IELTS Cue Card # 212 - Game or sport you have participated in
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a game or sport you have participated in.
You should say:
- what game or sport it is
- when you participated in it
- how many people were there
and explain whether you enjoyed it or not.
Sample Answer 1:
I am a big fan of “cricket”. In fact, I used to take part in different club level cricket matches as a college student. Later on, of course, I got busy in the professional world and, as a result, I couldn’t quite pay attention to cricket in the way I would have loved to, but the appeal of this great sport never got diminished to me. So, when I got an opportunity to play that sport again about a couple of years ago, I didn’t hesitate to hit the field.
It was a club-level match between two old clubs in my hometown, and I used to play for one of these two clubs when I was a college student. The captain of my team told me that I would primarily play in the team as a specialist batsman. I could bowl a little as well, but my captain didn’t really need my help in that department since there were way better bowlers than me in the team.
Anyway, it was a weekend, and so, I would say that a reasonably fair number of spectators, as many as 500 of them, came to the field to watch the game. The game started at around 10:00 am and continued till 6:00 pm in the afternoon since it was a 50 overs match. By the way, my team chose to bat first after winning the toss, and we amassed well over 280 runs. Needless to say, we won the match since our opponent team couldn’t even get close to the runs my team had got on the scorecard.
Anyway, I enjoyed the game a lot since my team won the match. Of course, I didn’t do that well in the match, but still, it was a great experience as it helped me to get together with some of my old friends and co-teammates. Besides, it also brought back some confidence in me, as far as my physical ability was concerned, which I thought I had lost because of not playing the sport for a long time.
Sample Answer 2:
I mainly played outdoor games in my childhood, and later on, after I got admitted to the university, I mostly played indoor games and computer games. Sometimes I played with my friends outside and those were essentially friendly games.
For this topic, however, I would like to describe a cricket match in which I participated in my high school against a team from another school.
I was around 15 or 16 years old at that time and was in grade 9. I played for my high school cricket team and participated in some of the memorable games against other teams in which we snatched victory from a really tough situation. Anyway, our cricket team, that year, participated in an interdivisional tournament, and I was one of the team members. In the first round, we defeated some of the best teams, and thus we got qualified to play the semi-final and then the final match. We played that final match against the Crescent High School Cricket team.
On that day, more than 800 people, including our teachers and classmates, were present at the playground and there was hardly any empty space left. The whole cricket ground was in a festive mode which made things a bit more interesting than expected. Our team won the toss and elected to bat. We did well in our batting and totalled 165 in 20 overs. Luckily, I had been able to score more than 40 runs that day which made an impact on our total score.
After 10 overs in our fielding, the match became very tight. Both teams had a chance to win and spectators were enjoying this match with excitement and anticipation. I took 2 wickets in 5 overs when I bowled and my economy rate was great.
In the last over, our opponent team needed just 10 runs to win, and we needed 2 wickets to earn the victory. To our surprise, the batsman hit a boundary and the match was in their favour then. We gathered together and made some plans. The last 3 balls were very exciting and the opponent team needed to score two in the last ball. With luck and the quality bowling of our bowler, we won the match. We were profoundly congratulated and won several prizes. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and our winning increased this joy and happiness to a great extent.
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