Thursday, 8 May 2014

Old Trafford – Lancashire CCC


6th May 2014 

Lancashire v Sussex


With a day to kill in Manchester prior to United’s evening match with Hull City, I decided to drop in on the “other” Old Trafford: the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.  It did feel a bit odd dipping into the third day of a four day match; rather like pitching up at half-time at a football game, then disappearing again on 67 minutes.  But I didn’t find this detracted too much from what was an engrossing day’s sport.

OK had the weather not been so kind, it would not have been quite so pleasureable, but for six hours I sat on (a number of) surprisingly comfortable seats, grazed my way through chicken pieces, orange juice and a Mars bar, and generally enjoyed a relaxing time of it in the company of a few hundred other equally chilled souls.

(A far cry from the United game that evening, where I got into an expletive-filled shouting match with the clown in front of me who refused to sit down.)

Old Trafford - Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Old Trafford - Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Lancashire v Sussex - May 2014

Sussex bowler Ashar Zaidi

Chris Nash hitting his only four during the Sussex second innings.

The Point conference centre - not sure I liked this thing.

Old Trafford - Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Old Trafford - Lancashire County Cricket Club.



Anyway – back to civilisation.  The Day Three play had commenced with Lancashire on 157-6 and toiling to get anywhere near Sussex’s first inning score of 298.  The run rate was painfully low during the first hour, with the hosts only managing to add one more run during the opening four overs.  Alex Davies nevertheless enjoyed a fun time at the crease achieving, so we were informed, his maiden half-century by the early afternoon, before being caught by Ashar Zaidi. 

As Davies trudged off, I briefly got a little excited to learn the next man in was a famous name I recognised.  But I swiftly realised this was actually one Glen Chapple and not Greg Chappell (who I imagine must be well into his sixties now).  Silly boy, Ian.

Lancashire muddled on but failed the make their innings last until lunch, and were all out for 191, Sussex subsequently declaring their second innings on 216-5.


Throughout the afternoon I was fascinated by the duel between Lancs. spin bowler Stephen Croft and Sussex’s Michael Yardy, and was really rather delighted to catch the latter’s dismissal on my camera.  I think I will rarely again be so fortunate with my snapping.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.

Paul Horton catches Michael Yardy off Steven Croft's bowling.



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