England v Australia 2009 Oval Test match report

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Bradders writes:

My wife Pauline and I were married on the 20th August 2009 in Adare, southern Ireland. Due to it being the first day of the final Test of the Ashes series, it was obviously a momentous day.

Having booked the wedding a year before (and prior to the Ashes schedule being announced) there was a moment of panic when I realised that I might miss something crucial in the cricket. However, with the careful use of modern day technology and a multitude of keen cricket fans in the wedding party, I was kept fully informed of the days happenings.

Here is a picture of the ushers checking the score:

The wedding score-check - we all know it

Exiting the church, we walked through an arch of cricket bats and hurleys (an Irish sport ridiculous in its violence and speed that Pauline plays).

This is a picture of the arch.

Most of us haven't seen this at a wedding though


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


Why risk it when it's so easy to sign up?


  1. You married a girl who knows how to wield one of those things? Jeez.

    Apart from that, a perfect match report. And well done KC for breaking another match-to-match-report speed record.

  2. There is a second part to this, Bert and it is from September 2010. We plan on publishing it tomorrow. What do you make of that?

  3. Fantastic match report!

    That thing looks almost like a hockey stick. Or perhaps I am seeing things because I’ve been in Canada for more than a year now.

  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed it… As far as I can tell, hurling is a sort of aerial hockey without rules and is bloody dangerous.

    Interestingly, the grip is held the opposite way round to cricket and this apparently is why Eoin Morgan is so proficient at the reverse sweep. Truth or bollocks, we’re not sure, but an interesting possibility…

    And Bert, she does come home with a few bruises post game. Fortunately I haven’t been on the receiving end yet.

  5. Daisy and her sisters were lacrosse fiends in their pomp.


    A similarly bonkers and scary activity IMHO.

    The thought of all three of them hurtling towards me with a purpose in mind and me in the way is the subject of many a nightmare, I can tell you.

    Great match report, Bradders.

  6. All the bats were shabby old efforts with chips and cracks in them – couldn’t rustle up enough new ones in time! They are a couple of Salix, a Gray nicholls and a mystery yellow one…
    And yes Miriam – twas a lovely wedding indeed.

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