Bring On The Ashes: Gromits Part 2
As you can see from the above available evidence I was lucky enough to attend the first day of The Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham,
You can also see why, at the ticket prices, one day's play was enough.
I travelled, via train , with my friend D., who kindly got these tickets originally, nearly a year ago; such was the demand.
There was cloud cover throughout the day and the temperature varied between 19 and 20 degs. , making for comfortable viewing.
Here is my simple timetable for this engrossing day:
!0:39 enter ground.
10:47 enter Coldstream Guards. Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D. " ( Land of Hope ans Glory.)
!0:59 The Red Arrows swept across the ground in a fly-by.
English team came on to the pitch in fire and smoke. England won toss and elected to bat. Let battle commence!
I have to say at this juncture; I found it a little unsporting that the Australian Flag was never shown in the proceedings. A trifle unsporting chaps.
11:27 The floodlights were turned on and remained lit for the rest of the day.
11:40 English Captain A. Cook becomes first Australian 'victim' caught Hadden, bowled Pattinson for 13.
Lunch time score-board:
Lunch time pitch activities. Time for a stretch.
There was a loud cheer at 14:12. The Sun made its first appearance. It soon retreated back into cloud.
16:40, England all out for 215. Trott top scored with 48.
England lost their last six wickets for 37 runs (Oh Dear .)
D. and I left before the close of play, in order to catch an earlier train but saw the first two Australian wickets to fall; Watson and Cowan.
The close of play score was 75 for 4.
A very enjoyable day indeed.
Stop press : England win first test by 14 runs. ( what a nail-biter.)