England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 1st day May 26, 2011

Sri Lanka fight on shortened opening day

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Sri Lanka 133 for 2 (Paranavitana 58*, M Jayawardene 4*) v England
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana, gave their team a solid start to the first Test in Cardiff before England's bowlers hit back on a truncated day. The pair added 93 for the first wicket after play was delayed until mid-afternoon by regular showers, but Dilshan couldn't build on his half-century and Kumar Sangakkara also departed in somewhat controversial circumstances when the DRS became involved.

Graeme Swann provided the first breakthrough and James Anderson was in the middle of a testing spell when England appealed for a Sangakkara edge behind but Aleem Dar turned down the shout and Andrew Strauss was quick to use the DRS. The decision rested on a combination of a noise and a faint mark halfway up the bat as the ball scooted past the edge. Rod Tucker, the third umpire, relayed that information and Dar overturned his decision.

Sri Lanka's opening partnership was their best in England, a place where touring sides often struggle against the new ball especially at this time of the year. They were also unfortunate that the dry, warm start to the summer ended on cue for the first day, but one of the main bonuses of Sri Lanka's successful warm-up period was the form of the top two. Dilshan and Paranavitana both hit hundreds against Middlesex and England Lions in stands worth 209 and 200. In that sense, England did well to separate them for 93. A solid start here was vital, too, because Sri Lanka have a lengthy tail after opting for a five-man attack which, after a late change of heart, included two spinners.

Strauss hadn't been unhappy to lose the toss, especially when another shower meant an awkward 70-minute session before tea, but it soon became clear there wasn't going to be a huge amount of help for the quick bowlers. There wasn't much early swing for Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled too short, reinforcing the feeling he is short of rhythm after just two Championship matches for Nottinghamshire and his injury-hit winter.

As was to be expected there were the occasional alarms for the openers but they judged well what to leave and what to play to build the frustrations for the bowlers. Against his natural instincts Dilshan was restrained in the 16 overs before tea except for a flash against Anderson and a strong cut off Broad as he passed 4000 Test runs. Paranavitana was impressively solid and alert to the quick singles although was on the receiving end of two big appeals from England.

The first was for a catch down the leg side which always sounded more like pad, but the second got Anderson excited as Paranavitana was squared up and the ball taken at first slip. Billy Doctrove was proved right, though, as the ball had flicked the batsman's hip and Strauss had been wise to keep the DRS up his sleeve. The England captain is becoming a good judge of when to use the system. However, Paranavitana was never flustered and adjusted impressively for a man playing his first Test outside the subcontinent.

After tea Dilshan came out playing more shots although England's bowlers did find the edges of both batsmen without anything reaching the slips. Chris Tremlett produced a probing spell that began to build some pressure and one delivery reared past Dilshan's edge even though he was largely negated by a slow pitch.

Swann had been brought on in the 27th over and while he couldn't produce a first-over strike he was in the action in his fourth. At the start of the over Dilshan reached fifty from 92 balls, but three balls later dragged into his stumps as he tried to force through the off side. England sensed their chance for a late push and Anderson's short battle with Sangakkara promised more for the series ahead.

Paranavitana remained firm during the closing overs and brought up a hard-working and hugely valuable fifty from 145 balls when he cut Tremlett for his fifth boundary. With Mahela Jayawardene for company plenty of hard work remains for England's bowlers.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Philip_Gnana on May 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I would love to hear Rod Tuckers explanation in giving that decision re Sanga. SL have done well so far. I hope these guys do perform and show the Indian anti-SL guys what we can do.

  • Philip_Gnana on May 27, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Sanga's dismissal. Poor umpiring by Ryder. The UDRS works but not he the poor judgement of the umpires. Yet again the umpires have failed. The fact is, If the snick was that loud to be heard then why is it that there was no appropriate Hot spot? If that was a snick according to the Third Umpire he has been biased towards England. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Lord.emsworth on May 27, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene really struggled and got out wobbling and scraping. Pity really as he had this great chance to prove once and for all that he can really bat outside the sub-continent. Pity as a nicer guy is harder to find. Sangakarra too got out cheaply and now the SL selectors must decide how long they intend to persevere with Sanga & Mahela? They fail to often like the great Jayasuriya did in his later years. Why the duce Rajapakse and the other brilliant under 21 players are never given a opportunity is a traverstey of justice. Even Boycott has mentioned this. Thirimanne wasnt the best performing under 21 player.

