Imagine the glamour, the music, the colour, the dancing girls, perhaps a shandy or two and some mighty big hitting.
For those of you who donâ€™t follow cricket, I am describing a typical day at Twenty20 cricket.
As many of you will know, I am a mad keen cricket fan and I have been lucky to watch cricket around the world, including an Ashes series in Australia.
But nothing quite prepared me for the intensity of what I experienced at Lords Cricket Ground on Sunday 14th June at this year’s world T20.
HIGH OCTANE THRILLS
I’d been given some tickets as aÂ bonus for CAT’s 30th birthday issue doing so well, and was determined to make the most of them.
The day began rather sedately with a train ride from the wilderness of the Sussex countryside where I live, heading into the big smoke for a do-or-die encounter between the under achieving but highly talented England and India, the reigning champions.
It promised to be a day of high octane thrill a minute cricket â€“ it did not disappoint!
ENGLAND BOOED AT LORDS
Basking in the London sunshine and sitting in the best seats in the house, the stage was set at the Mecca of world cricket.
I had flavour of what to expect with a Game 1, which wasÂ Sri Lanka v Ireland: a close game with the Sri Lankans the eventual winners.
Once this game had ended, the big screens panned in on the England squad ready to enter the arena to warm up. They were greeted with a chorus of boos from 20,000 partisan Indian fans.
That’s a bit like Michael Heseltine coming to work and getting loudly booed by us lot on CAT!
I doubt Lords had ever seen anything like this, the England team looked totally bemused and we all wondered how they would react.
As the game got the underway, the atmosphere reached new deafening levels, the Indians ramped things up with their whistles and others weird and wonderful musical instruments.
Cricket really is a religion for India!
Seated in the Grand Stand and nicely opposite the dancing girls, we were treated to someÂ revealing dance routines (oooooh!),Â not to mention the cricketing shots.
With every boundary and at the end of each over, the DJ played his tunes and the dancers would appear on a mini stage to wow the ogling crowd.
How cricket has evolved!
It was a memorable day of thrills and spillsâ€¦ and thankfully an England victory, but not without the loss of a few finger nails.
Roll on the Ashesâ€¦