Cricket: SURvMID T20 and Day 2 of ENGvIRE / by 3.1

As I make my way to Lord’s this evening for Middlesex v Surrey T20, I’ve just remembered to check in on some of the very interesting matches I’ve been at over the last few weeks, especially with the Lord’s Ashes Test looming next week (for which I have tickets to Day 1).

The penultimate Tuesday in July saw us up in Patch’s office as usual for one of the Surrey T20 fixtures, though this was to be a London Derby against my beloved Middlesex.

AB de Villiers heads out to bat, but he was dismissed rather cheaply a few overs later.

The amazing view from the CricViz box in the Bedser Stand

Having set a reasonable score, the Middlesex fielding then slogged through the humidity of the evening to choke Surrey’s batting chase for what was a very memorable win away.

Middlesex took the 37-run win against Surrey, finishing up 209/3 (Surrey couldn’t make the chase and finished 172/9)

Meanwhile, on what was set to be one of the hottest days in London, Patch and I headed to Lord’s for Day 2 of the England v Ireland Test.

The morning session was brutal. The sun didn’t let up once and it was 38°C before noon. Patch ended up abandoning his seat in Edrich Upper for an air-conditioned one in the media centre (as he had his ECB accreditation with him). That didn’t stop Ireland’s Tim Murtagh (who also plays for Middlesex) taking a few wickets though.

England fought back admirably, with the Adam Leach having a good knock (though not good enough to be picked for England for the first Ashes Test). The clould cover (and respite from the sun) came over in time for around tea time, however this followed a change in the weather and thunderstorms in the area(!), which eventually meant the match had to be abanoned!

The view from Edrich Upper Stand before the floodlights came on

For the home T20 game tonight against Surrey, we will be in the Grand Stand Upper. A bit more square of the wicket than I’m used to, but always good for a change! Hoping for a Middlesex win, obviously!