It Might As Well Rain Until September
Georgie Scott Superstar
By Rogers and Out
June 19 2019
Rain brought a premature end to the last day's play at a damp Cobden Hill resulting in another Championship draw for Middlesex.The players left the field at around 2.20 with the match eventually being abandoned at 4 o'clock. In truth, the game would have inevitably petered out into a draw without the rain as the only hope for a positive result would have required Middlesex to make Glamorgan follow on yesterday.
My recent cricket watching history has been pretty dire, with two days in Leicester where I did not get within a mile of Grace Road, although I did see the Mods & Rockers exhibition at the New Walk museum as well as the delights of Market Harborough in a monsoon.
Today was the only day I could make at Radlett and a late departure meant I completely missed the first session. We denied Glamorgan a third batting point with a Tom Helm bouncer held in the deep by Gubbo to dismiss Wagg on 48. Our lead was 122 with Glamorgan all out for 288.
We took lunch on 85/2, with Eskinazi and Robson the dismissed batsmen.
I arrived to hear joyful voices that appeared to sound more from the Veldt than the Valleys as Gubbo missed a reverse sweep and was leg before to Labuschagne for 38. He can console himself as I recall somebody else doing this here in a limited over match against Yorkshire and he recently went on to score a century's worth of sixes in a World Cup match.
Malan stroked a couple of boundaries but was undone by the impressive De Lange, who found the edge of our captain's bat and was taken behind by 'keeper Tom Cullen.
De Lange welcomed George Scott to the crease with a fierce bouncer and he did well to keep his composure, although he was fortunate with an inside edge to the boundary from a Lambuschagne delivery.
The rain was slowly increasing in intensity so it was no surprise when the players went off. We were 125/4 with Stirlo on 8 and Scott on 11.
I had a chat with a young lady who was responsible for the external catering behind the main scoreboard. She was worrying whether or not she should pack up for the day. For once, my advice was sound as I thought that would be it for the day. I wished her better luck for the T20 in August although she said that they did well on the Monday.
I did notice that the Cat & Fiddle was open on my way to the ground so I popped in on my way out. It was a bit like the Marie Celeste so I departed without having a drink.
Three and a half hours of travel for twenty five minutes of cricket is not a great return and I hope for better at Pembroke cricket club on Friday. Does it rain much in Ireland ?
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