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At New Road our Championship match against Worcestershire was played until 19.53.  There was a late start due to rain, there were intervals in play due to rain.  But at a quarter to eight the seamers were still bowling.  Competitive red ball cricket into the evening is possible even in Mid May.

We are in a temperate country, our summer days are long, we could play championship matches into the summer evenings, we would not even have to resort to a pink ball.

There are evening T20’s and evening one day matches.  We play those in the evening so more people can attend.

So tell me again… just why are there no evening Championship matches in June and July?

An emotional day in a lot of ways.  Not only was Graham Onions back on the competitive field for the first time in 14 months.  He took 5 for 53, nice, as he seems to have come back where he left off; taking plenty of wickets.

But it also saw our whole attack looking like the attack of old, the attack of Championship winning form.  Demolishing Yorkshire for 149 in 60 overs.  After us not getting any bowling points in this fixture this time last year it was just the best to see the attack back to how we know it can be.  I wish had been there.

Well my wheels came off when I couldn’t find my camera battery recharger for most of the start of the season…but Thorpy kind of sums up our season so far.  Battered and looking a bit sorry for himself.

Callum is exhibiting a mere flesh wound, picked up in a clash of heads with Plunkett during warmup footie, good enough for a trip to hospital to have stitches, but in the scheme of things, a scratch.

People wonder why we are playing so differently to the team that was so dominant last year.  It’s simple really – we are not that team.  We have got through the last couple of seasons with a stable squad of relatively few players.  You cannot take players out of a line up and expect business as usual.  Injuries to most of our key players have forced substantial changes to the first team, and a loss of form has plagued one or two who have remained fit.

We have had a summer gap in the Championship schedule.  Any other year and I would be bemoaning this bitterly.  This year we badly need the time out in the hopes that some of our key players can rehabilitate to full playing fitness.

We have a Championship match starting tomorrow.   We will see which of or 14 injured players make it back to the pitch.  We’ll see what the walking, non wounded make of the Bears.  As for the battery recharger, well at least I have found that!

It is never too cold at the Riverside to indulge in a blue ice lolly, what better way to watch Thorpy running in?

So not the most timely post ever.  Updating a blog and watching cricket are mutually exclusive, well they are for me anyway.   So I have been doing the watching the cricket.  The outcome of that will filter out slowly as and when.  There has been quite a lot of outcome from our first matches….

And the season is well under way when the ice cream van turns up – this is the rather plain one, [there is more than one].  Now this is a decent selection of ice lollies…

Day 3 of the pink ball match and Durham’s ‘Mr Invisible’ Callum Thorp gets his highest first class run score of 79 not out*, and that with a triceps niggle too – what a hero!

*In that link there is also a short interview where he talks about the pink ball and the match.

Benks has done this one in style.  Here is a picture of Dale having scored 181, so he can bat!  Hit wickets are a very silly way to get out.   Unfortunately they are just not common enough.  Dale contrived to destroy his stumps by somehow managing to throw his bat at them.  I wish I’d seen it, it was reported as being hilarious.  He was doing well up until that point in the run chase in the Warriors v Dolphins, MTN40 final.  His team the Dolphins lost.

Of course this is also an excuse to put up a picture of Thorpy.  Here he makes a right pigs ear of negotiating a Mohammad Sami bouncer – just before he was out hit wicket.