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Q: I’ve got one at home. They are cricket crazy. Cricket, cricket, cricket, cricket...
A: I think I get the idea, can we move along?
Q: Cricket, cricket. What can I do them for?
A: We have two distinct directions for the cricketing aficionado. There’s something for a doer and something for a looker.
Q: Oh they are definitely a looker, what can you provide?
A: How about a tour of the greatest place in the cricketing galaxy? The one and only Lords!
Q: No! You are pulling my appendage with that one. What goes on there?
A: This is a very special ‘lookaround’ at the home of cricket, seeing places and spots that are usually completely unseen by paying punters. You’ll witness the Pavilion, the Long Room, the dressing rooms, the Board of Honours and the MCC Museum, where you’ll view the original ashes urn.
Q: Great! Can I go when a game’s on and see the players getting their kit on (and off)?
A: Probably not. There are restrictions around match days and other events of that ilk. If you have a specific day in mind, or you wish to make a group booking, give us a call and we’ll try and sort something out.
Q: How long will they be inside Lords, the home of cricket?
A: The tour lasts around 100 minutes or so and then they can spend as long as they wish in the Lords shop (or as long as decency allows).
Q: And what was the other cricketing extravagance you had lined up?
A: Oh yes! I’d nearly forgotten! How about getting them a bespoke cricket bat constructed?
Q: What? Is that a thing?
A: A great thing. A master craftsman will construct a bat for you before your very eyes. You’ll pick the wood and then they’ll start to carve it. Soon you’ll have a bat made especially for you.
Q: Goodness, where is this master craftsman?
A: At the Somerset Cricket Club in Taunton, so you can have a nice look around before or after your bat’s been done.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Usually, a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches. If you’re playing cricket and end up with 65 and 70 stitches, something has gone very wrong.
  • 2. It’s reported that Australian Rules Football was originally designed to give cricketers something to play during the offseason. Have they never heard of a little something called Rounders? Jeez.
  • 3. The first recorded cricket game was played in 1646, with fines being handed out to those who missed church to take part. You can play cricket and pray at the same time – I do it all the time when watching England.
  • 4. In February 2009 England and West Indies played the shortest ever test match. Only ten balls were bowled before the match was then abandoned due to an unsafe outfield. Which sounds to me like a euphemism for tummy trouble, but I’m sure it wasn’t.
  • 5. Over-arm bowling introduced by John Willes, who learnt it from his sister. She found her skirt was getting in the way when she tried to bowl underarm, so switched. So it was a choice between changing bowling styles or introducing skirts to the game. I know which one I would have picked.
  • 6. In 1876-77 the English cricket team toured Australia, replacing a cancelled tour by Charles Dickens. Which must have come as quite a surprise to the book lovers in attendance.
  • 7. Cricketing great Geoffrey Boycott was the first player to face a ball in International One-day cricket. Though, knowing Geoff, I’m sure he never mentions this or any of his other achievements.
  • 8. English shepherds, are thought to be the first to discover cricket and used to play in front of a tree stump. Hence the origin of the term ‘stumps’. I thought it was because everyone was stumped by the way cricket is scored. Duckworth Lewis? What’s that?
  • 9. The first century in Test cricket was scored by Charlie Bannerman of Australia in 1877. Before that, I can’t imagine too many people could count to 100.
  • 10. The 1938 Alfred Hitchcock film Lady Vanishes features two characters that are obsessed with wanting to know the score of a Test Match. Just Google it. Idiots.