  • on May 27, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Rohan Thillekeratne have you ever studied or even played soft ball cricket ? Your suggestion of playing Randiv at the expense of a seemer is ridiculous. If you suggested another seemer I would say reasonable. And playing Dinesh Chandimal instead of Prasanna who has so many test hundreds and a fine average ha ha ha.... Chandimal should fight for one of the first five batting positions....

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    sl have to play with 12 players.. 12 man is 3rd umpire.surely that is not the mistake it is done for England they trying to get 1win advantage no worry's this is home of cricket

  • 5wombats on May 27, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Damp squib of a day @Cardiff. I didn't enjoy. Game has draw written all over it. Hopefully today will be better. Just off to the ground now.....

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Watching some of yesterdays action I couldn't help but think that playing Test Matches in Cardiff is an absolute joke. An empty ground (weather permitting) with no atmosphere, and a dead track which produces stodgy cricket - and will suit Sri Lanka more than England. Still, well played the Sri Lankan top order yesterday!

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    That decision was AWFUL! What ever happened to without a reasonable doubt?

  • WPDDESILVA on May 27, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Sanga was not out. They should bring the hot spot technology. Remember that Kumar walks when he nicks even when his team in trouble. If you watch the IPL you'd know! Bring on the HOT SPOT.

  • awg3599 on May 27, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    @cricketman123 @Uvindu Perera @area1985 @Crik Sare et al The hotspot replay showed 2 hotspots - one high up towards the centre of the bat where the plastic heat reflective maker's name sticker would be and one on the edge of the bat on the same trajectory as the ball. Clearly OUT and the third umpire saw this. I recommend that you watch the coverage in HD as the second hotspot was as clear as day. This was later confirmed by "snicko" - a clear sharp noise at the moment the ball was alongside the edge of the bat. So the third umpire got it right. And as for the argument it was "such a faint edge" that it shouldn't count - well, by the laws of the game if the ball touches the bat and is caught the batsman is OUT. Says nothing about degrees of touching. The laws of physics are quite clear here too - for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - therefore one object (a bat) striking another (a ball) will dissipate the energy in SOUND (the snick) and HEAT (the hotspot). OUT

  • Philip_Gnana on May 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I would love to hear Rod Tuckers explanation in giving that decision re Sanga. SL have done well so far. I hope these guys do perform and show the Indian anti-SL guys what we can do.

  • Philip_Gnana on May 27, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Sanga's dismissal. Poor umpiring by Ryder. The UDRS works but not he the poor judgement of the umpires. Yet again the umpires have failed. The fact is, If the snick was that loud to be heard then why is it that there was no appropriate Hot spot? If that was a snick according to the Third Umpire he has been biased towards England. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Lord.emsworth on May 27, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene really struggled and got out wobbling and scraping. Pity really as he had this great chance to prove once and for all that he can really bat outside the sub-continent. Pity as a nicer guy is harder to find. Sangakarra too got out cheaply and now the SL selectors must decide how long they intend to persevere with Sanga & Mahela? They fail to often like the great Jayasuriya did in his later years. Why the duce Rajapakse and the other brilliant under 21 players are never given a opportunity is a traverstey of justice. Even Boycott has mentioned this. Thirimanne wasnt the best performing under 21 player.

  • on May 27, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Rohan Thillekeratne have you ever studied or even played soft ball cricket ? Your suggestion of playing Randiv at the expense of a seemer is ridiculous. If you suggested another seemer I would say reasonable. And playing Dinesh Chandimal instead of Prasanna who has so many test hundreds and a fine average ha ha ha.... Chandimal should fight for one of the first five batting positions....

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    sl have to play with 12 players.. 12 man is 3rd umpire.surely that is not the mistake it is done for England they trying to get 1win advantage no worry's this is home of cricket

  • 5wombats on May 27, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Damp squib of a day @Cardiff. I didn't enjoy. Game has draw written all over it. Hopefully today will be better. Just off to the ground now.....

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Watching some of yesterdays action I couldn't help but think that playing Test Matches in Cardiff is an absolute joke. An empty ground (weather permitting) with no atmosphere, and a dead track which produces stodgy cricket - and will suit Sri Lanka more than England. Still, well played the Sri Lankan top order yesterday!

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    That decision was AWFUL! What ever happened to without a reasonable doubt?

  • WPDDESILVA on May 27, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Sanga was not out. They should bring the hot spot technology. Remember that Kumar walks when he nicks even when his team in trouble. If you watch the IPL you'd know! Bring on the HOT SPOT.

