In the beginning was Lordâ€™s. And all around was a formless void, swathed in darkness. And the MCC said: â€œLet there be light,â€ and light appeared. And 5,000 fans saw that the light was good, even though it was only temporary. And the local residents didnâ€™t kick up too much of a fuss. And thus Lordâ€™s took a bold step into the 21st century.
From the distinct lack of glitz on display on Monday night, Itâ€™s immediately clear that night cricket at Lordâ€™s will never enjoy the same raucous atmosphere it does at The Oval. But then again, nor should it. The long overdue experiment will hopefully transform the Lordâ€™s experience into something more thrilling and inclusive whilst retaining its respectful eloquence. Day-night games at Lordâ€™s will feel rather like a garden party to which the whole family is invited. There really is no reason why floodlights should automatically be synonymous with furry mascots and Gwen Stefani.