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It looks grim upstairs and all. Given how long it’ll take to dry the outfield, it’s hard to see much going on in the afternoon sesh.

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As such, there’s been no 1.30pm pitch inspection, and I’m starting to worry about play this afternoon.

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Come on, it’s enough already.

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Let’s hope when we return at 1.10, we’re good to go.

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But they’re not putting on the big cover, at least not yet. Any port in a storm, I guess.

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Yup, of course they do.

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It seems unlikely we’ll get away without any stoppages today, but hopefully we’ll get all or most of our 90 overs.

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It’s dry and actually pretty sunny at the moment, but there was a load of rain overnight, so it’s not certain we’ll be able to start on time.

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It’s been a strange few weeks: two fun, interesting and talented teams, ostensibly well-matched – but only in the big picture, each having annihilated the other in less than three days. As such, we’ve had only half of the action for which we were hoping and are only getting three matches not four, so it feels like we’ve not really seen a series … but goodness gracious us, we’re set up for a helluva finish.

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Er, if the weather allows it. Today and tomorrow do not look great, at all – who could possibly have predicted inclemence in the second week of September? – but we should, hopefully, have scope for a proper set-to.

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Er, if the teams allow it. Both have suffered when batting in bowler-friendly conditions, partly because both have terrific attacks, and partly because both have unreliable top-orders. So the Summer of JonnyTM coming to an abrupt and unfortunate end is a problem for England, who’ve relied heavily on the ludicrous form of their cuddly ginger hedgehog, but as a consequence, Harry Brook now has the opportunity for which he’s been working his entire life; go well old mate.

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As for South Africa, they’ve even fewer reliable batters than England, but in Dean Elgar have a captain with a proven record of accumulation who, depending on how you look at it, is either struggling or due. A lot rests on him – and not just at the crease. At Lord’s, he called correctly and made the correct call; at Old Trafford he called correctly and made the incorrect call. This time, though, given the time of year, likely conditions and state of the teams, it seems extremely unlikely that either will want to take first knock, which is to say that this series, already a metaphorical toss-up, may be a literal one too.

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Play: 11am BST

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“My first and to date solely Take a look at cricket expertise was the 4e England v Pakistan sequence check in 2010 (sure, that check)”, mentioned Matt Solid. “I dawdled within the rain all day earlier than seeing 12.3 overs with England limping unconvincingly at 39-1. Had I been there on day two I’d have seen nearly 100 overs and a century Stuart Broad. Nicely Lords was fairly superb to see although.

I used to be on trip on the time, so I forwarded my tickets on your day trip to a good friend, having already lozzed the subsequent day a couple of hops off Gumtree. I felt responsible about it.

Referees out, brollies in place

He seems spooky upstairs and all. Given how lengthy it would take to dry out the outfield, it is exhausting to see a lot within the afternoon session.

“I too was on the primary wet day of the primary Irish Take a look at at Malahide, having crossed the island to get there, with my spouse and cricket-mad son,” Billy Mills emails. “We ate fairly properly, purchased some items and huddled beneath the accessible shelter earlier than giving up mid-afternoon. I used to be most actually there on the moist beginning of Irish Take a look at cricket, proudly.

“Nice rain delay dialog with Athers and Hussain desperately making an attempt to not chew the hand that feeds them,” says Ken Andrew, “when in actuality you understand they imply the Hundred is trash.

I did not learn it like that. I feel they know it is not for them they usually need to defend what’s, however they respect its position in taking the sport to new locations and producing income to maintain others operating sizes. Their concern, I feel, was that with all of the publicity and funding it will get, it naturally attracts an viewers, and Athers’ concern is that individuals will take a look at the numbers and soar to conclusions, fairly than trying figures and think about them within the context of the aforementioned publicity.

“I went to a Middlesex matchday in opposition to Glamorgan at HQ in April 2018, I feel it was,” says Josh Robinson. “The forecast was good: chance of some showers, however no extra. And actually, it hardly rained all day, only a temporary interval of the type of drizzle that did not even need
preserve you from taking the sphere, not to mention get you out of it. But it surely was a cool, barely damp April day and there wasn’t a lot wind, which meant the outfield could not get dry sufficient for play to start out. Worse nonetheless, as a result of I had bought my ticket on the door, I used to be not entitled to a refund.

And one other type of HQ distress: I went to the 2001 Ashes Take a look at Sunday. morning for 227. Australia then knocked out the 14 they wanted – for the lack of two wickets! – and we have been dwelling round lunchtime.

That 2003 England South Africa sequence we talked about earlier, Graeme Smith scored 714 factors in 5 video games; for context, England’s prime scorer was Marcus Trescothick with 487. If there have been an XI of gamers who had England punished essentially the most, Smith would most likely be captains, however who else could be in it? Guess XI is not sufficient – how do you select your pacemen when you might have a selection of Alderman, Lillee, Thompson, McGrath, Marshall, Ambrose, Wasim, Waqar and others?

“As an Eire fan (England’s second),” says Samuel Cardwell, “I used to be so excited once they introduced their first check match that I organized a solo journey to Dublin. I used to be fairly poor (or stingy) so I solely booked the primary day – driving to NI for see my household after the stumps So: a flight to Dublin the day earlier than, a really rushed go to, a keep in a really spooky hostel, a sophisticated sequence of trains to get to the suburb of Malahide – and an entire day of rain. Hours spent looking for shelter in a brief stadium. A chilly, moist prepare heading north. And might I even say ‘I used to be there’?”

