Competition - Friends Life T20 Group Stage
On the 31st July (my wedding anniversary) I took my wife along with her dad and nephew to Chelmsford to see the Essex Eagles take on Surrey Lions in the final group game of this years T20 competition, and before you say anything going was my wife's idea so I didn't drag her out to watch cricket rather than take her for a romantic meal somewhere.
This game was a winner takes all affair with a guaranteed place in the quarter finals up for grabs.
The ECG is a small but very atmospheric ground situated next to the River Chelmer in the centre of Chelmsford, which is made up of a number of stands. pics below.
The Lions won the toss and batted first and put a score of 165 on the board with scores of 54 from Steven Davies and 43 from Wilson.
The Essex reply was quite frankly awful being skittled out for 104 with Dutch international Ten doeschate the only Essex batsmen to get into double figures score a brilliant 60 from 39 including 4 sixes 2 of which almost ended up on balconies of the nearby flats.
Surrey as such were guaranteed a quarter final spot and luckily for Essex other results went there way and they joined the Lions as one of the best 3rd placed finishers.
My next visit will be to another cricket ground, The rose (Ageas) Bowl in Southampton to see the IT20 match between England and Australia. Hopefully I will remember to take my camera so should get some better pictures. After that I will be starting my football groundhopping again and I cant wait.