Lord's is the home of cricket. It's located in North London and as my local bus goes right by on its way down to Victoria Station, you can get a glimpse of the Nursery Ground over the wall. So it was with much anticipation I arrived at the gates with friend The Umpire to see Australia versus England in the second Ashes test.
With England leading by about 500 runs from the first three days of play (for those of you who don't know your cricket, test matches can go for five days), I had little hope of an Aussie victory but the Ashes series is an age-old contest between our two nations and when in
Australia got an absolute shellacking. No surprise there given recent performances. But it was a great day. Lots of sporting banter, a cricket umpire as a companion (to answer all my inane cricketing questions), some really fabulous weather and a goodly selection of vittels to keep us sustained: what more could a person want?
Oh yeah. A few more runs on the board.
Here are a few pics of my Big Cricket Day Out.
The first one's of yours truly, mainly to prove not only that I was there but also to demonstrate that England is actually having a Summer (note the blue sky behind the hat and sunglasses).
Fans had travelled from across the world to
The emergence of the players at 11am...England was STILL batting.
This is the Grace Gate, the official players entrance. It's Grade II heritage listed - that happens a lot in London.
And this is the Big Vacuum Cleaner, ready to suck up all the rubbish it could find. Just kidding. It's actually the media centre.
And in true form, the banter was everywhere. Even on the back of the
And that, my dear Gidday-ers, was Lord's and another tick made on Ye Olde Bucket List.
Speaking of ticking things off, never fear peeps. I'm still ticking off the days until the very fabulous birthday celebration of yours truly. Just 7 sleeps to go...