It was sad to learn, a couple of weeks ago at the Blogging Ashes (for reports see Cricket With Balls, Line and Length and the Village Cricketer) that a fine body of men who have been going to Edgbaston for nigh on 20 years – or maybe even longer – have come up empty-handed when it comes to this year’s Ashes.
Because Warwickshire’s mandarins decided that nobody could buy more than two tickets each for the third Test, the loyal customers from Elstow Cricket Club, in Bedfordshire, have been denied their annual day out.
However, they have not taken it lying down and instead of situating themselves in bands of two around the arena, they have decided to have their own Ashes instead. They will be taking on a select Australian XI, now, I understand, to be captained by J-Rod, over the weekend of July 25 and 26 (when there is no competing Ashes cricket taking place) and are promising two days of food, drink, entertainment, sun and, perhaps most importantly, cricket.
So if you find yourself in that neck of the woods and want to indulge in a bit of Ashes banter, barrack J-Rod about his attempted Reverse Sweeps and see if he really is the worst Australian captain ever, as he claimed after his defeat at the England bloggers’ hands, why not pop in. Admission is free, I understand, but you may have to pay for your drinks.
You might, if you’re one of those people who gets up in time for it, recognise some of the faces because they’ve apparently already featured on Cricket AM.