Watching cricket under floodlights

Last night I took my wife and our 2 small boys to Lord’s to watch Middlesex play Kent in a Twenty20 Cup thrash – and Middlesex did indeed get thrashed by 60 odd runs.

But the floodlights, being used for the first time if I heard the announcer correctly, were fantastic and watching them rise slowly before play kept my boys amused for ages.

Great work MCC – now I can’t wait for the Twenty20 World Cup to begin in a few weeks time!

So That’s Alright Then …

So England won their final game at the cricket World Cup in the West Indies. As a cricket lover (my wife might describe me as a fanatic), you might think that I would have posted several times about this tournament, but to be honest, I’ve found very little to get excited about. England have been back to their old, awful self, and that’s before even mentioning Freddie Flintoff’s attempt to get home early by pedallo!

For me the whole shebang has been totally overshadowed by the death of Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach and ex-England player. If his death is suspicious, and the performance of the Englishman purporting to be the Deputy Police Commissioner of Jamaica is bordering on that of a pantomime dame, then the world has a real problem as another sport descends into the mire of gambling and fixing.

England also lost their coach along the way. Duncan Fletcher has, I believe, done a great job English cricket in the last 7 years and for that, I am thankful. But the choices and decisions that he oversaw or made since the start of the Ashes series at the end of last year appeared to me to be plain wrong. He’s done the honourable thing and resigned and we now wait to see how Peter Moores copes with what for many is becoming like the England football managers job. A definite poisoned chalice.

But England won their last game tonight so that’s alright then!

I Don’t Believe It!

England’s cricketers have one of the most embarassing Ashes tours in living memory and then proceed to limp through the early qualifying games agains Australia and New Zealand.

And then win the whole shotting match without needing to go to the 3rd final. Amazing.

So now it’s off to the WIndies for the World Cup which might be quite good for us, but I have a sneaking feeling it won’t be. But the Baggy Greens have got some real problems to resolve in the next 2 weeks. Shouild they take Glenn McGrath? He’s looked very tired in these last few games. And he’s already announced his retirement from international cricket so one must question his motivation. And the loss of Andrew Symonds is a huge blow.

I know who’s captaincy shoes I’d rather be in …