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For Foakes Sake

By Barmy Kev
June 3 2018

I’m leaving home 9:45 to ensure I catch the start of play.  I even factored in there is no Met Line service. I didn’t expect a 20 minutes queue to enter Lord’s (not county) Cricket Ground, while certain people well dressed were fast tracked through this queuing process.  Throughout the day I heard from five people of their accounts of VIP priority entry for MCC members, while in comparison our loyal members were treated as cattle class.  Something similar happened on not such a busy day for our AGM. This is very annoying but I guess we have to put up with. 
I’m here for the cricket not to moan about the obvious regarding our status at our “home” ground.  I missed Gubbo out for a duck. Eski 6 off Morkel but soon after Rickety had him caught behind we are 50-2 from 8 overs.  Moggie was struggling to get the ball away and just when he seemed to getting his eye in was caught behind. We knew Cartwright wouldn’t last long.  Simmo and Stirlo consolidate and my walk round to Warner cost a wicket. There was a minor acceleration then Stirlo spectacularly caught. When Franco followed out 200 looked unlikely. Sowter and Helm provided a late cameo. We scrambled our way to 234 having exactly batted our full 50 overs. 

During interval, for those wondering about Compo He was in Coronation Gardens signing his testimonial brochure. I was tempted to turn up showing him our fixture list 1st and 2nd XI. 

I was happy to spend the Surrey reply with the Diamond family and shared many toasts to our missed friend. 

We have early wicket of Roy achieving 4 more than Gubbins. When recovery looked on this wicket is one for Diamond. His daughter Ellie was ordered to the toilet. Beefy needed a pint. I said Stoneman should imagine he is playing for England. He was at this time comically run out, it’s 38-2. When Jacks out at 44-3 Diamond Corner had a rendition of the Seasons in the Sun song. We are up on the Vera by 30 runs. From a cricket perspective this is as good as it gets. 

Foakes and Burns are building a good stand. Ravi spilled a difficult chance that could have turned game. Burns out bowled trying a Gareth Bale overhead shot. But by then the game is slipping away from us. 

All we can do from our area was inappropriately swear about our inevitable defeat and treatment as tenants.  While this happened Diamonds daughter Eliie offered perspective on the value of life. while still talking total bollocks, as her dad, bless, would. Foakes was out for 86,by then game was lost. We did indeed lose by 5 wickets.  

Under the circumstances, the forum was not an option for us. At the Tavern we raised another glass to Diamond, 

With all things considered the title of match report most appropriate.   

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For Foakes Sake
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
03/06/2018 22:40
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:06:07:06:39:30 by BarmierKev.

Re: For Foakes Sake
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
03/06/2018 23:03
Well done Kev,reported perfectly for us.
It does worry me about this fast tracking for MCC members,I heard the same from 3 people about the same.....
Also,like to add the Middlesex Room was an utter disgrace today.No real ale,clueless staff as well.One staff member asking what a take out cup was,training?what training? Warner Stand...a queue of 9+ with one member of staff no idea how to pour a pint.
Email and direct Twitter message have been sent to Lord's,but,I don't hold my breath for reply.
Mid-afternoon,and another visit to our room,to find it like a bomb site,every table full of empty glasses and cutlery,rubbish on the floor and bar staff more interested in making displays looking good...oh dear,oh dear,is this what we are having to see these days?
Not a good display on the field,but,we did have a good Diamond celebration,I'm sure he was watching down on us all.
Another one-day season finished,can't see us coming through from last game..oh well,next season

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:06:03:23:10:00 by BeefyRoberts.

Re: For Foakes Sake
03/06/2018 23:11
Amidst the chaos of trying to get in 20 mins before the start I had to laugh when I saw Mike Gatting and guest struggling to get in without a ticket!!

Re: For Foakes Sake
PaulR_enfield (IP Logged)
03/06/2018 23:26
Sounds like I was lucky as I only queued for about 5 minutes but if MCC members are being fast tracked in then our club need to take the matter up.

Imagine what next Saturday could be like given good weather.

Re: For Foakes Sake
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
04/06/2018 18:35
Apart from Stirling, we were left to depend on our bowlers to score some runs.

We defended our total for longer than I expected but it was not quite enough. Surrey's blend of youth and experience seemed to work effectively. Foakes and Pope look like two exciting young batsmen. Perhaps our Scott brothers will emerge in a similar vein to the late Kevin Curran's remarkable sons.

Re: For Foakes Sake
Lifer (IP Logged)
05/06/2018 08:19
What seems to have happened is that the separate MCC members gate at the North end was open as it often is for T20.

This is not really fast tracking. They do own the ground....

However they clearly did not have enough staff, beer or food. The complaints about the Middlesex room are not good

Re: For Foakes Sake
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
05/06/2018 10:25
Yeah but this is a home game for Middlesex County Cricket Club and it would be nice to have tha5 feeling on entering ground.

Re: For Foakes Sake
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
05/06/2018 11:21
Yes, we should all treat this match as a home fixture. It is also worth noting that there is a relatively high number of MCC members who have county allegiances. These also include our own beloved club.

Re: For Foakes Sake
Westrock (IP Logged)
05/06/2018 11:52
I understand that they are our landlord and we are tenants but you would expect at a Middlesex home match that Middlesex members would not be made to stand in s 20 minute queue whilst MCC members walk straight to the front. All I got from man on gate was sorry about that!

Re: For Foakes Sake
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
06/06/2018 10:20
Yes, we should all treat this match as a home fixture. It is also worth noting that there is a relatively high number of MCC members who have county allegiances. These also include our own beloved club.

Less than a thousand for MX which is about 5% of their membership. One bloke who is a joint member, refuses to do out grounds. Not much cricket ahead there for this gent come 2019 and for the foreseeable.

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