The. second of the One-Day Internationals, between England and Pakistan, turned out to be a nail-biter, primary due to England’s poor performance in the field.Â Pakistan batted first and knocked up a respectable 294 for 8 with Broad taking 4 for 81.Â England started well enough with captain, Strauss scoring 126, supported partway by Trott with 53.Â In the end England and won by four wickets but left it to the last over winning with three balls to spare.Â
Having written that I feel perhaps that I owe an apology to the majority of my readers who come from overseas.Â I should explain that cricket is an obsessionÂ with many Englishmen – even the photograph at the beginning of this blog is ofÂ me wearing an MCC cap, pouring out champagne at the last Ashes match against Australia, at the mecca of cricket, Lord’s cricket ground -Â unless you are an aficionado, the above entry, and others like it, will mean absolutely nothing to you.Â I can only apologize and suggest you do not bother to read them in future..
Hurrah, my Toshiba has been returned at last,.Â Almost 4 weeks to the day and with the MND Association Â around Â£400Â lighter, since it was sent for repair.Â That will teach me to be more careful where I put my teacup.Â
My good neighbour, ex-accountant, Edward Oliver, very kindly came round as afternoon to check over the horrendous tax demand I had received.Â It was particularly important this year in the light of the 6 million letters being sent out by H. M. Revenue where they admitted they had either overÂ or under charged the taxpayer.Â As I had suspected, and thankfully Edward confirmed, Â H M. Revenue owe me a substantial refund,.rather than the other way round. Accordingly, I have appealed. Watch this space!. ..