  • awg3599 on May 27, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    @cricketman123 @Uvindu Perera @area1985 @Crik Sare et al The hotspot replay showed 2 hotspots - one high up towards the centre of the bat where the plastic heat reflective maker's name sticker would be and one on the edge of the bat on the same trajectory as the ball. Clearly OUT and the third umpire saw this. I recommend that you watch the coverage in HD as the second hotspot was as clear as day. This was later confirmed by "snicko" - a clear sharp noise at the moment the ball was alongside the edge of the bat. So the third umpire got it right. And as for the argument it was "such a faint edge" that it shouldn't count - well, by the laws of the game if the ball touches the bat and is caught the batsman is OUT. Says nothing about degrees of touching. The laws of physics are quite clear here too - for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - therefore one object (a bat) striking another (a ball) will dissipate the energy in SOUND (the snick) and HEAT (the hotspot). OUT

  • dscoll on May 27, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka were lucky. England beat the edge on numerous occasions and they dererved to get at least 5 or 6 wickets. With a bit more even distribution of luck Sri Lanka will be skittled today.

  • on May 27, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    ROD TUCKER OUT! SANGAKKARA NOT OUT. ALIM DAR WAS RIGHT.

  • yorkslanka on May 27, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    why are sl people moaning about sanga's decision, the point is the udrs came up with the RIGHT decision whether we like it or not so we cant complain about it...we cant just sing the praises of the udrs when the decisions go our way, otherwise we would be just like India?Hopefully Para and Mahela can put together a good partnership and reach three figures themselves and bat us into a defendable position...Good start yesterday and good to see our opening partnership strive again...come on sri lanka!!!

  • Jagkay on May 27, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I understand Sanga is invited to give the MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture in July. Could MCC make sure Umpire Tucker too is invited to listen to him? Tucker is badly in need of learning about this aspect of the game and he might pick up a hint or two at this lecture.

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Poor Decision by Rod Tucker ensured that Sanga was dimissed.. eplays clearly showed the ball was no where near the bat ... DRS needs to be improved!

  • DazTaylor on May 27, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    For all those claiming Sangakkara was not out. Clear hot spot on bat, clear noise from bat and, oh yes, clear snicko. ie, he was out. Get over it.

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Sanga `s one is not out obvious cheating from Englishmen.,we `ll see lot more of that as the tournament progress.

  • KaZsa on May 27, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    The decision against Sanga is outrageous...Here I'm thinking we will play a fair test series with English...And they start it by giving a totally biased decision against one of the honest cricketers ever....Sanga does not care to wait for a DRS system to give him out....If he is out..He knows how to walk like a gentleman...Absolutely pathetic...Is this how England are going to be No.1??Making a wrong decision by an on field umpire is acceptable...But going against the laws of cricket and giving a biased decision is something that should never be tolerated...When are we going to see ALEEM DAR out of the Elite panel??

  • CRIC89 on May 27, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Mahela, Thilan with Paranawithana still have lot of work to do after opting to play with just specialist six batsmans. Sri Lanka should negoshiate early overs today to loook fowarward to a total of around 400-450. It's very important to post a demanding total with the inexperience bowling attack.

  • Sreyas28 on May 27, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    why is tharanga not playing?

  • on May 27, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Who is the third umpire???Even a little child can see there is no clear evidence of edging the ball.What a shame.How can an umpire decide whether it was edged or not depending on the sound only?Very poor umpiring.Yes umpires are humans and who can mistakes as well.But considering all the technology which have to a third umpire now a days, it is impossible.

  • usmanmansur on May 27, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    its a conspiracy against aleem dar

  • usmanmansur on May 27, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    sanga's decision is a conspiracy against aleem dar so that he doesnot win the best umprie award and tafuel wins all aussies are involved tucker should be fired of the panel

  • cricket_for_all on May 27, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Sanga's decision was completely wrong. There was no any nick (It is just the path of the ball). What kind of bias is that?

  • sidzy on May 27, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    here we go eng gets a life, sanga was clearly not out & batsmen know whether they edged it or not, it shows on their face. when is drs going to stop helping eng, it helped bell in sydney test when he was clearly out & given not out.

  • on May 27, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Rain will only ensure another chance for Prasanna in the next Test for if no rain his bat will produce just enough to open the selectors eyes towards Chandimal or Kaushalia-atleast hope so because the selectors are blind to P'S bat, they only see his hands behind which were not exactly secure in the last couple of tests! NJ.

