Fascinating Lords Test

I followed the BBC Live Reporting on the web avidly on the last day until Woakes and Bairstow seemed to be dodging bullets on a ball by ball basis. That said, it was great to see them putting up a fight. I finally pulled the plug at half past midnight my time. But after three hours of sleep dreaming about really dodging bullets, too much Cheddar before bed, I couldn’t resist a peak.

We had not managed to take it into the fifth and final day. Oh well. But a game that shows just how alive and well Test Cricket is. Perhaps one fine day, Pakistan will be able to host again in their own country. Looking forward to following the next one in Old Trafford.

England smash six to tie match.

What pleasant news to wake up to. Went to bed with Sri Lanka about to post something halfway to decent, 45 overs down. They ended up with 287. Woke up and flicked on the Telly to see that after reeling at 80 odd for 6, Butler and Woakes had pulled it back to a situation where Plunkett needed to hit 6 off the last ball to dramatically tie with Sri Lankan. He only went and did it. Wish I had been there. Looked like an awesome chase after a failed start.

Cricket in the Sun

There have been precious few blue sky days in Anren, Sichuan over the past year and a half, but just occasionally, the blanket of cloud evaporates, and we get some decent cricket weather. Running the Cricket Extra Curricular Activity has been enormous fun. We generally play ‘Kwicket’ in order to keep the kids interested and excited.


Whispering Death and the late great Tony C.

There are so many wonderful things about this video. Namely, the late great Tony Cozier and his beautiful warm Caribbean voice accompanying the neatly pressed Holding flannels as they land rhythmically on the popping crease. I once walked with schoolmates all day along the South Downs listening to the radio as Cozier described a O.D.I. Eng v W.I. My blog would be not be a cricket blog without a nod to his wonderful voice. Cheers.

Sri Lanka crushed.

Talk about blink and you miss it. Could not get wifi for some 30 hours, and what do you know – Sri Lanka dismissed for 91, and then lose lose by an innings and 88 runs. Sounds as if Anderson and Bairstow practically won it alone. Look forward to the next one. Lankans just not used to the grey and the green!

On a totally separate note, how on earth can a Test win be worth only double that of a flash in the pan T20. No joined up thinking there. What’s the point of this points system?