Jordan raises the temperature at a damp Oval
Chris Jordan was on fire in England's opening One Day International at the Oval on Thursday. He took 3 wickets for only 25 runs from six overs, whilst earlier in the afternoon the all-rounder had topped up England’s 247 for six with an astonishing 38 not out from 13 balls.
WSM guests enjoyed the comprehensive England victory in this first of five one day confrontations with Sri Lanka. The visitors were bowled out with five overs to spare and 81 runs short of England's total.
Sadly the match was shortened as a result of a torrential mid afternoon downpour which meant that it became a rather interesting day for the number crunchers. Initially the match was reduced to 39 overs and in addition 17 runs were added to England's total for the long stoppage. After the second shower during Sri Lanka's innings the target was reduced by 23 runs and the final margin of 81 runs was calculated using the infamous Duckworth Lewis method. If cricket was a mystery to some, the scoring managed to lose even the keenest fans of the game.
Despite the excellent mathematical exercise for the bean counters amongst us, our guests managed to keep up the chat throughout the day, covering subjects as diverse as the introduction of new political systems (it was after all the day of the European elections), the groups enthusiasm for Scottish independence and the vagaries of the residential property market. It was a pleasure to spend an afternoon in such good company.