  • on May 27, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Good to see Dilshan evading the hook shot and curb his aggression even though he got out due to poor shot selection. Let's hope that other remaining SL batsmen will follow suit and consolidate the position as batting will be a difficult task, in the 2nd innings, on that pitch, due to uneven bounce.

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    THe review system presumably was put in place to get a second opinion when umpires aren't certain about what happened in real time. In Sangakkara's unfortunate case the second opinion referred to, made a right mockery of what in many people's (unbiased) opinion was the correct decision by Alim Dar. As cricketman123 so aptly put it, if stupidities like these won't get your confidence down, nothing ever will - man enough or otherwise. I feel quite gutted watching such nonsense. Imagine what it was like to experience such rubbish.

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    If we are going to give a batsman out for a faintest of edges that can only be detected by a stump mike and a "hotspot", it is not cricket but technology too much .

  • CricSare on May 27, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Sanga's decision was a real mess.there were two hot spots .but not close to the place that ball passed the bat.there was a sound but it wasn't a woody sound.generally a little sound can generate when bat waves fast against the wind.Don't forget there was a huge wind.Sad these umpires cant realize those facts and make foolish mistakes even though they got technology.Seems that few other things are there for umpires to consider out.SL has to ready for these type of things in future too.Another thing is, Sanga has been so humble in the past and he would definitely walk if he really edged.SL are real fighters.For sure they will give hard time for Eng.

  • area1985 on May 27, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    According to ICC ruling of the new DRS system ,on filed decision will be turn out only if there is a clear mistake from the umpire, its not change 50-50 decisions.but on sanga's dismissal there was no evident from replays he hit the ball, other than the noise.The benefit should go for the batsman that time.Poor third Umpiring!

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    @Ram Jegendran, This was Rod Tuckers fault. His input overturned Dar's decision. Its in the second paragraph by the way. In any case there is no excuse for Rod Tucker. It was an absurd decision given that he was overturning the on-field umpire when there was more than enough doubt involved.

  • PremasiriS on May 27, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    It isn't sensible to get the views of seniors when selecting the final XI be'cos they don't allow a quality player to come in who can be threat to their place in the Team. After all it is not advisable either to keep players like Chandimal, Kausal, Thirimanne, DimuthK,AngeloP,RosenS Bhanuka out in the cold any longer as they may lose interest of the game as in the case past brilliant sch'boy c'ters the likes of Waragoda,SajithF,LankadeS & DanielIan who weren't or hardly given a chance to play for the Country. The Country's future of Cricket is more important than few greedy individuals. Since all seniors in the team are in their mid-thirties,they should be replaced immediately for their lack of consistency. After all No. 3&4 positions should be given to stroke-filled young promising batsmen of lightning reflexes & solid technique. The quality bats have to be groomed at these positions. Since there are enough proven players, it isn't advisable to wait till the seniors to get retire.

  • laleeshaw on May 27, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    what is this,now even before the tournament sri lanka was considered underdogs,and that their weakness is their bowling.many told that england has a good bowling unit,so now andrew says that england did well to restrict the opening stand of 93!.so does that mean when a team gotta weak bowling unit they concede 300 + runs to the opening stand and when a team has a good bowling unit they concede 200 + .so anyway england gets the praise even if sri lanka put on 190 to the opening stand .last thing i expect is to andrew to say that if enland could get 50 runs to 1st wicket that they done well against our attack

  • sanath007 on May 27, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Sanga is the most honest "Walker"...so i'm not happy with that decision. England should remember sanga walking even when they didn't appeal twice in Sri Lanka, because even the keeper and bowler didn't hear the edge those 2 times.

  • Rajesh_Srinivas on May 27, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Mighty impressed with Lanka's combination- 5 Batsmen, WK and 5 Bowlers. Indians- when will they ever be confident to have such a combination...A real food for thought for India...Way to go SL!!

  • Deepfreezed on May 27, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    when is sanga going to show up? lets hope it rains tomo and we can get a draw out of this.

  • ruchinn on May 27, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Wow!!! the LIONS are roaring & let's hope they make the Pommies whine a lot:) Way to go, & definitely pricks the English ego.

  • Finn92 on May 26, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Bolwers have been accused of being a bit rusty but there is nothing in the pitch for them really and Strauss should have considered a second spinner really, Rashid/Monty/Tredwell? Also I think Shahzad would have been a better option on this pitch over Tremlett or Broad but lets see how the game progresses before we start saying who needs to be dropped etc Really disappointed with the crowd today as I have always been proud of the fact that we support our national side and sell out nearly every day of every test match when compared to other nations however the empty seats were sad to see. It is tradition to have the first test of a series at Lords but it's all about money I guess.

