England vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Lords, London, May 2008
Ah, Lords. So rare & refined. Let’s get on the piss! Clearly things had improved for us lifestyle wise this time around in London. In 1999 I rocked up, without a ticket, and procured one off some Cockney Knees Up Wide Boy outside the ground. Fast forward nine years, and we ordered tikets online, as well as a hamper of fine wine, cheeses, pickles and snacks to be picked up when we arrived. Strange how Lords, bastion of Good Taste and Decorum, let’s you take in a bottle of wine each, then buy more once you are there. Here, here! Yet, in New Zealand you can not take in more than 100ml of any liquid. The cricket? Well, the expectation of an even stoush was really ended by shite weather. The whole series was drawn 0-0. The rain actually scuppered the whole day, it was pretty much a washout – but due to cricket’s fine set of rules, because less than 25 overs was bowled, we got in free teh next day as well. So although we spent the Saturday drinking and eating and … watching hardly no cricket, we had a good tome. It was also the day of the FA Cup Final, and due to the rain some comedy was provided in a fine MCC tannoy announcement that “due to the inclement weather, and after long negotiations with the MCC, the Fa, and BSkyB, Lords is pleased to announce that the Football Association Cup Final will be played on the big screen… sans sound”. I saw ex-All Black Chris Jack at the urinals too. Nice urinals – it was Lords. He slunk back into the corporate area. Drawn Test. An innings of 97 to McCullum and a century to Jake Oram in the second innings to seal a draw, so there was some grit shown there. So in the end, after two days of cricket interrruptus in the stands, on the Pinot Gris we were happy even though it rained. ‘Happy When It Rains’ by The Jazz & Mazz.