My first ever interview, with Mark Ramprakash, can be read here. He was very helpful, very interesting and I hope you find it enjoyable…it’s tricky to get people to elaborate, not least those in the media glare, but Ramps answered all my questions with due thought.
I’m definately a Twenty20 convert. Even at the start of this season I was a fringe-fan, but now I’m definately enjoying it. Today has seen some brilliant Cricket. Flintoff and Symonds, for Lancashire, were typically awesome (Lancashire won to go through to the finals), and a few minutes ago David Masters pulled off the catch of the day/cup/summer to dismiss Graeme Smith. Smith chipped it to a deep long-on, and Masters dived backwards, clinging on one-handed…brilliant!
So, who will Lancashire play? Somerset and Leicestershire are in progress/action and the weather is holding. Great fun.
Tonight, cricket saw its first “bowl out”! The Twenty20 game between Surrey and Warwickshire was tied – Warwickshire, who I can only presume were set a revised target (Duckworth / Lewis) due to rain, tied the game with Surrey…and a football-style penalty shoot-out (hence “bowl out”) took place.
I only saw the final two balls – but the goal, if you’ll pardon the pun, is fairly obvious. Each team has to bowl at, and hit, the stumps. Tim Murtagh sealed the win for Surrey 4-3 – each side having bowled 12 times! Not that difficult to hit the stumps, is it? Murtagh tore his shirt off, lampooning around the boundary like a football freak! Amazing scenes! Should be more news on this tomorrow.
Charles Colville has “dramatic 20/20 news” to tell us in a few minutes…he’s at the Middlesex v Surrey derby where, incidentally, Alistair Brown is going beserk…
UPDATE: not that dramatic. Adam Hollioake is coming out of retirement for the Asia v Rest Of World XI 20/20 on June 20 at The Oval
Middlesex are well below 3 an over against Surrey. The bowling’s been reasonably good – tight, but not very penetrative. Singh is on for his first over, and Smith’s crashed him off the back foot. Impressed with Murtagh, looks to have a good action and caused lots of problems for both the left and right-handers. Certainly the pick of the pack so far. Lord’s really looks a sight today, with the sun beating down on a carpet-like outfield. Ooh, 4 for Smith through 1st and 2nd slip. He really doesn’t look half the player of a season or 2 ago.
Recorded for posterity. Some good names on show: Singh and Pathan from India, Styris from NZ, Joyce, Shah, Thorpe & Ramprakash. Was hoping to see Denis Compton’s Grandson Nick play today, but not selected. Shall fix typos at home, tapping all this on my phone. Not easy, but fun…
I’m off to Lord’s to see Middlesex v Surrey – strange, blurry cameraphone photos will appear in due course…