Recently we were given the opportunity to attend one of the NatWest T20 Cricket test matches which have been taking place across cricketing grounds all over the country this summer.
I have never been to watch a cricket match before so this was a great introduction as the matches are much shorter than your average one day match or first class three to five day marathon, which for a novice spectator would be way too long. The T20 matches are held in two halves, much like a football game with each half lasting around 75-90 minutes. The format ensures fans are captivated by every ball, every hit and every run throughout the match.
Our game was held at Lords, which was extremely exciting in itself, I’ve driven past in many times but never been inside the famous ground which is in London. I took the opportunity to take my three young children, to give them the experience too. It was Thursday evening so I guessed it would be quiet but Lords was packed, full of fans all mingling around eating food from one of the fantastic food stalls, having a drink and enjoying themselves whilst waiting for the match to start. The atmosphere was electric, I had no idea it would be this thrilling and I loved it.
After having a good look round Lords and having something to eat, we went to watch the match. The match we saw was Middlesex v’s Gloucestershire with Gloucester batting first. I was actually so excited!! My two young sons were mesmerised, as was my daughter and husband. We could see everything clearly and the crowd really got involved, cheering, shouting, gasping at amazing shots, which encouraged others to do the same and which made it all even more exciting.
Sponsored this year by NatWest, the T20 matches are very popular. The competition pits all 18 first class counties against each other who are split into two regions, North and South, 9 teams in each league. Each county has the opportunity to name two international players of their match day starting line ups, making the NatWest Blast the place to see the big guns show their outstanding talents with bat and ball.
Unfortunately our match was rained off so we didn’t get a result but we thoroughly enjoyed what we saw. I’m sure these matches are fantastic for cricket fans to get a quick fix of their favourite sport and see their favourite players, but equally they’re brilliant for anyone who is interested in watching a cricket match for the first time or looking to do something different for the evening. It’s also a great way to get your children into the sport, what better way than seeing it played live by the professionals!
If you fancy going there are still matches to be played, you can find out when and where here:
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