Ranjit Reminisces: Overs At The Oval
A cricket ground surrounded by a Victorian gosometer sounds very unattractive doesn’t it? Take a peak inside and this ground is home to many fruitful memories, not least the Ashes series in 2005 against Australia. On that occasion England cricket captain Michael Vaughan lifted the little urn in a pool of champagne (or as he described it ‘shampoo’) on the one and only occasion cricket has been at the forefront of English sports followers.
In June 2013 at a ICC Champions Trophy match between West Indies and India, I found myself sat next to some vociferous fans from the Caribbean. They had three R’s rolling off their tongues, rum, roti and runs. Indeed these were in plentiful supply over the course of the match. Cricket crowds can often depict the world’s biggest picnic!
The small boundaries at the Oval ensure that batsmen give spectators regular catching practice for free. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending how you look at it, your pint of beer might have a sea of red or white descend on it should the ball land inside. Great catch or ruined your drink?
Should you attend a Test match you are more than likely to get five days worth of play so for those of you in full time jobs, you could do full time cricket watching instead!
P.S – some Test matches at the Oval take place over a bank holiday weekend so your “Moanday” (Monday) could potentially have a different spin to it!
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