Oi, oi, saveloys! Morning Tanya and friends,
“It’s a gloriously sunny day here in leafy south Birmingham, where I find myself about to watch the Essex boys take on Warwickshire (well, day one before the Guardian upgrades its representative at this match). Both sides are coming off the back of memorable wins last week too. Peter Siddle is back for Essex after jetting in from Australia, so I am looking forward to watching his first woodchopping display of the season. Or, depending on the toss, another lumberjack in Olly Stone* charging in to bowl at Ziralasdair Gugg.
“No Dom Sibley for the Bears, he’s out of the next two rounds at least with the broken finger suffered during the storming of Trent Bridge, but birthday boy Jonathan Trott makes a return to Edgbaston (as the club’s new batting consultant, admittedly).
As an aside, my brother firmly believes champions (in any sport) should spend the following season wearing capes when they play. What do we reckon?
*Fun fact: Stone is the co-owner of a company that sells clefts of willow to bat makers”