Along with 14,000 or so other people we went to a quite wet Oval this afternoon to see Twenty20 reduced to Ten10. Still it could have been worse as they’re allowed to pretend it’s a game as long as each side gets 5 overs in.
And while Twenty20 is a bit of slog fest at the best of times it really goes that way when you’ve only got 10 overs to score your runs.
The game itself was pretty much over once Nayan Doshi and Chris Schofield had made a mess of Hampshire’s middle order. Something that was confirmed when Surrey’s Ali Brown – who’d managed to run out one or two of his partners – struck a couple of sixes in the same over reducing the run rate to 3 an over, after which Azhar Mahmood took Surrey home.
I’ve been to the Oval a number of times, and even played there once (for the House of Lords as a ringer since you ask) but had forgotten how under developed it seems compared with Sydney Cricket Ground.
We did enjoy the day, but I’d have to say that I prefered watching Kent in Beckenham last year. In part because of the weather, but also because of the nature of the ground – you’re much nearer the action and they were happy for the kids to play on the outfield before and after the match.