I’m afraid that circumstances have conspired to prevent me bringing you a full account of Leicestershire’s defeat on Sunday against Warwickshire in the 40 over league. But I think this is an accurate graphic illustration of where the Foxes’ hopes lie at the half-way stage in the competition.
A row of shops opposite the entrance to Moorgate Station being demolished in connection with the Crossrail project (the white building in the background is part of London Metropolitan University). Two or three doors away is the site of the inn where John Keats grew up (and may have been born) – now another, later, pub.
Keats wrote of a quarrel in the street that it was “a thing to be hated, but the energies displayed in it are fine” – which, I think, applies rather to this demolition (close- to it is an extraordinary sight and sound). Also, I suppose, Leicestershire’s record in the CB40.
And Warwickshire’s hopes? More like this – the soaring – if unfinished – riverside Shard (snapped from a train window as I was on my way to some high-level talks in Bromley).