For now I think we have agreed to disagree. But today I attempted to swing the debate in my favour, with a day at Lord's, the home of cricket.
We went to see Day Four of the England vs SA Test Match. This is the last match of the series, in which we are 1-0 down. Unless we can win this Test match and secure a series draw, England lose the Number One position in the Test rankings. So it does matter, which helps against the whole 'there's not much to it' claim.
We came prepared: those little cakes and some lamb kofte I made yesterday, fruit, water, wine, a radio (to listen to TMS), sun protection, and so on.
Lord's is a beautiful ground, although TLOML did point out that it would be possible - and in the States would have already been done - to add a few more tiers and an extra 20k seats in there. And it's well equipped for the casual observer too. For example, this handy idiot's guide to what's happening in the field of play is printed on the back of the card they give you to wave when a boundary is scored. It could have been written for TLOML, and within an hour he was bandying about phrases like 'silly mid on' like an old pro.
|Our view of the action at 11am|
|Our view of the action at 5.20pm|
TLOML had a great time. But I fear he still may not believe cricket has more to it than baseball. When I pointed out all the exciting highs and lows we'd seen, all the twists and turns, the suspense and the drama - he pointed out that those moments were 'spread out quite thinly across 8 hours'. Hmmm. Maybe I'll take him to a Twenty20 next time.