I took an afternoon off work on Wednesday as @colsonsmith had invited me to watch the One Day International between England and Sri Lanka at Emirates Old Trafford.
CJ had sorted some tickets so off we went with a very clear weather eye, the rain was stair rodding all the way along the M62. As we crossed the spine of England is changed to cats and dogs! We arrived in Manchester and the clouds lifted from Old Trafford we could make out the Pennines. Locals told us that the view meant the game would be on, The puddles on the covers meant that there was some mopping up to be done before anything could happen.
Now CJ had told me we had ground tickets so I was dressed in my trainers, jeans and had my rain coat on, when we arrived it turned out we were in a hospitality area where everyone was wearing shoes, trousers and jackets, when i say everyone there was one exception me!
“Dad you are such an embarrassment”
“If you had given me all the information I wouldn’t have been”
We had a mighty fine lunch, smoked salmon, followed by lamb loin and daulphinoise potatoes and finished off with a nice lemon. These were washed down with a very nice Sauvignon Blanc and a fruity Merlot.
While we were eating the ground staff had cleared the water, lifter the covers painted the wicket and the teams hard warmed up tossed up and were out on the pitch.
The game was on!
England were in the field,
James Anderson took the white ball and started swing bowling. This kept the Sri Lanka played pinned down and struggling to find runs. After only twelve minutes Dishan was gone for 2 to Anderson, then after facing 16 ball and scoring 7 runs Thirimanne was bowled by Anderson.
Jayawardene and Sangakkara tried in vein to rescue things and were top scorers on 12 and 13 runs!
After 23 overs Sri Lanka were all out, Chris Jorden taking 5 wickets for 29 runs was class. Tredwell and anderson took the remaining wickets.
Shri Lanka were 67 all out and not even half the overs had been used.
The innings was over so quickly the tea was not even ready!
England came out to bat, Cook and Bell opened the innings and early on Kulasekara and Malinga kept the scoring low. Sri Lanka brought on the spinners Herath and Senanayake the England opened their bats and began to punish the Sri Lankans who looked like they just wanted to get int the warm of the dressing room. Bell finished the innings with a mighty fine 6.
I felt cheated, the 100-over One day international had lasted just 36.1 overs and less than 2 hours of cricket.
James Tredwell put in some great figures ‘s cameo was equally effective—he bowled three overs, one maiden, two runs and two wickets!
Tea was served at the end of the game along with the end of match posh bacon (gammon) rolls and coffee.
It was a great day out albeit a bit shorter than we had expected.