20 May 2013

Lords, the home of Cricket - London living

The opportunities that living in London offers are breathtaking.

I never thought I'd be able to say this, or tick it off my 101 in 1001 list, but I've attended a cricket match at Lords, the home of English Cricket. I've also just seen the New Zealand Black Caps play a match, in the sunshine. An astounding triple whammy, let's be honest.

Cricket is rather an upper class thing here, but they kindly let us two heathens in, as well as a load of passionate Kiwi supporters, I'm sure they didn't know quite what hit them (though the loudest hooligan was a POM ironically.


Where to start? How about a few nibbles and champers from the champagne tent?
 
Action shot!

  
 There are our boys in black, watching from the window!



It's a pretty awesome looking ground (might I just mention the beautiful Ladies Loos - the prettiest stadium bogs we've ever seen), and smaller scale than I imagined (click the image for more detail).


It's a great atmosphere though, more like the English Rugby scene which is more polite that hooligans and they clap at each wicket, except for a small very excited Kiwi contingent seated near us.


Once seated my friend and I looked at each other and said "Do you know what's happening?" "Nope, do you?" Thankfully our seat neighbours explained a few things, like NZ was struggling and would have had to notch up around 263 runs to win. We didn't do so great, but let's face it;


The iconic pavilion.



Let me share the basic basic basics; There are two teams of 11 eleven players, one bats and one bowls and then they switch. The batsman is protecting the wicket (the trident looking wood arrangement) from being smashed by the ball being bowled by the opposing team. Each time the batsman hits the ball out into the field, they score by running as often as they can between wickets..

Every time the ball hits the boundary fence the batsman score 4 runs, 6 if it doesn't bounce. As soon as the bowling teams' fielders catch the ball they hurl it back to the pitch to try and smash the wicket - which they can do if the batsman is mid-run.



As much as the cricket was fun, and we shared some lovely nibble (opting to stay booze free) the best bit was the people watching. A lot of panama hats, red trousers and blazers, there were also yellow trousers, pink trousers and a particularly cool blue sheep jumper paired green shorts.



It ended with the players having a nice cuddle and quite a bit of butt slapping (amongst the players on the field). I have to be honest with you, it felt a little weird, but nice.


Ps. We got fairly cheap tickets, £25 for a pretty ok view - for a good view you are looking to pay between £60.00-£180.00 but we didn't mind, it was more going to the grounds that we were interested in. However, you can occasionally get in for free to watch a match - check out the website here.

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