A weekend of cricket,sun and a Brucie Bonus!

Way back I put in to the ballot for the Lord’s test England v Pakistan and was successful for yesterday. The first two days went Pakistan’s way but we hoped to see England make a better fist of playing against the young, talented Pakistan side. Now that is as deep as I will probably be!

We arrived although the queue made us a little tardy.

I had also booked lunch and afternoon tea as a treat and just in case weather was poor.

Just before lunch for the teams we made our way to the Thomas Lord room and enjoyed a wonderful lunch.

What hit me was this is still a very male bastion, and as we sat down, we were ignored by a male only party already seated. The couple to Kevin’s right although were far more welcoming and I was joined on my left by a father and son who made the lunch convivial and enjoyable with tales of travel, work and family shared.

We made our way back to the Lower Compton stand, where I had struck up conversation with a Pakistan fan who had been at school with Mark Ramprakash, even sharing dancing feet.

Wickets fell and all too soon it was time for tea.

More loud postulation which was now amusing and mostly ignored!

Returning to our seats we enjoyed the partnership of Buttler and Bess.

Stumps and a good journey home, tired but having had a day to remember all round.

Today we were to visit Essex to watch the Eagles v Surrey and the sun shone and we were dropped off by Joe.

Thunderstorms were forecast so I had a brolly just in case. Essex were first to bat and the runs came, slowly at first.

Due to being out all day we hadn’t time to sort lunch, so a trip by the River Chelmer to the local M&S was called for. A few treats and a delightful Rhubarb, ginger beer hit the spot.

A steel band played after the Essex innings closed on 294 from their 50 overs. And families were on the pitch, so lovely to see

We were joined by Bruce who we met up with in Oz in November, and that was a bonus! He regaled us with his short and medium term plans culminating in Sri Lanka and WI!

Next we were joined by Debbie and heard about the Rugby they both attended yesterday.

Now, I don’t purport to be an expert on sport I watch, I am fairly shallow in as much I appreciate sport and also a good bottom and muscular thigh!

Now I took the first photo above of Snater, and Bruce took the fish eye one – which makes me think of ‘Does my bum look big in this?’

Surrey came out and although an early wicket, they plied their craft well.

Elgar batted with all the pomp and circumstance of his namesake!

A comfortable win by Surrey with wickets and balls in hand.

We said our goodbyes and got home with garden in need of a drink!

Astilbe, foxgloves and peonies blooming and a plant that I don’t recognise are a joy to behold.

What a start to half term!

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