A closer look – Lord’s September 12, 2021

After the angst and disappointment for everyone following the cancellation/postponement/forfeiture (delete as appropriate) of the last test in Manchester, a little light relief today with Middlesex playing Worcestershire at Lord’s in Division Three.

So with 18 wickets falling in one day for 270+ runs, you’d think there’s a lot to write about but no! This blog is more picture centred as this could be my last visit of the season to Lord’s

Suffice to say when it comes to the match – it’s clear why each side is in Division Three; the early September start and the ball swinging round corners, plus variable bounce, lack of footwork and application all contributed to the situation.

But I would say the bowling by Murtagh and Bamber in particular was something to behold! These two were almost unplayable. Not a sight you see every day!

So, let’s take a look at a few more obscure sights of Lord’s – enhanced or not (you decide) with a few photographic ‘tricks’.

Let’s start with one of the best views in world cricket
Sunshine and warmth to start the day
Bamber in full flight
Murtagh with the most stretchable flannels known to man!
Roderick managed to avoid this one!
Fish eye view of the new Edrich stand
Surprising how the slips can look with the odd trick shot
Wouldn’t look to fly in this plane!🤣
But finally bad light caught up with proceedings

An angel in Chelmsford

At the County Ground, Gloucestershire needed more than an angel or other supplication to overcome a rampant Essex side who won by an innings and 3 runs in just over two days play. On each day, and even today’s morning session, the over rate was exemplary – only extending play by 20 mins across the two days and each day’s quota being more than a Test match day. But I’ll leave my thoughts on over rates to another time.

Every knife from off the streets and blunted to make this statue

With extra spare time, I decided to take a look at the Knife Angel sculpture which is touring the UK and is currently being hosted by Chelmsford. The following photos say more than I can except that over 100,000 knives from 43 constabularies were taken off the streets and made into this statue.

The light plays magnificently across the statue showing that there is always light and violence never solved anything.

Would recommend all of my Essex readers to come and take a look.

And the peace of downtown Chelmsford