Rain Stops Play


It is supposedly the cricket season, but with the unpredictable British weather, it is pretty much always the off season for summer sports.

This was taken on Friday June 12th 2015 – the 2nd One Day International between England and New Zealand at the Kia Oval. A close game won by the Black Caps, and interrupted by what could have been a match swinging lightning storm. Here play is about to resume and the covers are coming off.

It is against the law (probably) to go the Oval and not take a picture of the gasworks:


More cricketing snaps here from last season.


The Snap of Leather on Willow

Summer means the cricket season, and although my body can no longer stand up to the rigours of playing I do still love to watch the game. On Thursday I was lucky enough to watch a NatWest T20 Blast game from the pavilion at Lord’s – the home of cricket. Both Middlesex and Surrey brought big international or ex international names to the fray, and the game went down to the last ball.

Eoin Morgan being bowled off a nick (grateful to good fortune that I got the bails flying up)


Eoin Morgan

Azhar Mahmood bowling (very tidily as it happened)


Azhar Mahmood

Tillakaratne Dilshan who didn’t trouble the scorers with his batting, but also bowled a tidy spell

Tillekeratne Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan

I also caught the moment he nicked the ball behind:v2-9699

KP was there too, and with Alistair Cook’s woes who knows what KPs international future may be; here being bowled to by another ex International player – Stephen Finn


Australian Dan Christian is Middlesex’s overseas player this year:




Of course the star of the show was Lord’s itself: