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Tales From 2011

Glad confident morning

Glad confident morning

Even by his own standards Bumble was irrepressible this morning. "Coronation Street, The Royle Family, Early Doors, Shameless," he gushed, when asked by Sky's Sarah-Jane Mee to name his favourite TV programmes.

You will all have spotted the Northern connection. I expected mentions for Eccles cakes, Accrington and pilfered lawn mowers at any moment.
 Before long, though, David Lloyd had moved on to rather more topical matters and he was similarly enthusiastic. "Can you see The Point?" he asked, before answering his own question a fraction of a second later. "I know you can see The Point!" he effused. And indeed we could. Lancashire's massive hospitality suite loomed in the background. Suddenly, it seemed a symbol of a bright certain future.  
The former Lancashire and England opener caught the local mood perfectly. From gatemen to the catering staff, from the chief-executive down to the journos (and that's one helluva distance) everyone around Old Trafford had a smile on their faces.
There are no prizes at all for guessing the reason for all this good humour. Jim Cumbes agreed when I compared Monday's victory in the Court of Appeal to finally taking untrammelled possession of a new home. At last the Lancashire family can put so many of their plans into practice in the hope that their Australian friends will be paying them a visit in a couple of years' time. We'll see.
In the meantime, however, some august cricketing folk had to get used to temporary arrangements, no one more so than the Test Match Special team, who, instead of a broadcasting box, had to make do with the Committee Room in the pavilion if they wished to commentate from behind the bowler's arm. I hope they watched their manners.
Committee members and their guests were relocated in The Point. Included among their number this mostly sunny Saturday was the Rev Malcolm Lorimer, who was probably tempted to use the place as a giant pulpit from which he could preach wondrous truths to his assembled congregation on the outfield. I think it's a good scheme and entirely suited to our archivist's Methodist heritage with its tradition of outdoor services.
The hymn numbers could be put up on the scoreboard and, providing the crowd weren't doing the Wesleyan wave, everything would be fine. There might be a bigger crowd than turned up for the Bon Jovi gig, although I doubt they'd shift quite as much booze. They'd probably make do with Red Bull instead.
 Back on Earth, the weather cleared and the 19,500 sell-out crowd at Old Trafford enjoyed the ebbs and flows of the 5th One-Day International. Over at The Point, the committee members were probably thinking what a fine sight Old Trafford makes, even in the midst of redevelopment. But they must also have been wondering what the ground might look like in just a couple of years' time. These are good days for Lancashire cricket.

Paul Edwards
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh


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