Tea at Test pt:2 (pt:1)
Cricket, lovely cricket, if ever a sporting occasion was made for the enjoyment of a cuppa, it is test match cricket.
Lasting for days, at a ponderous pace, with not too much excitement of the jump-up-and-spill-your-tea variety. There is a lunch break, a tea break, and plenty of time to nip and get a cuppa between overs.
I love this quote from my favorite film maker Jim Jarmusch, featuring my favorite band, my favorite sport and my favorite drink:
“Cricket makes no sense to me. I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. That is very cool, but I don’t understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didn’t understand what they were talking about”
So here I am on a sweltering Sunday morning at lovely Lord’s. England need a couple of early wickets, and I need a cup of tea.
The (air-conditioned!) bar in the Upper Grand Stand sells a very nice PG Tips, made more enjoyable by decanting from paper cup to china mug, hastily purchased from the Lord’s shop.
I confess, that being a cricket fan of some years, I have also brought a flask and some tea bags, so am well set up for the day ahead.
Later: Things didn’t quite go England’s way, and South Africa dominated but was a great day of test cricket, enhanced by my mugs of tea.
The match has one more day to go (20th August) so for a fantastic day at the home of cricket, head to Lord’s Cricket Ground, north gate, where tickets are on sale for twenty quid.
|Price of a Cuppa :||£2.20|
|Leaf or Bag :||Bag PG Tips|
|Crockery :||Paper cup, but decanted to china ‘Lord’s’ mug|
|Music :||gentle Lord’s buzz and polite applause|
|Kitty says:||A lovely cup of tea at the home of cricket!|
|Address:||Lord’s Cricket Ground St John’s Wood Road, NW8 8QN|
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