I spent yesterday afternoon at Old Trafford, where Lancashire were taking on Kent in a 40 over match. (I decline to use the terms Lancashire Lightning or Kent Spitfires).
With Lancashire strongly placed, rain intervened and like most fans I adjourned to the bars area, where the TV screens were showing coverage of England's one day international at Lord's. Since the recent 20/20 debacles, Lancashire County Cricket Club have been getting brickbats from all quarters, and yesterday was to show once again the problems some in the cricket world have in their attitudes towards the paying public.
Firstly, it was impossible to hear the PA system in the bar area. What would have happended in case of fire I don't know, but the only way you could hear announcements as regards possible further play was to walk back out into an uncovered area. As the rain was light, and the England v Australia match was at a critical stage, most fans stayed in the ground, even after Luke Wright's dismissal on the small screen. Indeed most fans outside the bars were unaware Lancashire's match had been abandoned until the staff stopped serving and pulled down the shutters.
Given the number of full or broadly full pints, and that England's match was at a crucial stage with five overs remaining, it would not have hurt Lancashire to allow fans to stay in the ground, finish their pints, and watch England's last pairing, Paul Collingwood and James Anderson, hopefully put up some resistance. Instead a G4S security guard following orders, switched off each TV screen.
"We've had your money, now piss off home" is the message.