Oh for an English Cricket Season

Liverpool Cricket Club’s grand pavilion

I think I’ve mentioned before about my love of cricket and how much I am missing it because of our lockdown. But what I’m actually missing even more possibly than the cricket itself is the BBC’s Test Match Special commentary. And then I came across this (it’s an emotional ride but worth it) on BBC Sounds:-

www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06j2f7j

I remember this particular interview by Jonathan Agnew very well and thought at the time it portrayed cricket so well and in the way I recall it from my childhood onwards. You see most of my cricket experiences have actually been via listening to it on the radio. Yes I played a bit and I go to watch a County Championship match when there’s one on in Southport or Liverpool but cricket is Test Match Special to me. And yes my Dad and I would usually turn off the TV sound and substitute the superior one of the radio, but of course this was when cricket was shown live on the BBC.

Sunny Southport’s Cricket Match

I’m reminded of a book written to celebrate the life of the BBC’s famous cricket presenter Brian Johnson entitled ‘Summers Will Never be the Same’ and hope that in the context of us having no cricket at all so far this season that summers will be the same one day.

Southport – A grand day out at the cricket

1st Division County Championship Cricket returned to Southport & Birkdale’s ground yesterday. It was the first day of a four day game Lancashire V Worcestershire.

The weather, so important to a cricket match, held too although it was a little chilly for the first hour of play. There was a big crowd too packed into the compact ground which is right next to the Liverpool – Southport railway line.

Worcestershire batted first and they were all out for 222 with Lancs seemingly in difficulties at 96 for 5 at the close of play. The batsman of the day was undoubtedly Brett D’Oliveria grandson of the world famous cricketer Basil D’Oliveria. Here’s a photo of Brett batting with a link to Worcestershire CCC’s page about him and his famous grandad:-

www.wccc.co.uk/players/brett-doliveira/

A lovely relaxing day at the cricket and for £10 it’s good value when you consider the prices of going to see any professional sport these days. Well done to the Birkdale Club for putting on another excellent game, here’s to next year.

The lead photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

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