It's the first day of the cricket season. The nation's buzzing. We went down to Old Trafford for Lancashire against Hampshire to sample the party atmosphere.
This was what the sky looked like this morning. We Mancunians pride ourselves on knowing the local weather. These aren't rain clouds.
Hmm. We're not in north Lancashire or south-west Cheshire. We're in the bit without "brighter, drier intervals".
This picture tells us two things: That we're still in our house at 13:06 because of the rain and that we like to pile CDs on top of our stereo.
Woolly hat. Check. Ski socks. Check. It's officially a 'double trousers day' too. Readers in warmer climes may be unfamiliar with the concept of wearing two pairs of trousers simultaneously. Believe us, sometimes it can and must be done.
Play eventually started at 3pm. Lancashire asked Hampshire to bat which meant that we didn't have to endure Iain Sutcliffe's batting. Even Iain Sutcliffe's mum's favourite cricketer isn't Iain Sutcliffe.
Lancashire opened the bowling with ageing medium-pace all-rounder, Glenn Chapple...
...and ageing medium-pace all-rounder, Dominic Cork.
We missed John Crawley's wicket. This is where they put the big screen when there's a Test match.
Glenn Chapple enjoys a bit of banter with the crowd.
Here are a few notable names who could have been playing in this fixture, but weren't: Kevin Pietersen, Shane Warne, James Anderson, Andrew Flintoff, Brad Hodge and Sajid Mahmood. Not to worry though, because the Old Trafford faithful were treated to Dominic Thornely and Nic Pothas instead...
We hadn't seen Tom Smith before, but we were impressed. He consistently made the batsmen play and on occasions beat them for pace. He fully deserved his 3-29. Are we the first off the mark in lauding him? What do we win?
We were slightly disappointed that nobody spoke to us, like World Cup winner, Andy Bichel
did, but we still had a good day, largely due to Lancashire's success and partly due to the large amount of clothes we wore.
Labels: cold, first-hand cricket, Lancashire, Old Trafford, Tom Smith