As a red-blooded American, I was slightly surprised, but excited, to see an NFL game here in London this past weekend
But where did I spend my Sunday? Not explaining third-down conversions or play action. Instead, I had a very proper introduction to the institution that is Cricket.
I, along with 6 other MBA students, participated in Silver Sunday at the Mecca of Cricket, Lords.
Silver Sunday is an annual initiative by the City of Westminster to engage our 65 year + neighbors. We were lucky enough to join in one of the events – a tour of Lords, followed by tea (obviously), and an inter-generational cricket match.
Lords is just around the corner from LBS, and has just celebrated it’s 200th anniversary (how many NFL stadiums can say the same?). Matches can last anywhere from 3 hours to 5 days – mind-boggling for someone with a 4-quarter attention span!
Our companions for the day were local seniors, with various levels of cricket-fandom. Many were visiting Lords for the very first time, but we also had a former professional Scottish player who was happy to explain the rules!
By the way – are you interested in a membership at this lovely field? You better get a head start – there’s currently a 29 year wait list (after a referral from a current member, and an interview to demonstrate your true love of the game!). The good news- ladies are welcome as well, at least as of 1999!