Saturday 6th. September, 2014 -- Away for the day at Chester-le-Street 

Today I was part of a goodly crowd at Chester-le-Street, the home of Durham County Cricket Club, where I watched Durham book their place in the final of the fifty-over competition by roundly defeating Nottingham in the semi-final

Up early in time to see Mum off on her annual trip to the meeting of the Guild in Dundee. She was picked up by Marga at ten past seven and then was driven to Dundee and brought home again by Ann. (Mum had a thoroughly good time.)

I walked Mix who had had a better night than yesterday – he coughed occasionally but the ‘bite’ has gone out of the cough and if it continues to improve at this rate, he will be right as rain by the end of the weekend.

Scott picked me up at 8.15 and we set off for Chester-le-Street arriving at the ground in time to visit the pavilion for a bacon roll. Durham had lost the toss and been put into bat, but the game went superbly for us thanks to some great batting from Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard and (particularly) from Ben Stokes who made 164, a club record in this competition. We amassed 353 in our fifty overs and then went back to the members’ pavilion for lunch.

After lunch we watched as Nottingham tried to respond to our mammoth total. In spite of a superb 114 from their captain, James Taylor, and because of some fine bowling and superb catching from our boys, we dismissed Notts for just 279, a victory for us by 83 runs – a massive victory in a one day competition.

Scott and I drove home. I joined the family for supper and it was good to meet up with Peter and Veronica who have come to stay for the weekend. I left them all to play a game and came back to the Granary with Rachel. We dealt with Mix’s medicaments and watched a political thriller ‘The Ides of March’. It was quite good and served the purpose of making me extremely sleepy and ready for bed – after, of course, walking Mix. What a good day it has been!


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