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Big Mac served with scoop of Pickle

Where's the Pagoda

By Barmy Kev
July 20 2017

Barmy Kev reports on a shaky Middlesex win and the surrounding atmosphere that was primarily not facing the cricket.  

The day started with me and Beefy meeting at the Railway Tavern putting the world to rights. We  agreed to equal pay for our MTWD female reporters as we head off for Richmond. On arrival we were most disappointed the Pagoda backdrop was in wrapping paper ( see headline picture).

 We met up with the Yorkshire one. He explained he arrived at the ground 4pm had a clear view of wicket and soon as match started 5 chaps each with beer in hand blocked his view. None of them were prepared to move or accept my offer of help with this match report. 

So failing that here's my take on the day.  Having been put in weput on 92 for our first wicket after 10 overs. Mala's preparation for a 5 day test match, his first of 3 20/20s in 4 days, is out for 33. Stirlo added a quick fire 14 and Eoin 28 for some more acceleration as he was walking back to pav some idiot flashed his score card and asked for his autograph.  Higgo promoted didn't add many.   We are still on for a 200+ plus score . On 88 McCullum played what I  would describe as an ice cream cone scoop shoot bowled out for 88, when well set for a ton. This was shortly followed by a  Coles hat trick that seemed unacknowleged by majority of 4,000 +crowd  Our total 179 score looked too short.  The 5 that blocked most of our views grew to ten juggling their drinks with their very young offspring not having witnessed one ball of whole of our whole innings.

 Only here for rthe cricket??

Kent reply, the first  over cost a single. 2nd over from Hi Fi a dropped catch followed by 2 wickets successive balls not quite another unnoticed hat trick. It's 2-2 in second over this looks good for us The same suspects of even more growing group in  front even more oblivious by the situation  

 Kent accelerate and there is an expensive Helm over with 3 successive wides.   Even after dangerous Billings out with run rate required  slightly more than 10. This not a formality matches can be won from here. Blake was out for 20 more than 7, which gave us momerntum. 

Then hatrick man Coles carelessly run out.A few dots followed and Kent can't get ball off of ground. The guy in front wearing a creased pink shirt who I'm sure never saw a ball for the whole game decided to start a "Middle" chant and I felt obliged to join in. I started one or two myself as our seamers were economical and match was ours.

It ended up an easy at the end 16 run win for us. There was a feeling of uneasiness amongst those in the know that this result paved over our cracks in this form. Personally speaking bring on proper cricket with fans who actually watch most of the game 


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Big Mac served with scoop of Pickle
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
20/07/2017 23:44
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:07:26:18:21:18 by BarmierKev.

Re: Big Mac served with scoop of Pickle
rogersbean (IP Logged)
21/07/2017 11:22
my first posting and i agree with kev's report. i would like to point out the rip-off prices at the ground. a pint of undrinkable brains bitter £4.50 a burger for £6 a slice(more like a sliver) of cake for £3 and small cans of beer for £4 each.if richmond want to continue fleecing punters like this they are welcome to the non-watching crowds!by the way congrats to mr mccallum for a very fine knock but i wont be attending any further games at the ground.

Re: Big Mac served with scoop of Pickle
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
21/07/2017 12:04
Spot on Kev.
I think our location,hardly anyone noticed Coles getting his hat trick.
A huge crowd of over 4000 from what I read elsewhere,good weather helped.
Saw how hard Fletch and Co worked through the whole evening,credit to those guys.
Still a question mark as to why Big Mac played that shot when so close to his ton though.

A win though,much needed and played well

Re: Big Mac served with scoop of Pickle
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
22/07/2017 10:09
That we probably finished 20 runs short was down to James Tredwell. Two of his overs went for a miserly 2 runs apiece which put the brake on our progress.

We, never managed any cheap overs until the end.

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