  • RohanMarkJay on May 26, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    This is a good start by Sri Lanka. The cold May Conditions in the United Kingdom are tough for batting and getting your eye in. Now they should build on this tomorrow and graft like they did today. Should aim to get to 350 and then kick on to 500 which would a wonderful achievement for the Sri Lanka bats if they can do it. I believe they are certainly capable of doing so. Best of luck Sri Lanka for tomorrow.

  • cricketman123 on May 26, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Sangakkara decision was appalling. Decision like this put players confidence down. What was the use of the technology if the third umpire can't even get the hotspot right. the hotspot mark was up the bat but the there was a slight noise probably made when the bat cut through the air.

  • on May 26, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Is Kumar a walker? When he was on his !90 odd he was given out in Australia. Now here Aleem Dar is a good umpir and he would not have been wrong.

  • Tigg on May 26, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    The most controversial thing about the review was that Aleem Dar was overturned. Now that is unusual. There was amark on hotspot and a sound where the only thing it could come from is the bat. Out.

  • on May 26, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    openers gave a solid start..really like paranvithrnas temperament and da technique.....pitch z kinda a slow pitch therefore baters have to pile up sme runs to challenge da mighty england s

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Rain Rain go away come again another day

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    whenever SL play test matches rain strucks......same thing happened in westindis tour....

  • Bang_La on May 26, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Ole' English trick! Invite teams in May when the weather is treacherous, play or half play and get ready to show muscles in finer weather!

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Clearly the answer to the weather conundrum is to have the First Test at Easter time. Aprils seem to have the best of the Spring weather these days. *Tongue firmly in cheek*

  • sanath007 on May 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    whenever SL plays, rain comes... :( i think chandimal had to do a morgan to take the place of prasanna...and he failed with the bat

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Normally I'd be trotting out the hackneyed adage about how one "can tell when it's summer in Wales, as the rain's warm"; however I'm afraid it's tiddling down in London too....

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Whos stupid idea was it to give Cardiff Test status. No one buys tickets, its always raining and the pitch is a dead dog.

    Even better lets give it the first Test of the summer when the weather will be at its dodgiest.

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    The outfield must be dry, before the toss. Otherwise, some more SL players will get injured. SL can't get chances.

  • zamith on May 26, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Britishy indeed!

  • Devmanus on May 26, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    very good advertisement for Cricket. better play in Sahara... at least such headline (No play before lunch on opening day.. due to rain obviously) will give some hope to the ppl starving for water...will give you some time to discuss how IPL is destroying cricket..

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    It's a tragedy to exclude Chandimal and Randiv at the expense of Prasanna and Maharoof, respectively. Particularly after the batting success of Randiv against the 2nd XI of England. Let's hope that there won't be any collapse of SL batting.

  • Dharaka on May 26, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Rain.....The inseparable lovers....

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  • Dharaka on May 26, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Rain.....The inseparable lovers....

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    It's a tragedy to exclude Chandimal and Randiv at the expense of Prasanna and Maharoof, respectively. Particularly after the batting success of Randiv against the 2nd XI of England. Let's hope that there won't be any collapse of SL batting.

  • Devmanus on May 26, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    very good advertisement for Cricket. better play in Sahara... at least such headline (No play before lunch on opening day.. due to rain obviously) will give some hope to the ppl starving for water...will give you some time to discuss how IPL is destroying cricket..

  • zamith on May 26, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Britishy indeed!

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    The outfield must be dry, before the toss. Otherwise, some more SL players will get injured. SL can't get chances.

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Whos stupid idea was it to give Cardiff Test status. No one buys tickets, its always raining and the pitch is a dead dog.

    Even better lets give it the first Test of the summer when the weather will be at its dodgiest.

  • on May 26, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Normally I'd be trotting out the hackneyed adage about how one "can tell when it's summer in Wales, as the rain's warm"; however I'm afraid it's tiddling down in London too....

  • sanath007 on May 26, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    whenever SL plays, rain comes... :( i think chandimal had to do a morgan to take the place of prasanna...and he failed with the bat

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Clearly the answer to the weather conundrum is to have the First Test at Easter time. Aprils seem to have the best of the Spring weather these days. *Tongue firmly in cheek*

  • Bang_La on May 26, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Ole' English trick! Invite teams in May when the weather is treacherous, play or half play and get ready to show muscles in finer weather!