A visit to Lord’s

By skepticlawyer

imgp0896As part of my college’s 500th anniversary celebrations, sundry sporty types (fellows, students and alums) got together at Lord’s this week to celebrate. In matters cricketing, Colin Cowdrey is Brasenose’s most notable graduate, although there have been others who starred at county level, or as administrators. I’d never been to Lord’s before — not even as a spectator. The only English grounds where I’ve darkened the door are Old Trafford and the Oval. Suffice to say that Lord’s is very beautiful, and I’m irritated that a set of inexplicable regulations prevented me from taking more pictures in the Long Room. That said, the players’ dressing rooms are surprisingly poky. Stick a dozen large chaps — plus coaches and managers — in there and things could be unpleasantly friendly. 

Anyway, I took a few pictures — including the inside of Norman Foster’s rather fancy media centre. It looks very space-age from the outside, and the view from inside is spectacular, although it doesn’t fit in 100% with the rest of the ground, either. There’s a public facebook link to the pics here; the graphic with this post features the inside of the media centre. From a personal perspective, it was good to see the Nursery Ground (next to the main ground, and also very nice), because — barring catastrophe — it’s where I’ll be playing on July 4 when representing Oxford in the Ladies’ Varsity match. The lads play at the main ground on the same day. The whole exercise looks like being very enjoyable (although if I finish up with figures of 0/60 from 10 overs I may have cause to revise that opinion).

4 Comments

  1. Posted March 22, 2009 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    And in other cricket news, I note that Australia is suffering from a serious dose of dead-rubber-itis.

  2. Posted March 23, 2009 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    So the boys get the “real” ground, and the girls get the Nursery? Sexist b*ll*cks.

  3. Posted March 23, 2009 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I don’t object to that, DEM. It’s only in recent years that women’s cricket has been of a standard that approximates that in the men’s game. I watched a highlights package from the Women’s World Cup today and the only real difference seems to be that it’s difficult to find women who can bowl faster than 75 mp/h (120km/h).

    Modern bats mean that plenty of women can hit the ball very hard — including some massive sixes. One women hit a fabulous straight six at the MCG — no short boundary issues there. The spinners also had plenty of guile and use their shoulder and wrist flexibility to extract good turn and bounce. All this is new, however — in days gone by there was a huge gulf in standards, and people couldn’t be expected to sacrifice watching the superior standards in the men’s game out of a misplaced sense of fairness.

    There are a few women who are quick enough to be irritating; I know I’ve managed to produce some slippery deliveries in the nets, but that said there’s a fair bit of bloody effort involved. Quick bowling (with rare exceptions) favours tall people — and there are a queue of other sports lining up to recruit tall girls, simply because there are fewer of us. With any sort of luck (with the profile of the Women’s World Cup) some of those tall girls may be attracted to cricket (rather than rowing, tennis or soccer, say). Only time will tell.

  4. gilmae
    Posted March 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    You may have already enjoyed this one: http://www.wisdencricketer.com/blog/?p=505

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