After the washout on Friday we were rewarded by a glorious sunshine yesterday. We were also treated to the now familiar phenomenon of an England batting collapse.
Joe Root went first ball and the wickets continued to tumble all morning. Only a stand between Ollie ‘Naughty Step’ Robinson and centurion Rory Burns provided a stout rearguard action.
At stumps New Zealand were 165 runs ahead with a draw the likeliest result.
One feature we all enjoy in the Upper Mound stand are the hostesses in white flannels and cricket jumpers.
Lords lays great importance on service and just to exemplify this when one of our party spilled some fine claret over him a hostess was on hand to mop up the table and advise on stain removal.
Our group chatted away all day and I’m pleased that I stumped my pals with this trivia question
“Who was the first English captain to travel to Australia?”*
At the tea interval we tried to see a pal in Zone A.
We were in Zone C but a tape barrier was placed between the two zones under the media centre and we could only shout across to one another whilst a steward, who might have learned something from our winsome hostess, ordered us not to handle the tape. The heavy red wine and sun made me tired and to avoid the crush and rush I left jut after tea.
It was so good to be a Lords watching live cricket.
Robinson took 2 more wickets before stumps. His infamous tweet might have resolved the selector’s dilemma as he can hardly be dropped but if he is suspended then possibly Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali or Sam Curran can come in.
* Captain Cook