Middlesex v Sussex, Southgate

Went to Southgate today – picturesque ground in North London – to see Middlesex against Sussex. Terrific day it was too, written up here.

Outgrounds are a great way to watch cricket. There is an intimacy Test and county grounds can’t aspire to; a greater sense of the occasion rather than just the game. Sid was there too. It was his first trip to an outground having been to Lord’s, The Oval and so on and he was fascinated by the quaintness of Southgate. Most amazing of all though is that it is situated in N14, one of those postcodes which simply says “suberbia.” Yet, despite it being a stone’s throw from the Piccadilly line, you could almost be in the country.

Well worth a trip. It’s £15 to get for adults, and comparatively cheaper for kids – which I find pretty extortionate quite frankly – but it’s a super little ground and worth keeping an eye on Middlesex’s fixture list for forthcoming games. Also had a brief chat with John Emburey, who I rudely interrupted, who was a top bloke and very accommodating. Cheers Embers.

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