Autumn, the season of mellow teas and fruitiness, the time when the sublime meridian of the English summer, Test Match Special, gives way to the braying of Match of the Day. There is still a little cricket to be played, a few un-wasped plums left on the tree. It is time to make some jam.
I love cricket, as you may know. I love the game, I love its atmosphere, its culture, its history, its love of statistics and trivia, its rituals, and the fact that at cricket matches the bars are open at ten in the morning and everyone thinks that’s okay.
I have a proposal.
Lords, the home of cricket, lies north-west of Regents Park, close by the Jubilee Line. On Sunday 8th September (yes, this Sunday) it will host the final of the Davidstow National Village Cup final, between Rockhampton of Gloucestershire and Cleator of Cumbria.
I do not care that you have never heard of Rockhampton of Gloucestershire and Cleator of Cumbria. Neither have I, and that is the point. This is the zenith of the non-professional season. No egos; no names or faces you’d recognise. Just the game at its most beautiful.
The village cricket final is always ridiculously under-attended, and it’s twelve pounds to get in. Twelve pounds for a day of cricket at Lords, with money back if it’s rained off. It would be churlish to refuse. And—here’s the plan—not just with other people who love cricket, but with people who love games. And cricket. And games people who are intrigued by cricket but have never had a chance to experience it properly.
I’m calling a Cricket Jam. Let us descend upon Lords, bringing picnics and portable games (small ones), and sit and chat and play and eat and drink and watch the cream of British amateur cricket battle for once-in-a-lifetime-glory on the fabled sward. And listen to the England–Australia ODI at Old Trafford via TMS.
If you think that sounds like a perfect way to spend a lazy late-summer Sunday, click on this firstname.lastname@example.org which will subscribe you to a mailing list so we can count numbers and arrange where to meet.
Gates open at ten, play starts at eleven, and with forty overs a side it should be done by six. You don’t have to be there at the start, or the end. You can buy tickets on the day, or preorder them by calling 020 7432 1000.
Hope to see you there, and please spread the word.
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