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We want our ball back - Edgbaston Test 2017

This was the first day /night Test match to be played in Britain, also my first visit to Edgbaston and the first Test match i'd been to.

I went with a friend from work who had been to test matches before. We queued up behind Iron Man, Batman and two other super heroes. When we had got into the ground we grabbed a coffee and headed to our seats. Before we had reached our seats, a loud cheer echoed round the ground.

England had struck early on the day. Within half an hour of us getting our seats, England had the West Indies at 47-4, due to accurate bowling and dodgy running.

Wickets continued to tumble, a spirited 79 no by Blackwood spared the West Indies blushes in the first innings as they were all out for 168.

Joe Root enforced the follow on. West Indies had made 8-0 when the Eric Hollis stand erupted with a mass sing song of We Want our ball back. A security officer had confiscated a beach ball, Jesus was sent to get it, monks, priests, bananas, a pig, the army all went to get it. At this point no one was watching the cricket, even the players wanted to know about the ball. Eventually the guard gave the ball back, everybody cheered. Back to the cricket, Anderson and Roland Jones had sent Powell, Hope back, Moeen got a wicket via a referral. This signalled the tea interval. We queued up behind a mime artist and 2 Donald Trumps for a drink we headed back to our seats.

After tea Broad came back for another spell which saw him overtake Sir Ian Botham's record number of test wickets. By this time the end was in sight as Roland Jones got the last wicket. Stokes taking sharp catch in the slips. West Indies 137 all out.

England had won and taken 19 wickets in a day. The atmosphere was electric.

For me it was a great experience, although most times we had trouble seeing where the pink ball had gone and to see them playing at 8.30 under the lights was surreal. The fans were superb.

Simon (@sy968)

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