My family and Chris Gayle
Yesterday we took our son and his friend out of school a WHOLE 15 mins EARLY to come here.
Wormsley cricket ground in Buckinghamshire is where I spent a glorious afternoon watching two brothers and two nephews play a game of cricket they’ll never forget.
What a chance to see my family playing with the great cricketer, Jamaican Chris Gayle, arguably the best in the world, and Dwayne Bravo from Trinidad who’s right up there too.
Wormsley has the most wonderful lawn I’ve ever seen and a stunning view over gentle rolling Buckinghamshire countryside.
Two of my nephews looking fit to burst with pride. You don’t often get a chance to have a Masterclass like this! I was so proud of them rising to the challenge and having the guts to get out there and play with a real champion. And WHAT a nice guy too – he didn’t stop smiling all afternoon and seemed to love signing the kids’ bats and shirts as well as answering their questions and chatting with them.
There wasn’t much point in my nephew running, Mr Gayle was hitting six after six!
What a cool customer – why waste energy when you don’t have to?
In the break I got a chance to hang out with Chris and get a Masterclass of my own in how to be the best at whatever you do.
1. Practise ALOT
2. Visualise yourself winning
3. Put everything aside when you go onto the pitch and flick an internal switch so you are 100% focused
4. Enjoy yourself
My brother retiring after a decent innings
Chris Gayle going in to bat
Brother heading for the tea tent!
All this time, my son and his friend (aged 11 and only here for the food) were in deep discussion about Superheroes and their girlfriends (WAGS). A lull in conversation and friend looks vaguely out at the pitch. He asks,
“Which one is your Uncle then?”
“He’s the Doorstop” replies son.
Tomorrow is my parents’ 58th Wedding anniversary. They are sort of hoping for a telegram (or Instagram) from The Queen. I’ve explained she just does birthdays and anyway Her Majesty will be buried too far beneath her own second pile in two months to send them an anniversary card. I do think they deserve one though. All you have to do to get to 100 is just stay alive, but living with someone for such a long time is a bloody miracle in my books. Just thought I should have called it Over Half a Century and Not Out!
It was great to see them at the cricket match, drinks in hand and enjoying the game. They aren’t as robust as in previous years, but thrilled to chat with a couple of their cricketing heroes.
I’ve drawn them a cartoon because my Mum said it was a perfect day APART FROM her not being able to see the action close up.
So if you see an older couple tottering along the road hand-in-hand wearing battered straw hats, please don’t show them this until the postman arrives with their card tomorrow. Thanks.
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