Saturday 30 July 2016

Surrey vs Kent, T20, The Oval, South London

Surrey's Friday evening T20 matches at the Oval attract a raucous, but good-natured, crowd of city workers who make frequent visits to the industrial-scale bars churning out pints of Pimm's, beer, lager and cider. Now that the cheap plastic glasses have been replaced by better quality drinking vessels (with a deposit of £1 a glass), the crowd no longer construct elaborate "beer snakes". Instead, the cricket gets a bit more attention and enterprising kids (who can gain entry for a £1) go around collecting empty glasses and are rewarded handsomely for returning them to the bars.