Ashes Test Match - England vs Australia and a look around the Yorkshire Dales

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The Ashes, England vs Australia, played at Headingley Cricket Ground.

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Having visited Elland Road the previous day, i decided to treat Julia to another traditional English sport on Sunday, cricket. And not any cricket match, but the most important one in the World, The Ashes, England vs Australia. Luckily it was a bright, sunny day at Headingley, as if it's raining, they don't play. The ground is also home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and again this place has played a role in my life, as i did my work experience here, and worked part time for two summers in 1995 and 1996.

Australia were the current holders of The Ashes, which meant England had to win the best of 5 series. This was game number 4 and England were ahead 1-0, with 2 games having finished in a draw.

Me with former England players John Hampshire and Raymond Illingworth
It was Day 3 out of 5, so it should have been a good days worth of cricket. Unfortunately, England had had their butts kicked in the first 2 days, therefore we only got to watch a couple of hours of cricket, as Australia bowled out our batsmen all too easily. The winning margin was a whopping innings and 80 runs, and this levelled the series at 1-1, with 1 game to play.

Whilst it was a huge disappointment, i think Julia was secretly pleased, as i'm not too sure she wanted to sit at the game for 7 hours that day. It's probably best to break her into these things, little by little!

After the game, we waited to get some autographs of old England players, and amongst others we met Raymond Illingworth and John Hampshire. We also saw the wacky Kiwi umpire Billy Bowden fooling around with his gestures for 6 runs, which rather pleased most people.

The one bonus of the match finishing so early, was that we now had time to go and visit the Yorkshire Dales for the afternoon, so all was not lost!

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