Lancashire v Durham at Liverpool, County Championship Division One (Day 1)

Now, it is Monday.   These are the dark times. The times when I mistakenly call the West Indies “West India.”   The times when entire paragraphs are somehow missing a single verb.

I am also writing this with a fancy pair of bruised ribs.

In other words, you have been warned: this blog is going to suck.

Speaking of sucking:  I was able to watch England’s collapse against Sri Lanka in the only t20 of the series.   Other than a fine 3rd wicket stand by Morgen and Pieterson, England were very dismal down in Bristol.  Sri Lanka on the other hand were more than up for the match – shouting and talking and excited in the field.  It was quite the contrast.

Via Willow (dot) TV, I was able to watch the first 10 or so overs of the Sri Lankan innings.  Initially, I was disappointed that I was not able to watch more, but it sounds like I did not miss much.

Also, on Sunday morning, I was able to watch Somerset v Glamorgan in another t20.  Not the most thrilling match ever.  In fact, the only thing that really stuck out at me was Mark Cosgrove’s, um, substantial girth.  I am not saying that he cannot play, I know he has had a fine one day career so far, but it is so terribly odd in today’s athletic culture to see an over-weight person perform at such a high level (NFL defensive linemen and Prince Fielder notwithstanding).  But hey, if it works, it works.

In other county cricket news, a big day for Gloucestershire (wow, that was hard to spell) over at Uxbridge County Cricket Club, as both Kevin O’brien and Hamish Miller put up tons in the same t20 innings; and a record setting day at Chelmsford for Essex, as Wheater and Foster’s sixth wicket stand went for 267, besting the previous record partnership for County Cricket.  They each spent over three hours at the crease – I cannot imagine that level of mental and physical exhaustion.  I bet Mark Cosgrove couldn’t do that…

Finally, at the ICC summit in Hong Kong: DRS is now required for tests and ODIs, and the associate nations were given a 2015 world cup lifeline.  Both decisions, while expected, will be quite good for the game. Are you listening, FIFA?

Until tomorrow.

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