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It was so Exciting
June 01, 2015
Hello,

For those who missed it, the final day of the first test match between England and New Zealand was played a week ago today. I am talking about a game of cricket – a game that hardly captures the public mind as other sport activities do (compared to the Olympics or football for example), but it still retains some place in the attention of the country.

Before I continue, I should say that cricket is not a particularly favoured game of mine. I have no great interest in following results or indeed watching it. The game seems somewhat laboured to me and is often unexciting – boring even,

But that is the point. Because by common consent, this final day (out of five days – yes each test cricket match is five days long) – was perhaps the most exciting full day of cricket ever. I will spare you the details but in the end, England won the game and their victory was in doubt all the way through, while over most of the previous four days, they looked to be heading for a typically drawn out defeat.

My congratulations to all those cricket fans who were there that day. All the previous days of their life time of cricket match attendance - of quiet interest, easy distraction and yes tedium – was gloriously repaid. And in doing so it has reminded us all of a simple truth – that all that is truly worthwhile must be earned. And that you cannot expect such a sublime full day of intense and sustained sporting excitement without all of that you had previously endured and yes enjoyed.

best wishes
Andrew


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