When my friends suggest going to the cricket back at the start of the year I can’t say I was jumping at the chance to go, but anywhere where it’s deemed strange if you’re not day drinking, is my kind of place so I agreed to it.
Back in July, a group of us went to Emirates Old Trafford to watch Lancashire vs. Derbyshire in the T20 Vitality Blast competition, and luckily it was a glorious summer day, which just made it all the more enjoyable.
Even though I live quite close to the ground, I’d only ever been to One Love back in 2017, but I knew that the stadium was really big – so much so that it took us a good 30 minutes to find each other.
I won’t lie, I had no ideas of the rules of cricket before the match, and to be honest, I’m not 100% sure of them now – a few of them reminded me of rounders though – and the only thing I knew about Lancashire was that Freddy Flintoff used to play for them!
We arrived at the ground about an hour early, and Jordan and I were very kindly shown around the pavilion by James who had invited me to the day. I was a bit dubious about how interesting I would find being shown around as I didn’t have much of an interest in the sport, but it was really fascinating.
We started by going to the second floor and were shown where the filming of the matches takes place. Afterwards, we were taken to the Sky Sports box to have a look in there too, which had a great view of the whole pitch.
We then went downstairs and were taken through to the player’s changing rooms (luckily there was no one in there as it could have been quite embarrassing otherwise…) and saw all their gear for the match ahead – I never realised how much they had to wear: We also saw the opposition’s changing rooms, which weren’t as fancy.
After that, we were introduced to the physios who told us about the kind of injuries that are common in the game of cricket, and the kind of treatments they do to aid the player’s back to full health. From here we went through to an indoor pool and a gym where they can come and workout before the match, or relax afterwards.
James very kindly gave us a bag of caps and t-shirts (and drinks tokens, which went down a treat) and we went to meet the others for the match.
I didn’t fully understand what was going on – even though it was explained to me time and time again – but I really enjoyed doing something a bit different in my city. There were a few stags do’s there too who were funny to watch, but also loads of families, which shows that there is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for an alternate day out in Manchester, where you can drink all day, and cheer on your local team, then I would definitely suggest giving Old Trafford a go. I know a few people think cricket matches can be a bit boring, but we all had a great time, and it lasted about 3 hours, which was the perfect amount of time. The tickets were only £8 each, which is really good value compared to other things you can do in the city.
I would definitely recommend giving it a go with a group of friends!
Have you ever been to the cricket? What did you think?