Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 7

The Ashes overs! Step up Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook - Cook had watched the wickets tumble from his openers’ spot. The 2 men put on 145 runs before Stokes fell to the bowling of Mitch Marsh on 87. Cook played a solid innings and came very close to his century - falling on 96, just after Geoffrey Boycott had said - ‘he’ll get his century’ - no he didn’t Geoffrey! Amongst the remaining batsmen Moeen Ali added a very useful 39, he is making an argument for moving up the order. England finished on 312 all out, a differential of 254. My day at Lords started with Chris Rogers and David Warner at the crease as Australia looked to carry on building an unassailable lead, rather than force the follow on. In the second over of the day I believe Chris Rogers suddenly looked to be in difficulty and sat on the ground. Rogers had been hit on the head in the1st innings, and had suffered the same fate in the West Indies. It has since been said this wasn’t delayed concussion, but if there’s any doubt on that he should be rested, concussion can be a killer or life changing! I do hope he’s well and we see him opening at Edgbaston. He was closing in on his half century when he ‘collapsed’ but was led from the pitch on 49. Warner was joined by Steven Smith, the pair were a delight to watch, it was a pleasure to see shots from Smith that you’d expect to see in a T20 game rather than a test match at Lords! Warner was more circumspect and scored a great 83 before he was caught by Cook from the bowling of Ali, he’s becoming something of an issue for the opener. Michael Clarke joined Smith, he’s a man in need of runs having been out for 7 in the 1st innings he was not out 32. Smith fell to Ali - that part time bowler - having scored 58 - a superb test for the man back at the top in the World. Mitch Marsh joined Clarke and scored 27, including two huge 6’s into the members sitting at the front of the pavilion, before his captain declared, having doubled the Australian lead they were 254 for 2 - England had taken only 10 wickets over both innings! And amazingly Jimmy Anderson didn’t have a single wicket to his name. And so in came the England openers, I’m very concerned that I might just be typing a huge row of here - so I’m going to keep this brief like England’s innings. I think I’ll just sum this up as quickly as possible - England needed to play a calm innings, they were highly unlikely to make the total set, but there was an outside chance to draw the game if weather intervened. Well, they must have had a day trip planned for Day 5! Did they come remotely close to the 500 plus? No they didn’t - they were all out for a frankly shameful 103! A mention for a wonderful throw by Mitch Johnson striking the stumps at some speed - he ran Stokes out, he seemed to be in his crease - but was up in the air when the ball struck as was his bat! A schoolboy error to say the least! A superb performance by the Australians - to come back in such a fashion after their loss in Cardiff has to be admired. 7