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I still don't like cricket

I had a very poor night sleep and was still feeling tired in the morning. After a bland and unexciting breakfast I left the others talking about sport and headed out for a walk by myself. It was damp and overcast, and after wandering around the Lowry mall for a while I went to the nearby Metro station and took a tram into Manchester.

It was pouring down in Manchester and after looking unsuccessfully in a couple of camera shops for a 16mm lens for my Sony NEX-7 and then finding my "local" pub was closed I decided to head back on the tram and see what was happening regarding the cricket.

The start of cricket was delayed delayed due to the rain so we wandered off for more beer in Lime bar. When we eventually heard that that match was due to start at 17:30 we had a rather fast and frantic walk to Old Trafford to watch what was left of the shortened cricket match.

More beer was consumed and it appeared that some of the crowd had been there since the original start time drinking beer because, rather surprisingly, a fight broke out near where we were sitting. I hadn't expected fisticuffs at a cricket match and neither, it appeared, had the police or ground staff. After a while a couple of female spectators went to get security and the police to break up the fighting. One of the main protagonists had already scarpered by the time the police arrived so they were limited to taking statements and then remaining in our section in case anything kicked off again.

After the cricket, which England won quite easily, we headed back to the hotel for some late night pizza as we were all quite hungry having seemingly forgotten to eat anything since breakfast.



I was heading off to Manchester today with a couple of good mates, and three others that I didn't really know, to watch the last game in the England v Australia test match. I'd seen a one day international cricket match last year at the same venue and although cricket wasn't a sport I followed, or really had any interest in, it was a good excuse to get away for a couple of days and drink some beer

A long-winded taxi pick up schedule eventually saw all of us at the airport and through security surprising fuss free and we were soon on our way to Manchester and our Holiday Inn Express hotel at Salford Quays.

I immediately changed from the first room allocated to me as it smelled of cigarette smoke and there was a cigarette lighter and ash left on the window sill behind the curtain. It looked like housekeeping wasn't doing a very good job and I didn't want to be landed with a room cleaning bill for the smoke smell.

We then went to our favourite haunt in Salford Quays, the Lime Bar, where we had beer, lunch and more beer before finishing off with a meal at the nearby Chinese restaurant and making our way back to the hotel for the night.


England v Sri Lanka

We were up fairly early this morning for breakfast and then a taxi to Old Trafford for cricket England v Sri Lanka. We walked around a bit, getting the layout of the venue and I bought match radio and free programme. As we'd booked seats after Brian and Iain had we were sitting in a separate section and as we'd never been to a cricket match before we didn't really understand how it all worked but I was able to follow along a bit on the radio.

At the break we went for food but I really needed a piss first so Brian and I headed off to find toilets. With most people in the ground also having the same idea and there not being a lot of toilets this took the whole of the break and some more.

The match had restarted by the time we'd got back but we did manage to squeeze in a burger and chips. None of up really felt like drinking much except Iain, who had been downing the pints all match with seemingly no effect. We'd managed to swap seats so the four of us were now sitting together and Barry and I could follow what was going on by now. I did miss the groups of people dressed as Baywatch, The Blues Brothers and various super heroes where we had been previously sitting though.

The match was over fairly quickly at the end with the remaining Sri Lankans being out in fairly quick order.

We decided to walk back to the hotel which meant passing the Old Trafford football ground, home of Manchester United and their recent 19th Premier League championship win. Iain found this a bit hard to bear, being an ABU (Anyone But United) and I had great pleasure taking his photo with the big 19 banner in the background and the club sign as he walked past trying to hide his face and look away.

The evening ended much like the previous night, with beer at Lime but a Chinese meal instead of the Italian of last night.


I don't like cricket...

I don't like cricket...

No, seriously, I don't like cricket.

However, during one of our Friday afternoon starts in a pub when Brian had declared he had arranged to see England versus Sri Lanka and Old Trafford, Barry and I had decided that we should go along with him.

Brian's brother in law, a member of the Barmy Army, was also going so the three of us took a taxi to the airport where we met up with Barry and had a pint before boarding the plane for the short hop over the Irish Sea to Manchester.

We took a taxi to the Holiday Inn Express at Salford Quays where we were staying for the next two nights and then headed to Lime for beer and meal followed by more beer. We had our evening meal at the nearby Belle Italia, then back to Lime for more beer and eventually back to hotel for more beer.

I slept well that night