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Get back out there and play!

Yesterday we went to Lords to watch the final one day international between England Women and Australia Women. England had already won the series, sitting at 4-0 up, but quite a few of them have been tight so we were hoping for a good game.

Of course, we woke up to quite a lot of rain. But undeterred we set off. I did decide to wear my full waterproofs - I hate sitting in wet trousers. Figured I could always take 'em off when we got there. We were meeting up with an old friend of mine who'd managed to get us free tickets.

When we got there it wasn't raining, and we settled in to watch. I think we got about 18 overs in. England were looking pretty sharp, apart from the occasional missed sitter of a catch. Then the rain started. And stopped, so they came back out. And started again, so they went back in again. And stopped. And started. Eventually the game was cut to 32 overs a side, and Australia finished their innings. England started theirs and were looking a little shaky after losing 2 wickets, but as the second wicket fell the dark black clouds that had been gathering behind the old pavillion suddenly burst. Seriously. Pictures from my Gorgeous Girlfriend's flickr page:

The media centre through the hail

Getting the rain in perspective

After that lot had fallen, the ground looked more like a swimming pool really.

The great Lords flood

"Oh I do like to be beside the seaside..."

The umpires decided that there probably wasn't going to be any more play. Strange that.

So England kept their 4-0 series win, and we didn't get to see much cricket. To top it off, the Lord's Taverners (pub nextdoor) was shut for a function, so we couldn't even retire there for a swift pint (or so). That's where we normally get to catch up with the people who've spent the day in the Members enclosure, so we missed out on that. Chatted with quite a few people and caught up with old friends, which is always nice.

Getting home was a trial though. London Victoria flooded and was shut, and we'd booked onto a specific train for cheap fares. Of course it was cancelled, which left us a little stuck. Fortunately we were told we could get any train down to Haywards Heath and change there, so in the end we made it reasonably comfortably, it was just a bit later than we meant.

Been tired today... Still, good day out, and the second most spectacular storm I've seen. (First was in Monument Valley, and it's going to take a lot of beating!)

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