England v Pakistan 4th Test, The Oval

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Looking at the London weather forecast it doesn't look too good for tomorrow or Friday (thundery showers both days), but the forecast for Kennington looks better (sunny intervals).:scratch: Looking out of my office window (a few minutes’ walk from the Oval) it was very very wet until a few moments ago. I don’t care about Saturday or Sunday because I don’t have tickets for those days.
 
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The latest is that there's going to be heavy rain showers at 10:00 and 16:00 and light rain at 13:00. It doesn't say what it will be like between those times. Meanwhile, we can expect sunny intervals in Kennington.

Lovely morning here in Brixton, plenty of sunshine and lots of blue in the sky.

As usual, the best place for breakfast/lunch near the Oval is the Apollo Café on Brixton Road.
 

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Going to the Oval for the first time tomorrow, always been more of a Lords man myself. Having been rained out for the past two years at Lords thought I'd try my luck in another geography so wisely chose the Oval....

Thanks for the tip on the cafe. Any others for an Oval first timer?
 
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Annoyingly I now have a spare junior ticket as friend's boy can't come. Anyone who wants it for face value £18 text me on 07941 335 103, otherwise I'll try to sell it at the ground. It's for age up to 16 years.
 

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2 questions...

Is it Hoggard's 33rd consecutive test ?

What is the England record for consecutive tests ?
 

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Any others for an Oval first timer?


Good pub (forget the name) on the corner of the Vauxhall End and the Eastern Terrace, towards Vauxhall Station. You can exit the ground if you want, there`s a good few Bees there tomorrow and i`m sure we`ll be in said pub at lunchtime:wave:

And in between the showers if it rains :sorted: :wave:
 

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be interesting to see at Christmas if Jon Lewis brings out a book on the 'motorways of the UK', a nice little drive to Derby for him today.:(
 

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Good pub (forget the name) on the corner of the Vauxhall End and the Eastern Terrace, towards Vauxhall Station. You can exit the ground if you want, there`s a good few Bees there tomorrow and i`m sure we`ll be in said pub at lunchtime:wave:

And in between the showers if it rains :sorted: :wave:

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Good pub (forget the name) on the corner of the Vauxhall End and the Eastern Terrace, towards Vauxhall Station. You can exit the ground if you want, there`s a good few Bees there tomorrow and i`m sure we`ll be in said pub at lunchtime:wave:

And in between the showers if it rains :sorted: :wave:


Thanks. Looks like I'll have plenty of time in the pub to come and say hello. See you there hopefully.
 

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Thanks for the tip on the cafe. Any others for an Oval first timer?

Try the Queen Ann (blue pub visible from the train between Waterloo and Vauxhall (but very near Vauxhall station). Used to be very good for the lunchtime gentlemen's entertainment - but remember to take some change with you, preferably 50p's.
 

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This game could be finished quicker than the 2nd test!

Lets hope Bell and Cook can stay around for a while and maybe Bell to score a fourth century...

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134 for 6 @ Tea

They are going to struggle to make 180 at this rate.....

Anyone for a rain dance perhaps?:fishing:
 

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lets see how Pakistan bat....in similar conditions tomorrow
 

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Bugger..!!

DO I really want to sit and watch the Pakistanis score 312-3 tomorrow on a wet seat.

Brentford shirts to the fore tomorrow. :sorted:
 

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Thoroughly depressing. The only good news all day is that Bish might not be able to make it tomorrow! Monty has a big job on his hands if we are to turn this one around.
 

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Try the Queen Ann (blue pub visible from the train between Waterloo and Vauxhall (but very near Vauxhall station). Used to be very good for the lunchtime gentlemen's entertainment - but remember to take some change with you, preferably 50p's.

I've got a feeling the mate I'm coming with will be delighted with that tip. Is it still 50p? Haven't been to one of these places in years but it sounds like they are an inflation free economy.
 

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I need Inzaman to come up with a decent innings tomorrow in order to salvage something from a pretty disasterous spread bet :nono:
 

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A disasterous day with the bat and England are in deep trouble here.

Good decision from Inzi to put us in but we should have done better than we did, Strauss and Cook should have gone on and Pietersen played a silly shot first ball, a long tail also didn't help.

The wicket of Younis at the end was just about the only saving grace, if we can get Yousuf early we might be able to restrict the lead but TBH we are going to need something special to avoid a large innings defeat.
 

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Interesting that Strauss says he would have batted anyway! Tomorrow morning may be similar to this morning. All is not lost yet, but could have done with batting until the close. KP's stroke was criminal and let's hope he's learnt a lesson.
 

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Boycott likes to be deliberately controversial and provocative - it's how he earns his living. I like to trust my own eyes and I saw KP receive an almost unplayable ball first up and reckon that most batsmen in the world would have struggled to survive that one.
 

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To be fair on KP, it was a very good delivery and it was the first ball he received. It's not like he followed a wide one.

Agreed,it was about to take his off stump out,he had to play it.
 

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I turned the channel over to the cricket in yesterday afternoon and all of a sudden we lost a couple of wickets. :eek:
I think today I will not watch it. ;)
 

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Just spoke to Ed at The Oval to bring him today's BFC news (he's a premium subscriber) - he didn't sound too enthusiastic lol
 

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It aint raining here perhaps they should play the cricket here. Sun's been out all day long :cool:
 

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Gonna need a lot of rain to save this one, folks.


Depends how the pitch holds up :shrug:

Without the rain we would be 400+ behind and looking at batting before lunch. I suspect we will now bat 300ish behind around tea time, unless Inzi fancies upping his average a bit more.

Oval pitches tend to stay true and overhead conditions won't be loaded in favour of the bowlers second time around.

It will take some doing but if we bat well we can look at saving it and I think there is enough pride, and places to play for, for us to have a good go.
 

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yesterday was rubbish. no passion, energy or buzz in the team or subsequently in the ground. just looks like they are strolling around on a Sunday afternoon village green. waste of money apart from the very funny banter in the ground. how long before Monty lamps someone in the crowd.

today will be better. today will be better. today will be better. You Reds.
 
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