A day that cricket will never let us forget!

England’s Stuart Broad and England’s Ben Stokes celebrate the dismissal of Australia’s Todd Murphy on day five of the fifth Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at The Oval cricket ground in London, Monday, July 31, 2023.

Like the sentient pension professional I am, I abandoned my workstation  yesterday afternoon and headed for the nearest pub beaming Sky. I was rewarded with  an Australian batting collapse and the sight of mystic Stuart’s bail tampering – which undoubtedly won England the match.


The hours that saw Smith and Head inching Australia towards what we expected to be another jammy Aussie win had been so depressing , I had to immerse myself in re-learning the Guaranteed Minimum Pension, furtively switching tabs to see if the number 4 appeared hyphenated to the Australian total.

Four turned to seven, then eight.

As I rushed down to Rudds – my local sports pub, my earbuds bounced with excitement as 4 turned to 5, I reached the pub as a sixth wicket fell. By the time I had a pint in front of me the Aussies were seven down and an eighth fell soon after.

Then a lull, the tension increasing as Murphy and Carey took Australia to with 60 runs of our total.

My  timeline included a tweet from “the founding father of pension de-risking” claiming he “could not breathe“, he was soon attended to by an admirer – we all wish him a speedy recovery.

The Broad came on and the psychodrama turned up another couple of notches.

Stuart Broad has written his cricketing epitaph with a pulled six and an ashes levelling delivery that removed the redoubtable Carey. These grand moments  bookended his final two days of professional cricket.

The whole Broad family watched on, it was a delight!

Lest we forget!

What a game cricket is, no other sport can hold our attention over such a time. What a magnificent tradition the Ashes is! How well both teams have conducted themselves, how brilliant the fans and what a great time , those left with BBC Sounds and the pub TV, have had!

Those who were at the Oval this weekend , included my friend and fellow pensions blogger Paddy Briggs.

Paddy spent his career at Shell, their  offices are just around the corner from Kennington. I hope he made it yesterday as well.

Cricket is a game that brings us together – and helps us remember.

Alan Higham seems to have been there yesterday, moaning that if the Oval had been Old Trafford , they’d have played through the afternoon rain.

Thanks to Alan  for helping me remember the first Ashes match I was ever taken to. It too was rain affected and it too helped England draw the series.

If you want to share your Monday evening moment with me – drop in a comment and I’ll weave it into the blog. I may not have been at the Oval, but our collective memory of a great 90 minutes is enhanced by stories like yours.

As I made my weary way back from Rudd’s bar to my Blackfriars flat, I counted myself a lucky fellow, to be alive at such a time. Cricket will not let me forget that!


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3 Responses to A day that cricket will never let us forget!

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks Henry. Like you I could barely watch for periods, then couldn’t peel my eyes from the screen. It was great sport, high drama, and not a little emotional. So sad we won’t see Stuart Broad run through the Aussie batting card again, but what moments he has served up over the past 15 years.

  2. byronmckeeby says:

    Moeen Ali wasn’t given the same attention as Stuart Broad, although Broad did walk off with him arm-in-arm which was good to see.

    Moeen playing on (and bowling) with a groin strain deserves a lot of praise for that.

    Glad to see that Sky finally included him in the post-match interviews. I presume he’ll still play some white ball cricket, but a very well-earned retirement from the red ball.

    • byronmckeeby says:

      Can’t disagree with The Cricketer magazine’s rating (a C overall):

      “The decision to call Moeen up out of Test retirement was controversial. There’s no denying his effectiveness as a bowler was hindered after he sustained serious blisters – a completely foreseeable issue – in the first match, while a groin injury hindered him at the end of the series.

      “In between times, he demonstrated his versatility and selflessness by offering to take on the No.3 role and, after an initial struggle, registered England’s only half-century from the position in the series. He also bowled really nicely in the victory in Leeds and in the final innings of the series, despite injury. He would have had several more wickets had the fielding been better.”

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