The usually fearsome Bill Gordon, the groundsman at The Oval, must have been in a good mood today.
Spectators were allowed onto the playing area, allowing us a rare glimpse of what the ground looks like from a player’s perspective.
The Oval has a vast playing area, noticeably bigger than either Lord’s or Edgbaston, both of which I have seen from the pitch.
Today’s match between Surrey and Leicestershire was played on a pitch towards Blocks 1-5 on the south-west side of the ground, with the boundary rope pulled well in by the Peter May Stand on the opposite side. But even the more central pitches, which I suppose are used mostly for international matches, are still a long way from the boundary.
By the way, Surrey lost (again). They were thumped by a very average but very noisy Leicestershire side by an innings and 60 runs. This is probably the worst-ever Surrey team. Not that I support them – I’m a Warwickshire boy. (They lost to Somerset today – sob sob.)
But England beat the mighty Bangladesh – hurrah!