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1st Ashes Test 2009 match report

Bowled on 28th July, 2009 at 08:26 by
Category: Ashes, Match report

Price writes:

After driving down to Bristol on the Friday night, drinking a skin-full of Guinness, getting four hours sleep and suffering a packed train to Cardiff, we took our seats high up in the grandstand.

The raging hangover subsided (through the means of hair of the dog) and we sat enjoying the much cheaper beer than Lord’s or the Oval, the brand new Test venue and the Barmy Army trumpeter belting out some of Australia’s finest ditties (Neighbours, Home & Away, Tie me Kangaroo Down Sport etc.)

At lunchtime, Dan of ‘a cricket hat on an unusual head’ fame gave me my birthday present. It was an actual laminated set of Bat for the Draw Top Trumps he had spent hours making. I was absolutely beside myself with excitement:

Bat For The Draw! And it's tangible!

As the day drew on, the dark clouds moved in and the rain came down. We sat huddled under our umbrellas trying to pass the time waiting (in vain) for a break in the clouds. Dan suggested we play the Chocolate Bar – Movie title game (e.g. “The Horse Whisper”, “City Snickers 2: The Legend of Curly Wurly’s Gold”) and when we ran out of ideas, the Politicians – Fruit game (e.g. “Che Guava”, “Barrack Banana”).

When we realised the rain was not going to stop, we hightailed it back to Bristol where we went and drank the infamous Exhibition Cider from the Coronation Tap. I remember nothing past 8pm. Dan tells me we had an amazing curry.

Thankfully we got a lift to Cardiff on Sunday, as in my ever worsening state I doubt I would have survived a train journey. Most of the day was somewhat downcast as although we were sat in the sunshine, there were lots of annoying Australians nearby gloating. (Not that there are any other kinds of Australians of course). However, come 6.40pm, their mood seemed to dampen, which was nice.

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  1. Reply
    Ged   //   July 28th, 2009 at 08:53

    Why would you make up a politician-fruit with “Barack Banana” when there is a perfectly real politician-fruit to be had for that fruit: Canaan Banana.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaan_Banana

    Something like Breadfruit Papaya works better for Barack Obama IMHO. Che Guava is a good one though.

    Am I delving too deep again by any chance?

  2. Reply
    KK   //   July 28th, 2009 at 09:25

    Why would anyone play the Politician-Fruit and Chocolate bar-Movie title games when a laminated set of Bat for the Draw Top Trumps is at hand?
    Che Guava redeems everything, however.

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    KK   //   July 28th, 2009 at 09:31

    And I’m intrigued to see the word ‘Computer’ on top of the Rob Key card. Suppose I play the Player and my opponent plays the Computer and I win the Rob Key card off him, does it change to ‘Player’?

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    Bert   //   July 28th, 2009 at 09:55

    Clementine Attlee.

  5. Reply
    Ne   //   July 28th, 2009 at 10:39

    John Quince Adams?

  6. Reply
    Ne   //   July 28th, 2009 at 10:48

    and, of course, Robert Orange Peel

  7. Reply
    sam   //   July 28th, 2009 at 10:49

    Jackie Granny Smith

  8. Reply
    KK   //   July 28th, 2009 at 10:51

    This doesn’t quite qualify, but I like it nevertheless:
    Sherbet Hoover

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    SW   //   July 28th, 2009 at 10:52

    Tony Pear?

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    Bert   //   July 28th, 2009 at 11:25

    Marathon Man
    Mission to Mars
    The Drifter
    Hitch Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy
    March of the Penguins
    Mutiny on the Bounty

  11. Reply
    alex   //   July 28th, 2009 at 13:47

    Beware the coronation tap!
    People come out of there wanting to fight!

  12. Reply
    SW   //   July 28th, 2009 at 18:17

    Butch Cassidy and the Milkybar Kid?

  13. Reply
    Dan   //   July 28th, 2009 at 21:27

    Alex, some what predictably I did have a bit of an argument with a mate of mine. He was being a touch arsey so I told him where to go. Turns out he’d just been dumped!

    As far as the chocolate bar contributions go, Rolocop, The Flake Escape and Schindler’s Twix are three of my all time favourites.

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    miriam   //   July 28th, 2009 at 22:25

    Re the chocolate movies / fruity politicians, I have nothing, but wanted to say that that is an AWESOME birthday present, and what an atmospheric match report! I want to come next time!

  15. Reply
    thesaururus   //   July 29th, 2009 at 02:11

    It sounds like you nearly did Miriam

  16. Reply
    price   //   July 29th, 2009 at 05:54

    Kk, Sir Robert has “computer” written above him as Dan spent many painstaking hours pushing print screen then printing and laminating. Some have “player” above them too. This doesn’t affect the gameplay.

    This in no way takes anything away from a quite marvellous present.

    Also, due to his importance, there are two Sir Rob Key cards

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    Mahinda   //   July 29th, 2009 at 12:07

    I’m sure there’s a market for an energy drink called Che Guarana.

    I want a set of those cards!

    And who did Miriam? Am I missing something…?

  18. Reply
    miriam   //   July 30th, 2009 at 21:50

    Oh Boys. Honestly.

  19. Reply
    thesaururus   //   July 31st, 2009 at 06:23

    I could pretend i missed a comma but I could be putting my foot further in

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