Can we have our ball back, please?

Some things never change, whether you are playing for school, club or country. It’s one of cricket’s charms.

Every cricket club needs understanding neighbours. There is more than one landmark case documenting the kind of troubles that can arise when a big hitting batsman decides to go aerial. So when a resident of Chelmsford was confronted with Lancashire’s twelfth man hanging over her fence this evening, it was nice to see her smilingly poke around her garden to lend a hand.

Unfortunately, as Chelmsford lacks the huge stadia of an international ground, the local houses seem to be fair game. As such, it took two attempts to find a ball of the appropriate age.

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