17 July 2009
This article is dedicated to the blokes who won the 'Johnnie Walker, Local to Lords' competition. I received a complementary Johnnie Walker Baggy Red for my efforts to assist Splendid Communications with the campaign, and here is the official write up for the blokes and their adventure!
All they need now is for Aussie to win this Test match! Epic stuff!
Having been to visit Lords last year for a tour of the ground and seeing the incredible history and significance of it, I can confirm these guys have ended their journey at a big event! Sometime I will share my experience of Lord's with you guys!
'Following an epic and pioneering journey around the world, two Melbourne lads have completed the Johnnie Walker Local to Lord’s cricketing adventure with their arrival in London for the 2nd test of the npower Ashes Series 2009.
Rick Liston, 24, and Josh Ogilvie, 28, both from Healesville, Victoria, began their overland expedition in Australia on April 24th with the task of taking cricket from their local pub in Victoria, through Asia, Mongolia and Russia and onto London for the npower Ashes Series.
Armed with a cricket bat signed by the Australian team and a pair of custom made Johnnie Walker baggy red caps, Rick and Josh have introduced cricket to local people through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Mongolia and Russia before getting to London where they are guests at cricket’s spiritual home – Lord’s to watch Australia take on England in the 2nd test of the npower Ashes Series 2009.
Rick and Josh managed to clock up over 30 games of impromptu cricket along the way in locations as diverse as the Mekong River, Great Wall of China and the back streets of Ho Chi Minh city. Upon their arrival at Lord’s the two adventurers were given behind the scenes access to the Australian team’s pre-match training session where they met Australian bowler Stu Clark.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Lloyd Major – 0450 351 855.'
For a very brief view on yesterday's play:
Yesterday was a tough day for the boys of the Baggy Green, but we had a great fightback after the Cook/Strauss partnership was finally broken up!
Hilfy was terrific, again, with the ball, and hopefully today Mitch, Sid's and our part-timer's can take to the field on day 2 and raise the intensity levels to snuff out those last 4 English batsmen! Our strike bowlers have been very wayward, and it is crucial that our guys kick back into gear, because they have been really outstanding with the duties they have been given for Australian Test cricket!
Andrew Strauss holds the key, who is still unbeaten on an impressive 161* not out. With the exception of Alastair Cooks(95), he led the way as a young Captain by experience, after his middle order were easily picked out by our bowlers.
Day 2 will be another big day in this Ashes series, as right now the standing is that England, possibly, have the edge with Strauss still there.
History follows in our wake, which places a battle for pride for our team!
Plenty cricket to follow!
Don't forget that Chris Stocks is at Lord's and keeping exclusive watchfullness on the match, with interviews too in his Extra Cover column with various player's in the Ashes series!
CLICK HERE for Chris' site, if you've yet to take your browser over there!
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