Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sydney for 5-nil

An alcohol fueled discussion during the Boxing Day Test saw Charles and I decide to honour the Day 3 tickets we had for the Fifth Test in Sydney, and flights were booked. We flew out to Sydney early on Day 3, and arrived directly from the airport to the SCG.

Meeting Alizah and Dom at the gate, we made our way to our 'obtructed view' seats - which were all good. Sitting between two stands on the old hill, we could not see the replay scoreboard, but managed to be out of the sun all day. We settled in for the cricket, and before too long the wine started to flow.

With drinks flowing a little too fast, I started on the mission of getting us tickets for the following day - by harrassing the Barmy Army. One ticket scored at around cost price, and we were in business. We also had the word out to Flagger mates, and wheels were in motion.

The four of us meet Leilah after play, in a bit of a wine induced state, and followed on to the pub. Drinks and catch up with Leilah, and a much needed feed, were all good, and the night ended with a train home to Leilah's.

Day Four began with text messages from the Flagger crew, and our second ticket for the day's play was arranged. A little wary about the validity of the ticket purchased the day before, the stress levels were relieved once we were in. Sitting behind the bowlers arm near the sight screen, we were set to watch Australia win The Ashes 5-nil...

Wickets fell, the required runs were made, and 5-nil history was made. Farewells to Warne, McGrath and Langer, with mention of Martyn, were complete with laps, claps and ovations.

Celebrations commenced with drinks at the Fox and Lion at Fox Studios near the SCG, and carried on to The London. Miss Leilah come and joined the crew, and a large night ensued.

The next day, Charles and I headed into the city for a wander around Circular Quay and the Oprea House, before catching the ferry out to Watson's Bay. Fish and Chips in the sun in the beer garden overlooking the ocean and the cityscape, Leilah and Alison joined us for drinks, as the afternoon carried on, and sunset arrived.

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