Hey Max, you appear to have discovered a lost instrumentation device for measuring the electrical fields generated by varying the proximity of bi-metallic spheres. I recall this was first considered germaine in the mid '60s as an alternate source of energy production. Research was funded by the then Soviet Union. But then again I could be wrong.
There was a short-lived attempt to bring cricket to the USA in the 1950s. Because the game and its subtleties are utterly baffling to the USA public, they tried to liven it up by adding static electric generators to the wickets. They also made them much larger so USA bowlers wouldn't have to be as accurate.
The attempt failed. The manufacturer of the electric wickets tried to sell them to 43-man Squamish teams, but that sport was already way too complex.
@Max: you should visit the Silicon Valley one of these days, on a typical weekend, there are multiple teams playing Cricket and there are regular tournaments which sees fierce competition. The same goes for NYC and Chicago...
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