Victory for a city in the summer

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Cities disappear in the summer. Winter has cities, summer has counties – or at least that’s the way it used to be. Now Birmingham have won a cricket tournament and we don’t know where we are. The weather has been unseasonably cool this last week. Even the climate’s confused.

Our viewing of Twenty20 finals day was limited to some of Lancashire’s semi-final, so we asked an entirely impartial and not-at-all fictional friend what went wrong for the Red Rose in the final. They said that Birmingham cheated.

We’re nothing if not conscientious when it comes to establishing facts. We know that one person’s word doesn’t amount to proof, so we asked a second friend whether this was true. They said: “Yes, it’s true, Birmingham cheated. They cheated really badly.”

It’s a sad day for cricket.


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  1. Cricinfo has called them Warwickshire the whole time and I had no idea they’d been ‘rebranded’ until yesterday

  2. How are they supposed to have cheated? I feel that actually being present means you miss out on some of this ill-founded gossip.

  3. I didn’t read the article but I thought I’ll write in saying hello to all of you from 30000 feet above the ground in a Mumbai bound plane that I never planned to board because I was traveling to Chennai but a thunderstorm in Chicago ruined my connection in Frankfurt and now I have no idea whether I have a ticket from Mumbai to Chennai or if my luggage is going to arrive but then again such is life and frustration has caused me not shun punctuations and I hope this temporary lapse is forgiven by y’all.

    1. I count at least three apostrophes, so it’s not all punctuation you’re shunning, just the sort that touches the line. This is hypocrisy of the worst sort, irrespective of your altitude.

      You can get an aeroplane to take you from Mumbai to Chennai, but it will take you longer to change terminals at Mumbai than to walk to Chennai, so why bother. Mumbai has everything you will need anyway.

    2. Are Chennai and Mumbai different places, then? How very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

    3. Graeme Swann can wear the same pair of underpants for four days. I hope that you are similarly hardy, Deep Cower.

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