After a rugby league fest it was time for a more leisurely pursuit, during the Easter holidays I’d had a quiet day, that generally has me looking for sports fixtures.  I already had my Essex and Surrey dates pencilled into my diary so looked further afield.

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Lords – The Home of Cricket is a place I along with many others love to watch cricket.  It just has a magical quality about it.  It didn’t take me long to decide I’d go and  watch Middlesex take on Kent in the T20 Blast.

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I wrote the fixture in my diary yet somehow forgot to actually buy a ticket!  That was remedied the day before the match for a very reasonable £20!

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It really is very easy to get into London from Chelmsford – rather thanchoose the expensive taxi route I drove to Shenfield and was able to park in the road near to the station.  I don’t begrudge paying to park, but I do hate walking in the dark round to the car park.

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I chose the Baker Street route only to be faced with one of my biggest fears when I had to get off the train – THE GAP – it was huge!!  How I actually got off I do not know!  But, the cricket drew me.

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One stop to St John’s Wood and Lords was right there, A quick walk round to collect my ticket and I was in!  I spotted my Quins supporting,  Lords Steward friend – it’s always a delight to say hello!

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I had a walk round to the Pavilion and encountered a band playing – only at Lords!  Had a cup of tea and a cookie and watched some very charming waiters lure people into the swish looking Harris Garden for drinks.  Largely with no success at that time.

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I’d chosen to it in the Grandstand having never sat there – I made the wrong choice for me – the view from the lower tier wasn’t to my liking, I prefer being behind the bowlers arm and found I couldn’t see the classy boundary from where I was sitting.

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Middlesex were first up to bat, and they made a very good job of it.  They’ve had mixed fortunes losing to Gloucestershire and drawing with Sussex.

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They came out with a high total on their mind – I never quite know whether it’s best to chase or to set the target.  I can’t see who won the toss and didn’t hear, but I suspect Middlesex won and chose to bat.

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Paul Stirling opened with Dawid Malan, Malan had only faced 9 balls before he was caught by Sam Billings from the bowling of Darren Stevens for 11.

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Stirling was joined at the crease by Nick Compton – his stay was a short one – 3 balls for 5 runs before he was caught by Daniel Bell-Drummond – bowler Calum Haggett.

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Stirling had been making steady runs and was joined by the returning Eoin Morgan the tow piled the runs on – with Stirling hitting a wonderful 90 before he was out caught by Bell-Drummond from the bowling of Stevens – the score had built to 153.

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Eoin Morgan had his eye in too and made an impressive 54 before he was caught by Alex Blake from the bowling of Adam Riley – it was good to see England’s ODI captain in the runs.

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James Franklin was then Not Out for 23, Joe Burns added 13 before he was bowled by Matt Coles and John Simpson finished Not Out 1.  Middlesex had amassed a good total of 205.

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I moved to the Edrich Upper to sit with Paul and Rhys – Originally Twitter friends with Paul we’ve connected on Facebook.  Rhys plays cricket for the Middlesex Disability team and is thriving!  It was great to meet them and a few of the other members of the team as well as one of their coaches.

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The teams emerged after a short break – Kent weren’t equal to the task of scoring high – their top scorer was Sam Northeast on 20.  They were all out for a poor 90!

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That was mainly due to the bowling of James Franklin – he was on a hat trick twice!  He finished with figures of 5 for 21!  Hugely impressive!

And so a big win for Middlesex – that’ll give the great momentum going forward.  Kent will have gone home with their tales between their legs, a lot to work on!

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I thoroughly enjoyed my evening – it was greatly enhanced by meeting the Middlesex DCCC lads!

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A few facts

  • Cost of Ticket             £20.00
  • Cocktails                     £  8.50
  • Spirit & Mixer           £   8.50
  • Champagne Veuve   £70.00
  • Dom Perignon          £240.00!!!
  •  Red/White Wine    £  22.00

The prices are all with The Harris Garden – wow – but I imagine people will buy aplenty!

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