It’s been a while, my apologies, but I went back to the Ageas Bowl this weekend for a game of the brand new Women’s Super League between the Southern Vipers and the Surrey Stars. Excellent game, wonderful weather and an impressive crowd of 2,200 people. Enjoy!
In my infinite wisdom I decided it would be a good idea to get up at the crack of dawn and drive to Southampton to watch the final day of Hampshire v Middlesex. It wasn’t a totally stupid idea, Middlesex had a good day in the middle yesterday with a century from Malan and a win looked feasible. A draw was what beckoned however, but it was a lovely hot day. The first day so far this season where I haven’t frozen over…
First visit of the season to south of the river, to once again get absolutely frozen solid watching cricket. April, huh?
Back to Lord’s for what turned out to be a drawn match, but with some record breaking knocks from each side. Sam Robson scored another century and now has the most runs in one first class match by a Middlesex player. Adam Voges also made a neat 92 runs before being caught off the bowling of Tim Ambrose. That’s the Warwickshire wicket keeper. Each one of the Warwickshire XI bowled in Middlesex’s second innings. It got real weird.
It’s the new season! Back at Lord’s for the first home game of the season, Warwickshire and the new toss rules. Warwickshire decided to bowl first and sent Middlesex in, and there they remained all day. A magnificent century from Sam Robson and a 180 run partnership between him and Nick Gubbins got Middlesex off to the perfect start. Will probably be returning on Day 4. Wonderful day. I’m glad to be back.
Ok. This hasn’t been updated in a while. Let me explain.
I’m really sorry this hasn’t been updated in so long. Its the end of the season now and I’ve now had time to sit back and realise how busy life has been since the last photo update of the NZ ODI in June. But its for a good reason, don’t worry!
The biggest news of this season, and part of the reason why I’ve been so busy, is that I’ve been working with the Lord’s Taverners a lot. I have a contact with them and I’ve been given the photographer role for several games and fundraising events they’ve done over the summer. Including far flung places like Wormsley, the Honorable Artillery Company Ground in London, Lord’s, all over the place. The Lord’s Taverners are a brilliant charity and if you don’t know who they are, check out their website and Facebook page. You’ll find some of my snaps on there too!
As a result, I haven’t been to see much county cricket in the latter half of the season, and when I have it’s been great to sit back and relax and just enjoy a day out watching cricket and not necessarily photograph the game for my own records. So…..sorry!
However, in amongst all that, I did have a very enjoyable few days in Canterbury watching the England Women play Australia. It was another ground to tick off the list and a really lovely break from the normal to go see some friends and have a great few days to myself. It was much needed, even if it meant catching a very very early train on a wet Tuesday morning! I took lots of photos of both the cricket and my morning in Canterbury Cathedral, and I will get those uploaded soon.
I also spent a day at Merchant Taylors watching the Middlesex Women in a t20 double header with Surrey and Berkshire, which again was a great day because I don’t get to see the Middlesex Ladies very often. Also to, again, see people and spend an enjoyable few hours watching cricket in the sun. Photos, as always, to follow when I get round to it.
I think that’s it for the moment, I’m sure I’ve forgotten something else from the past few months. I want to get the video diary idea back up and running but I’ve felt with the Taverners gigs I’ve been asked to do, it wasn’t appropriate to walk around with a camera pointing at my face talking to it rather than what I was asked to do. I’m going to try and post a bit more on here over the winter, rather than just leave it until the start of the next season.
Thank you all for your continued support and kind words about this blog and the photographs, it really means a lot!
Spent an absolutely delightful weekend down in Southampton with a few friends, the main show of which was a trip to the Ageas Bowl for the 3rd ODI between England and New Zealand.
Another Taverners game this time, and the first visit to Wormsley of the season. In the sunshine its always a lovely place to be. Enjoy!
With beautiful weather and an interesting match poised on the final day, I decided to head down to Lord’s again for the Middlesex v Warwickshire four day game. Gorgeous sunshine, however a strong breeze proved it necessary to wear two hoodies to stay warm. It’s June, who’d have thunk it?
Back to Lord’s! Twenty20 action on a warm summers evening, and what made it even better was a Middlesex victory. Enjoy!