There is nothing as glorious as watching cricket on a summer’s day. Yesterday was no exception. A day spent in the East Stand watching Pakistan play Australia on the third day of the Second Test at Headingley. For all you non cricketing types out there and anyone who does not understand the game of cricket I shall just say what an excellent days play!
To everyone else:- a little disappointing not to see Ricky Ponting stay a little longer at the crease from the start of the days play. Three quick wickets to the fast bowling of Pakistan’s rising star Aamer and Australia were struggling, and at one stage it looked doubtful that Pakistan would even have to bat again. However, a determined innings of 77 by Clarke and a quickfire 77 from Smith, including 2 massive sixes, ensured Pakistan would have to score 180 to win. The day finished with Pakistan still needing to score 40 runs to ensure their first Test win over Australia since 1995. (A victory since achieved!)
Back to the day itself. Cricket lovers would delight in the East Stand Long Room, the cricketing memorabilia on display from a ‘bygone age’ and the ‘Honour Boards’ engraved with the names of cricketing greats and their remarkable Test match feats performed at Headingley. It certainly made me think back to my youth and my cricketing heroes. All in all it made for a grand day out. I look to the next one.