All day it has rained, and we on a corner of a margin Sprawl in a press-tent, dejection utterly unconcealed, Laptops and notebooks widespread on tables turn And from a initial grey wanderings we have found No retreat from a skirmishing excellent sleet And a zephyr that creates a board swell and strap And a claustral fug that creates a journo’s rage snap.
Alun Lewis’s good poem deserves vastly some-more honour nonetheless a soaked Guildford encourages irreverence.
The consternation this day was that we ever suspicion of playing. The sleet that had ruled a continue given emergence ceased during around eleven o’clock nonetheless it returned within twenty mins and mocked a groundstaff’s efforts in stealing covers and hoisting use nets. The outfield was left to a starlings and they pecked greedily during a soppy earth.
Behind a pavilion clouds jostled for prevalence over The Mount and a North Downs. The sky incited that darker grey that roughly always presages complicated rain. The players lunched early, no doubt meaningful their depart for a day would also be brought forward. Surrey skipper Rory Burns lives circuitously and opted to guard events from home. We listened rumbles of thunder. To travel around a range was to entice a soaking.
There were, though, signs of frolicsome life in a liberality tents. Some people arrange to accommodate aged friends on days like these – Surrey v Yorkshire still carries a certain élan – and there was no reason whatever to desert those plans. The Surrey Dining Club prepared to feast and a southern bend of Yorkshire’s Supporters Club continued a companion work in darkest Woking.
This is usually Yorkshire’s third revisit to Guildford and they have mislaid a other two, in 1991 and 2002. Indeed, it contingency be one of a few drift in a nation where they have nonetheless to register a victory. Until, say, 1980, these counties exercised such a stranglehold on a County Championship that it would have been inconceivable to play this tie anywhere nonetheless The Oval, where a vast throng would watch one of a biggest games of a year; as large as a Test Match, some players said.
Those battles and many others will have kept a luncheon crowds happy as they eased their benefaction beating with a potion or dual of a good stuff. This is a 99th first-class compare during Woodbridge Road. The initial was played in Jul 1938 when Bob Gregory took 7 wickets with his leg-breaks to assistance Surrey better Hampshire by an innings. Hampshire have paid 16 serve visits to Guildford, a total rivalled usually by Sussex, who have played here 14 times.
Early afternoon. The sleet has abated to complicated drizzle. On a square, a already sopping groundstaff are weighing down a covers. A cherry and blue South Western Trains use rumbles opposite a railway overpass on a distant side of a ground. It is simply a many brightly phony intent anyone has seen all day.
Elsewhere in England, play was deserted for a day on some drift – both of a other Division One matches between Nottinghamshire and Hamphire and Kent and Somerset – among them. Important games are going to be wrecked over a subsequent 4 days. Peter Roebuck once described cricket in England as “a dry diversion in a soppy land.”
On a other hand, “the sun’ll come out tomorrow,” wrote a lyricist Martin Charnin. This week no one is betting even their greatest dollar on it.