England have secured the series against the West Indies by winning the second test. Also for the second time in two matches it was a thoroughly good game of cricket with both sides being in promising positions at various stages. In addiition to these Strauss scored another fine century giving him 21 in tests, one behind the joint leaders among England batsmen, Hammond, Cowdrey and some yorkshireman whose name escapes me. One final and highly unusual second in two matches: The Man of the Match award went to a bowler again, this time Tim Bresnan.
It is my birthday today, but because people are away today we had a celebration at the Crown in East Rudham on monday. I am treating myself to a trip to Norwich today (there is a meeting I would like to attend in the evening, and I still have some of my present from Hilary to spend). So far I have purchased The Plan by Steve James, an account of how Fletcher and Flower engineered England’s rise from bottom of the test cricket world in 1999 to top in 2011, and Moral Landscape by Sam Harris, a book that provides a scientific basis for morality, and has been described by no lesser person than Richard Dawkins as a “game changer”.
Two for the price of one on View from the Rooftops today, one a crescent moon, and the other a sunset shot featuring the Granaries.