For my 50th post, it’s back to the cricket.
Bit of a day for the purist this one, or the Leicestershire partisan.
At the beginning of the day Leicestershire were 181-2 in their second innings, 17 ahead of Surrey. Our two Kolpaks, Ackerman and Dipenaar then batted on through til the late afternoon, both making big hundreds. Standing ovation for Dippenaar in particular, as it was his first hundred since being signed last year.
This put the game well out of Surrey’s reach, so at 5.00 the captains shook hands and agreed that no result was possible, so we all went home. Is there any other game where that is a possible conclusion? Chess, I suppose.
Conceivably, if the pitch was disintegrating and Leicestershire had a demon spinner and no points were awarded for a draw, they might have made a sporting declaration – but none of things applied, and I don’t think anyone was too disappointed by the outcome.
Chris Jordan played, and looked slightly less impressive than he had when playing for the seconds a few weeks back – perhaps just a better quality of batsman against him, though he looks to have developed a slight stutter at the end of his run up.
Surrey 12th man looked about 14, as though someone had allowed their son to have a go. (I don’t mean Andre Nel, who also did a bit of fielding – he doesn’t look 14 at all).
Watching Ackerman always reminds me of watching his father batting for Northants when I first started watching cricket in the sixties – wonder who the first player will be whose grandfather I saw play? Does Chris Cowdrey have a son?