June 7, 2009

ICC World Twenty20

Women in shorts, in the pavilion

Kanishkaa Balachandran

In the Observer, Will Buckley goes behind the scenes at the MCC at Lord's on the opening day of the World Twenty20.

After the naps were powered there was a sense of disappointment in the Library. "Which Royal have we got?" asked one Member. "The Duke of Kent," replied another. "Jesus." The aura of low key persisted when it was announced: "The opening ceremony has been abandoned for safety reasons." This drew a few groans, but I think a useful precedent has been set for 2012.

In the Library, meanwhile, a Member, who had earlier opened a grand window, decided to sing along to the National Anthem. He got as far as "Gracious Queen" before heavy stares forced him to desist. It was agreed that the Dutch effort was "lovely".

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