What better way to get back to live cricket than an evening at Lord’s! I had bought myself tickets for the Edgbaston test, but with the lack of firm info on tickets and my second vaccination being only 2 days before the start I opted for a refund. I wasn’t quite ready for a crowd of 18,000 with no social distancing.

Instead I bought myself a ticket for the T20 match between Middlesex and Surrey, and the experience and match did not disappoint. My photos aren’t great, the light isn’t the best at an evening match, so they’re going to be a bit random. I decided to drive as far as I could, which was Stratford Westfield, giving me a safe car park to get back to. I went up early and sat and ate a Pret lunch in Regents Park before strolling to the ground. A note to self for next time, don’t feed the geese! Wow they’re brazen! The park was a delight but the best was to come.

A short stroll up to the East Gate and I found myself second in the queue,I bumped into Surrey mad James whose company I then had for the duration of the game. A lovely added bonus was to see my rugby/cricket friend Nick, sport really is about the people you meet and get to know, I’ve missed that as much as the sport itself. I was able to chat to my near neighbours through the game, MCC Associate member Ted had brought Beth to her first cricket match. She’d been initially hooked by The Test, the Amazon documentary before the IPL filled many Lockdown hours. She’d formed a soft spot for Australia, we both explained that just can’t be a thing when it comes to England cricket!

On to the cricket, no blow by blow account on this one, there were 2 outstanding knocks, one for each team, and a truly outstanding catch amongst a very good game of T20.

Eoin Morgan won the toss and put Surrey in to bat. Will Jacks opened with Jason Roy, it’s not often the England man takes the back seat, but in an opening partnership of 95 Jacks scored 70 from the 24 balls he faced, his innings was quite remarkable, he hit 9 Fours and 5 Sixes and looked well set to reach his century. Sadly he was left high and dry by Jason Roy and easily run out, understandably he looked furious – the dressing room will have been an interesting place!

Jason Roy’s runs eventually overtook his balls faced and he made 45 from 42 balls before he was bowled by Nathan Sowter. Sam Curran woth 21, Jamie Overton 27 and Tom Curran 25 helped Surrey to their total of 223 for 7. We had the unusual sight of Blake Cullen being removed after bowling 2 height No Balls, it would’ve been more advantageous for Surrey for him to keep bowling!

Nathan Sowter had the best bowling figures of 4 for 40 from his 4 overs.

Nathan Sowter

Paul Stirling and Steve Ezkinazi shared a very similar opening partnership to the Surrey lads. In a first wicket partnership of 86 Stirling, who can be a wonder to watch scored 58 from his 28 balls, including 5 Fours and 4 Sixes. Stilring is the kind of player who can take a game away, James and I had noted the similarity between the innings and no sooner were the words ‘ we need a silly run out now’ out of James mouth, than Paul Stirling was indeed run out! Spooky in the extreme!

Paul Stirling doing Paul Stirling things

We had what felt like a strange sight as Eoin Morgan came in, in a pink top, when as you can see above Middlesex’s T20 shirt is geen this year. I’ve since learnt he was wearing a pullover, it looked odd and will perhaps be remedied before they play another game. Morgan is always a potential danger and he scored 32 from 17 balls before what can only be described as a wonder catch by Tom Curran, it was shout out loud brilliant!

Tom Curran had the star moment of the evening!

Steve Eskinazi had outstripped the balls with 36 from 33 balls, but Middlesex were 137 for 3 after 14.3 overs. Chris Gree n, who started his career at Surrey was the only other player to make double figures as Sam Curran made his mark with the ball, taking 4 for 29 in his 4 overs. Surrey won by a fairly wide margin of 54 runs in the end.

A stunning cricket sunset – how I’ve missed this kind of view!

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