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.)

A large Union Flag was unveiled. Lesley Garrett sang " Jerusalem. " All very patriotic and tribal.

!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.

 Tea-time score. Note the " Yorkshire Tea " sponsors of the tea-break ( whatever next)

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.)

" Jack"  

Location: Hargreaves Lansdown.

'" Where's Wallace ."

Location: Bristol Marriott Hotel

" Salty Sea Dog "

Location: The Cascade Steps

Well me hearties, that's all for now.

Have a good week. Enjoy the sun, but not too much.


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