“The Home of Cricket”

I went to my first Cricket match on Saturday, England vs South Africa at Lord’s.

The game itself wasn’t that great, SA were awful and England beat them very easily. Winning was nice but I would have preferred something a bit more exciting to be honest.

Overall though it was a great day out, lots of people brought picnic hampers and coolers full of beer, wine and champagne.

All very civilised, except for the Aussie yobs sat behind us who managed to flick chocolate and suncream onto our backs and spill beer on our bags. Tossers.

I am going to watch a day of one of the upcoming tests too, also between England and SA. Hopefully that will be a lot more exciting.

2 thoughts on ““The Home of Cricket””

  1. All very civilised, except for the Aussie yobs sat behind us who managed to flick chocolate and suncream onto our backs and spill beer on our bags. Tossers.

    I am going to watch a day of one of the upcoming tests too, also between England and SA. Hopefully that will be a lot more exciting.

    Cricket is one of the few sports left in this country (or in the world) where the spectators can sit and go anywhere they like around the stadium – and are allowed to indulge in all day drinking. Such that in past tests I have been to the police have had to close the bar at about 2pm for an hour or so, to let everyone sober up.

    Having said that, unlike football, the atmosphere is usually rowdy but good-natured. Fancy dress is a recent tradition at test matches, often I suspect cos a good costume guarantees being shown on TV. A few years ago (just as mobile phones were becoming commonplace) a fellow near us unwisely tried to make a call, only for the whole stand to drown out his conversation with a rendition of ‘I just called to say I love you’. He was reduced to holding up his phone so that the person on the other could listen.

    The test matches usually have a bit more of an ‘edge’ than the one day matches, so you are seeing the very best of international cricket. Though it depends on luck how exciting the day is – if it is boring the crowd will do their best to liven things up!

    You can’t guard against someone being rowdy or spilling beer, so it’s best to go along with it (and take a towel)
    :-)

  2. You can’t guard against someone being rowdy or spilling beer, so it’s best to go along with it (and take a towel)

    Thanks for the warning Matt. :-)

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