sense popularized from 1930s, particularly due to use as title of popular Little Orphan Annie strip by Harold Gray in 1933.
Proverb
no rest for the wicked

1. (literally) Eternal torment in hell awaits sinners.
2. (humorous) People who are wicked must work harder than normal people.

Google Books
16 July 1881, Punch, or the London Charivari, pg. 21, col. 1:
The Bowlers have plenty to do, and there is no rest for the wicket.

Google Groups: alt.callahans
Cricket Invasion
MadAlaric
Sep 22, 1997, 3:00:00 AM
The sekie considers the Journeyman’s explaination and says, “It seems to me, that no matter who wins, there’s no rest for the wicket...”

Phil the selkie...going underwater to hide.

Twitter
Maneesh Sahu
@maneeshsahu
What did the cricket stump say while being constantly knocked over by the bowlers - “There’s no rest for the wicket” #t20wc #fb
6:35 PM · Jun 5, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Sesquipedalian
@SesquipedalianZ
Ain’t no rest for the wicket, #cricket #uk
1:37 PM · Aug 24, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Mark D
@MarkDee85
An American asked me why cricket matches lasted so long. I replied, “Have you never the saying- No rest for the wicket” #badpuntuesday
8:31 AM · Sep 14, 2010·Snaptu

Twitter
OneBigHoliday
@OneBigHoliday72
Some people say that there is too much cricket played these days… No rest for the wicket.
8:40 AM · Sep 16, 2011·Echofon

Twitter
Keith WR Jones
@keithwrjones
Been invited to take part in a non-stop, 48 hour long cricket match.
No rest for the wicket.
11:14 AM · Jul 21, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jennifer Gunter
@DrJenGunter
Replying to @SciencePunk
I laughed! _> @SciencePunk If there’s a TV channel dedicated to 24 hour cricket coverage, I hope it’s called “No Rest For The Wicket”
5:33 AM · Feb 6, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jessica RATCHET
@jade_kadir
Replying to @SciencePunk
*LOL* RT @SciencePunk If there’s a TV channel dedicated to 24 hour cricket coverage, I hope it’s called “No Rest For The Wicket”
2:07 AM · Feb 8, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Alan Fettes
@muntermunter
This year’s busy #cricket season may put a strain on pitches up and down the country, but you know what they say: ‘no rest for the wicket’.
8:06 AM · Mar 17, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
rorychadbouffe
@stokedfishy
If you start a cricket brand please make your slogan “No rest for the wicket.”
11:36 AM · Jun 21, 2017·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Partridge
@jamesfromalba
Cricket is a true gangsta sport. Ain’t no rest for the wicket.
9:10 PM · Jul 20, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Prof Anna Williams
@Bonegella
Replying to @shitbarrister
No rest for the wicket (cricket term).
5:50 PM · Feb 9, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Gigs
@AndrewGigacz
Imagine the stories a set of stumps that’s been used in international cricket for years could tell. Maybe I could ghost write its autobiography. Title: “No Rest for the Wicket”.
#CWC19
6:34 AM · Jun 9, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
zach
@zqevans
Why do cricket matches last for days?
Because there ain’t no rest for the wicket
4:47 PM · Jun 22, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/sjmaeff June 4, 2021
I heard that Cricket matches can last for days…
No rest for the wicket, I suppose.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, June 04, 2021 • Permalink