Lady Penelope sashayed up the stairs followed by 7 Tracy brothers dressed in full ‘International Rescue’ regalia. There was no sign of Parker; he was probably parking the Rolls. A large contingent dressed in khaki safari shirts and shorts doffed their pith helmets in acknowledgement as they passed. In their midst sat a zebra with his legs crossed.
As sporting events go there is nothing more idyllic than to watch Test-match cricket being played on a lovely sunny summer’s day. And today was one of those days with many dressed for the occasion. It was the third day of the match between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge, the crowd was in good fettle and we had seats in the upper tiers of the Hound Round stand.
The flags fluttered in the breeze as Strauss and Pietersen took to the field to the strains of Jerusalem. Anticipation of a good day’s play and the prospect of seeing Pietersen cut loose with the bat were high. It lasted barely 15 minutes before the ball wrapped him on the pads and he was out. You could hear the groan of disappointment going round the ground. The zebra put a pint to his lips, Danger Mouse buried his head in his hands and the man in the banana suit sagged in the middle.
However I am pleased to report that good cricket a plenty followed as the sun slowly arced its way round Trent Bridge with some delightful batting cameos from Bell, Broad and Bresnan against some strong W Indies bowling. This was followed by excellent bowling from the English trio of Anderson, Broad and Bresnan to leave the W Indies reeling on 61 for 6 by the end of the day, a lead of only 3 runs. We had seen over 200 runs scored and 14 wickets fall, an excellent day’s play indeed, and certainly appreciated by a considerable number who left in high spirits. I’m not sure what happened to Lady Penelope and the boys from Thunderbirds or the zebra but the guys in khaki were still there going strong. The title and lyrics of that Noel Coward song springs to mind ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen’. That’s cricket for you. Who says it’s a dull game!
And to round of the day; a stop on the way home for fish n chips at the Wetherby Whaler.
PS. England has now won the match and the series. Hurrah!