Middlesex till we die
We Ain't Going to Stanford it. Part 5 of 6
By Beefy Roberts
February 3 2019


Hopeful England fans

MTWD Admin feel this is an appropriate time to put up Part 5 of Beefy's recollection of the infamouus MTWD /England Stanford tour in Antigua. An abject England performance and a silly chant involving Kev. 10 years on some things never change.    

This is the richest game ever in cricket. Worth $20m to the winners with losers sent packing with nothing.  

Absolute mayhem on journey. to the groundthat is packed to the rafters. Press everywhere massive interest for this game.   I was lucky  to be given two free tickets for the player’s area with free food and drink.  One for me with the other worth a fortune for me to sell on to a tout.  I chose to give it for free to the barman who looked after us so well during my stay. 

England won the toss and decided to bat. To be polite we were dreadful. We managed 99 all out with 6 batsmen clean bowled.  Samit Patel top scored with 22.The bowling was Sammy 4-0-13-2,Taylor 4-0-25-2,Powell 4-0-18-0, Benn  3.5-0-16-3, Pollard 4-0-26-2.

When Stanford side came into bat they didn’t hang around and took only 58 minutes to reach their target reaching 101-0 off 12.4 overs. Gayle 65 no and Fletcher 32. This team suddenly became incredibly rich.

 

Part 2 of the day started earlier than expected thanks to England.   Nov 1st is Antigua Independence Day. A party was organised and being held on the Recreation Ground the home of many famous matches in the past. A stage was erected at one end, live music and dancing yes dancing on the same square where Lara achieved his world record of 401 no, I kept boring everyone by keeping on  saying “'I sat in that stand and saw Lara get his record'”. We were virtually the only English there, the compere mentioned the cricket to our loud boos! The locals loved us joining in with their celebrations, which went into the early hours. As we walked to the taxi to pick up we walked passed the big Antiguan prison behind the main stand.  Me and Kev just couldn’t resist a chant at the prison '”We can see you sneaking out'” and there was suddenly extra flash lights in this area( you had to be there).

We were back at the Jolly Beach, to join the England and Middlesex team who were drowning their sorrows. For legal reasons I will stop this part of my report here.