The ups and downs of cricket (and of the City of London)

Ten years ago today, England beat Australia in the Final of the ICC World Twenty20, in Bridgetown Barbados. It seems that Australia batted first, lost early wickets and never recovered.

I watched the final dozen or so overs of this game at the home of Michael Jennings:

Happy memories. What could be better than watching England beat Australia at cricket, at the home of a friend, who is an Australian cricket nut?

My hard disc has a much better memory than I do. I had no recollection of this until I just looked up May 16 2010 in the photo-archives. And up came all these photos of a screen, telling of England’s triumph.

The Man of the Match was … Craig Kieswetter. Whatever happened to him?

It wasn’t good:

Craig Kieswetter, the England ODI and T20 wicketkeeper who was Man of the Match in the 2010 World T20 final, has announced his retirement following the eye injury he sustained last year.

Kieswetter was struck in the face when a ball went between his helmet and grille when playing against Northamptonshire, breaking his nose and damaging his eye socket. He returned for two matches at the end of the 2015 season, then went to play T20 in South Africa, but struggled with the effects of the injuries.

It could have been far worse. That I had definitely not forgotten about.

LATER: Here’s how the City of London was looking that evening, photoed from Michael’s local railway station:

No Cheesegrater. No Scalpel. And no Big Lump, the latest biggest one that has no silly name because it’s too boring. Not, in other words, yet, this, which is how Things are now, give or take a few cranes.

One thought on “The ups and downs of cricket (and of the City of London)”

  1. I have no memory whatsoever of your coming over to watch that, but I take your word for it that you did. Out of the six times that tournament has been played, that’s the only time Australia have even made the final, and it is certainly the only major trophy in world cricket Australia have never won.

    Australia are supposed to be hosting the seventh iteration of this tournament in October-November this year. We shall see if this happens.

    And I have been wandering around the easterly bits of London taking photographs of the river and various things, and the lack of pollution and lack of boats on the river is making for some good shots. I wonder when the air in London was last this clear. 1700? Possibly not since even earlier than that.

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