Monday 21st. April, 2014 – Easter Monday 

I spent today at Chester-le-Street watching cricket. It was a glorious day and my camera has a superb zoom. How is this for an action shot?

I woke and walked both dogs before setting off for Durham to watch the second day of the game between Durham and Somerset. I arrived just after the game had started – the roads were busy because of the Bank Holiday I expect, but parking was straight forward and it was good to be at the cricket ground.

I started with a hot dog and then settled down in the members’ stand to watch the morning session. It was a good session to watch as a Durham supporter as five Somerset wickets fell. As the sun was shining brightly I stayed in the stand during lunch time, having another hot dog (this time with chips) and washing it down with a large orange fruity ice-lolly – it really was that kind of a day.

This Durham huddle followed a Somerset wicket – folk are a clearly excited and things are going well

Mid-way through the afternoon Somerset were dismissed and Durham went back into bat with a first innings lead of 123 runs. As it turned out they are going to need those runs as Durham wickets fell cheaply with only Jennings and Richardson batting with any real backbone. By the end of the day Durham have a lead of 275 but have only three wickets in hand. Even with all the time that is left in the game I can’t see Somerset (even with Compton batting at number eight) making 300 so there is still work to do. Fortunately Paul Collingwood is still at the crease, so there is hope!

Activity on the pitch after the Somerset innings closed as the wicket is prepared for Durham’s turn to bat

I drove home – again the traffic was quite bad but mostly going the opposite way from me. We dined in the farmhouse and then resumed watching The Killing, the DVD given by Jeff to Olive. It is good but because it is in Danish with subtitles you really have to concentrate – you can’t watch with your eyes closed. We actually watched another three episodes which means that we have so far watched ten in total – I think that we are now exactly half-way through the film!

Walked the dogs and went to bed – it has been so good today, and to think that I will be able to watch so much more cricket this year ... (retirement really does have so much to recommend it).


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