Every year at t20 finals day, a mascot race takes place
It is now an institution and something everyone looks forward to on this very special day. All the mascots from around the counties, as well as a few others, line up to compete on the challenging course. The obstacles include a giant bat to hurdle, a ball pit, a big cricket ball to run around, and some netting to crawl under.
As you can imagine, the course is rather difficult for a creature as tall as our Lanky to negotiate. However, he’s already won the race before, and every year he is one of the favourites, testament to his popularity and Usain Bolt-like speed.
Conditions at the Rose Bowl this year were tricky. Very overcast, with spots of rain in the air. The turf was slippery, which didn’t help any of the mascots. Lanky may have had his cricket shoes on but they don’t come with spikes, so gripping the surface was going to be difficult.
Lanky was in the second group of mascots to go. When the air-horn sounded, he sprung into life like a startled gazelle. The start proved to be all-important – the first hurdle, the enormous bat, was seen as a brick wall to clamber over by the majority of the racers. Not Lanky. He leapt over the bat, both feet at once, landed upright and then started to fly. His main competitors, Nuts the Squirrel and Sid the Shark, were left in his wake.
David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd was commentating on the race for Sky Sports and even he struggled to keep up with our flying giraffe. The ball pit slowed Lanky’s pace momentarily as he waded through what must have felt like a boggy swamp, but by this time he was too far ahead for it to matter.
As Lanky eased down the final straight, he was serenaded with a chorus of ‘Oh, Lanky Lanky, Lanky Lanky Lanky Lanky Lancashire’ from Bumble. He collapsed over the line exhausted but a winner, beating Yorkshire’s Max Mynah by a good 15 seconds.
Lancashire Lightning may not have been at Finals Day this year, but we still came home with a trophy.