Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Essex vs New Zealand

On Monday, as it was a bank holiday and the first sunny public holiday in an age, my Kiwi buddy B and I took the train out from London to Chelmsford to see the last day of the Kiwi's warm up match against Essex. I've never been to Chelmsford before, it isn't a particularly lovely town but the cricket ground is very pleasant in the classic county cricket manner, i.e. slightly dilapidated and resolutely unchanging in the face of modern innovations like video score boards and so on. I took a few photos of the ground during the lunch interval - I think they give quite a good flavour of the place:

Lunch Interval

Kiwi Supporters Came Prepared

Deserted Bar 2

The Essence of County Cricket

I think it's this last one which is my favourite. It completely sums what I love about county cricket, which is more of a lifestyle than a sport if we're honest. Here we have an elderly chap in his sun-hat in the middle of an empty stand (the turnout for county matches is seldom high), sat on a cheap plastic seat in the shade ignoring the beautiful sun which you can see peeking into the top left of the frame. That's it in a nutshell I think.

Finally here's one of B looking pleased with himself as the Kiwis finished off Essex to win the match just before tea:

The Jubilant Kiwi

After this we completely failed to find a nice pub to have a quiet pint in so we got the train back to the big smoke very contented with our day.

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Blogger Churlita said...

Does that mean there weren't any pubs, or that they were all full?

7:01 pm  
Blogger Mr Atrocity said...

There weren't any nice pubs. There were plenty of chain pubs with loud music and no good beer and one proper pub whose occupants looked like they'd stab us given half a chance so we gave up.

8:54 pm  

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