Weren’t there additionally refresh points with that? Nonetheless, at the least your dad and mom needed to shake their heads at your conduct and the kid they raised, so it wasn’t all unhealthy.

Anybody have any tales of rain in cricket? I used to be there as soon as when there was no sport after lunch and we sat beneath the media heart so we did not get moist, they usually put the Cup last on the massive display. So we ate our picnic, drank all we had and headed dwelling. MGM has picked up the film rights to this terrific yarn.

We do, nonetheless, have cricket elsewhere. Holla at Champo!

It is nonetheless raining

As such, there was no pitch inspection at 1:30 p.m., and I am beginning to fear concerning the sport this afternoon.

A good workout for The Blotter.
An excellent exercise for The Blotter. Pictures: Andrew Boyers/Motion Photographs/Reuters

Now we have gone to a large, i can see behind the sky ladz that the covers are nonetheless on. I do not see us doing an inspection six minutes in the past.

On the queen, Cricinfo experiences that “An ECB spokesperson mentioned ‘there isn’t a DCMS mandate to cancel sporting occasions, and it’s as much as particular person sports activities to determine on applicable motion’.

“It is an age-old argument,” emails Sam Collier-Sewell, “However actually, when will the ECB see the sense and cease scheduling check matches in England in September once they may very well be performed in locations with half first rate climate presently of yr. the yr – like Shetland?In fact individuals will increase trivial issues about distance, lack of enough transport hyperlinks, infrastructure and, you understand, cricket grounds, nevertheless it’s a stunning sunny day right here. There is a light breeze and it is just for the three days this Take a look at is prone to final – what extra may you ask for?”

I’d be so up for that. This place looks good to me.

There was no extra rain, so hopefully we’ll be prepared for our inspection in a couple of minutes.

OK, this is our rain playlist. Thanks all on your contributions, there are too many to print out one after the other, so this is a snack – preserve coming.

“I feel it was 2000,” emails Richard Neal. “I used to be going to go to my first check match, on Saturday at Headingley in opposition to the West Indies, Courtney and Curtly in opposition to Nasser’s resurgent England. So thrilling. Then the day earlier than, the simultaneous thrill and horror of listening to Viv Richards report how Darren Gough was “on fireplace” along with his inswinging yorkers and Caddick took 4 in an over. First two-day test in 50 years. Thrilled, however completely gutted. To not be at a sport, I do know, however the feelings have been operating excessive.

Eeesh, that is rank. I used to be at Lord’s the opposite day and a mate who lives in Israel was there the primary day along with his boy, making his debut. He was unimpressed by the English rain.

And extra e mail: “As a younger man,” Nagarjun tweets, “I snuck into an Ind-Aus Mumbai check on a photoshopped ticket; it was earlier than numbered seats and barcode scanners. Felt like an exhilarating act of subversion. The subsequent check was the VVS 281 at Eden, so extra pleasure as a result of I felt a part of an epic sequence.

Oh that is pretty.

Hiya once more. Extra rain, however there appears to be different issues occurring.

If there isn’t a extra rain, we may have an inspection at 1:30 p.m.

Come on, that is already sufficient.

And it is lunch. See you in 40 minutes!

Sky is about to indicate us the tip of the 2003 England v South Africa sequence – the hosts received on the Oval to reconcile issues, and the Gaffer, enjoying their last check, have been chaired across the boundary on the finish. I feel it is essentially the most depressing I’ve ever had in cricket – I used to be beginning regulation college the subsequent day and was completely in disbelief at what I used to be doing to myself. So what’s been the least pleased – or the happiest – you’ve got ever been to the sport, and why?

I hoped for a wholesome household picture, however within the meantime, right here is that this.

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{Photograph}: John Walton/PA

Wanting grim at The Oval. Lunch to be taken at 12.30pm.#ENGvSA pic.twitter.com/TaQ7lkIGr7

— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) September 8, 2022

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Lunch to be taken at 12:30 p.m.

Hopefully once we get again to 1.10 we’ll be good to go.

Okay, let’s compile these:

Steve Brown: I can’t stand the rain – Ann Peebles

Slim Jim Baxter: Rain – The Beatles “How about that underrated Revolver-era Beatles B-side with one in every of Ringo’s nice performances?”

Derek Walmsley: It’s raining today – Scott Walker “Probably the most lovely track, the legendary Scott Walker used to take heed to when he lived in Chiswick, desirous about how badly you harm your self enjoying golf.’

Simon Withers (With an Aussie twist”): It’s raining fun – Triffids, Spring Rain – The Intermediaries

Simon Francois: Iron Sky – Mega City Four. “The refrain goes, ‘And the rain fell like bullets from a gun, And the sky got here and swallowed up the Solar..’

@iucounu: Rainy day – Raekwon (which album it’s).

“Ocean color scene, the day we caught the rain”, Devilish Solely Join’s @Smylers2 supply. “(Am I doing this proper?). »

I keep in mind studying in NME within the mid-90s that ID bracelets have been all the fashion — and we knew that as a result of Stevie Craddock had one. If anybody is aware of what he is carrying now, I would be pleased to get a head begin.

@DanielHarris Rain: right here's one I made earlier. https://t.co/6cJUzQ9PKO

— Tom King (@tallgeekychap) September 8, 2022

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And whereas we’re right here, I will introduce you to my favourite single of the summer time which has nothing to do with the rain, however within the sensation is its reverse: King Promise brings Ghana to the world with Chop Life.

And, whereas we’re right here, his biggest effort:

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