I have had an influx of live cricket this week, which is no bad thing at all. I was covering a game for the Eastern Daily Press on Sunday, went to the final days play at Lords on Monday and attended Essex’s first Twenty20 match of the season on Wednesday.
Sunday @ Old Buckenham
As I am covering Carter Cup matches for the EDP this summer, I was at the 2nd round match between Old Buckenham and Bradenham. It was a long but entertaining day, with the visitors falling short 26 runs short of their 307 run target.
Monday @ Lords
While writing my match report for the game at Old Buckenham late on Sunday night, it occured to me that it might be worth popping to Lords for the final day’s play of the England v Bangladesh match. So, a couple of us got a train nice and early and secured our £10 tickets.
We were treated to two full sessions, with Steven Finn the pick of the England bowlers and Andrew Strauss the stand out batsman in the fairly comfortable run chase. I even got to step onto the hallowed turf at lunch, so it was a fantastic day all round!
Wednesday @ Chelmsford
A couple of days later, I was off to the County Ground in Chelmsford to witness Essex’s first Twenty20 match of the season against Kent. As ever with this form of the game, it was an entertaining evening.
In terms of the cricket (which Kent won by six wickets), the best performance of the night came from Dutch International Ryan Ten Doeschate who smashed 98 off of 47 balls. It was quite an innings, despite the fact it didn’t help the home side to victory.
An excellent week!