Breaking out the Anorak at Lord's

Last updated 08:49 16/05/2008

There were all sorts of anoraks at Lord's today- and not all of them were carrying scoresheets, pencils, binoculars and lifetime supplies of Wisden Almanacs. It rained off and on most of the day so there were genuine anoraks of the raincoat variety in abundance. The delayed start meant we didn't have to combat the Tube too early, giving us the opportunity to get a barrage of pints in at Gordon Ramsey's pub, The Warrington, before the start of play. There's something strangely wonderful about drowning your sorrows before the Test has even begun.

Ross Taylor is right – there are men (and the odd woman) in beige scattered about Lord’s this week. Not that they make it easy for there to be a presence for Kiwi fans: it is nigh in impossible to get a group of more than about six people sitting together en masse. We are there in several platoons of course, and will be reuniting at lunch for a spot of Pimm’s and some BYC on the Nursery Ground on Saturday and Sunday. 

It was fascinating meandering around Lord's as the ground, the players and all the auxiliary facilities were being prepared. Scaffolding was being erected, new signs stuck to fences and the red-skirted npower girls go through their paces. (I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with them via these profiles.) Not sure why they needed to have a warm-up, but I suppose walking around looking magnificent and getting ogled by men in red and white striped blazers and bizarre spectacles takes a bit of psyching up. For the record, every single one of them looked blonde, friendly with a sunbed, and effective.

Lord’s is truly a citadel of cricket. Every single one of you must come here before you die. Cricket oozes from these pores in St John's Wood – there is nowhere better to be watching cricket. But while it is a magnet for cricket-lovers from around the world, the weird and wonderful eccentrics of London also gravitate toward it. For example, as I waited at the MCC reception, I heard grunting and groaning and a chap emerged with a weird looking racquet, in top to toe white towelling. He'd been unleashing on another bloke similarly attired, as they played what must be one of the most ridiculous sports ever invented: real tennis. Just what the point of a court promoting another sport is doing at the home of cricket is not clear to me, but there you go. And sitting in front of us in The Mound Stand was a match made in heaven: a husband and wife listening to the BBC's Test Match Special via one cheeky earphone each. A beautiful thing.

Elsewhere there was the sight of the Kiwi players fleecing a football around at practice. Jamie How could sign up for Wrexham or Stoke City – he really is quite good. We're off back to The Warrington as I type this - and we're trying not to not mention the pain of seeing Baz self-implode for one more run than last time, seeing Broad bowl consistently well, SoR fail to emulate his old man, and the most ridiculous attempted hoik to cow corner from the aforementioned Mr Taylor. He is batting in a style very reminiscent of our own BYC efforts. The V Ross, stick to the the V.

Post a comment
Steve   #1   11:54 am May 16 2008

I think comparing Ross's 'moo' to anything you've produced in the back yard would be doing yourself a disservice. Did he notice there wasn't 90,000 Indians squeezed in behind a barbwire fence? Awful.

Dr Zoidberg   #2   02:15 pm May 16 2008

Watching Ross Taylor's reckless dismissal yesterday, I felt like I was stuck in Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. I really thought he had turned the corner with his century in the last series. Bracewell should make his last act as coach to tatoo "Play in the V" on his forehead (Rossco's forehead that is).

Checked out those profiles. Tidy. Blondes all round and sure to be a couple of Essex girls amongst them!!

brad   #3   06:14 pm May 16 2008

I don't know if you saw taylor in SA... he was horrible. I thought he had matured in the tests v England at home. Guess not.

We just need oram, vettori, mills (and southee?) to chip in with a few runs each and we'll have a total that'll meant we won't definetly lose (losing will still be an option, just not a certainty).

Sanchez   #4   10:33 pm May 16 2008

Enough about Taylor, lets stick to the positives and one of those would be for the rain to stay away tomorrow so I don't have to take the umbrella with me.

Another will be we should be bowling in similar conditions against an equally shaky top order, if Mills, Martin and the swinging Mr. Southee can get it right early then who knows are the words first innings lead too much to wish for?

Also are there any other cricket grounds outside the subcontinent that still let you take alcohol in with you? Still you're not allowed a banner though.   #5   04:40 am May 17 2008

One of those npower girls is from Auckland. :)

Auch   #6   11:14 pm May 20 2008

Ross Taylor is an awesome batsman, whatever anyone says to the contrary. He is just out of form at the moment. He'll soon recover his form.

Post comment


Required. Will not be published.
Registration is not required to post a comment but if you , you will not have to enter your details each time you comment. Registered members also have access to extra features. Create an account now.

Maximum of 1750 characters (about 300 words)

I have read and accepted the terms and conditions
These comments are moderated. Your comment, if approved, may not appear immediately. Please direct any queries about comment moderation to the Opinion Editor at
Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content