The British summer is an unpredictable beast, which is fun when you’re planning a summer wedding. It’s less fun when you’re involved in a professional sports team which can’t play in the rain, or when it has been raining heavily. Ben often says that cricket is a ridiculous sport to play in the UK for this very reason. I love the game, but last night Ben was proved right for once.
The Sky Sports cameras and the ECB were in town to see the Derbyshire Falcons take on the Northamptonshire Steelbacks at the 3aaa County Ground in a T20 match. I was there at the invitation of the Derbyshire Falcon’s cheerleaders – The Falconettes – to grab some photos of them with their brand new sponsor Face2Face Nutrition, and some general pictures of them in action during the match. It was all set to be an amazing night – because the TV cameras were there all sorts of extras had been set up, including pyrotechnics, a big screen and a planned guard of honour for the players as they left the pavilion.
Sadly though, it had been raining heavily all week and all day, and although the rain had mostly cleared away, a pitch inspection by the umpires revealed that the outfield was too wet and boggy to be able to play safely. The match was abandoned.
Nevertheless I was able to get a quick photo of the whole team and some images of the sponsor’s logo, and I’ve been invited back later in the season to try again!