"When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease" is a track on the Roy Harper album HQ, a prominent example of cricket poetry. Released as a single twice. When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease describes the feelings of a traditional local cricket match, using the context as a metaphor for death. Lancastrian born. Roy Harper wrote and recorded this elegiac song for his ninth album HQ, released on the Harvest label in , as a single in that year and again in View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease" on Discogs. HQ [Aka: When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease] is a music studio album recording by ROY HARPER (Prog Folk/Progressive Rock) released in on cd. In essence, the cricket song. Composed by Roy Harper and released in with a haunting melody, simple uncluttered guitar accompaniment and comforting brass. - the crease is the area of the pitch where the batsman stands to play the ball, just in front of the stumps - "leaving the crease" means you're "out" (bowled. Roy Harper is extraordinary. And this is perhaps the most extraordinary track he ever made, as well as one of his best-known; you'd expect such an anti-. Probably the best Roy Harper song ever! And so absolutely English, complete with a brass band accompaniment. You might need to read up a little on the game. When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease When the day is done and the ball has spun in the umpires pocket away And all remains in the groundsman's pains for.