The husband has always said that if we were ever to go and watch a sports match together as a family that it would be cricket. It’s one of those sports we play down the park with the kids and one of the few that they can actually watch on TV and not hear any naughty words being shouted. It’s a real game of sportsmanship and thanks to Nissan we got the chance to watch a game of cricket together at Lords.
It wasn’t just any old game either; it just happened to be the sold out England vs. India Women’s Cricket World Cup Final. The idea of taking my cricket loving 3-year-old daughter to watch women play was one which filled me immensely with joy. Oli loved the idea and was quite excited about attending his first cricket game, and the man could not wait to tick ‘a visit to Lords’ off his bucket list.
We had a slight hiccup at the start of our day as our babysitter cancelled on us, so we had the choice between cancelling or bringing Dylan with us. Nissan and ICC went out of their way to change our seats to disabled ones when we found out we couldn’t keep Dylan in his pram and sit in the family stand. His autism means he just about copes with the environment around him as long as he’s in the comfort of his pushchair so we cannot thank them enough for doing this!
Before we went and sat down for the match, we had some fun in the Nissan family area, and Charlotte got match ready with some flags face paint. There are lots of screens all over the place, so we didn’t miss any of the game while we were here having some fun and chill time away from the main area.
The kids were indeed amazed by the sight of watching this game they enjoy playing themselves being played right in front of them. They cheered, they clapped and really got into the spirit of spectating. Everyone around us was so friendly and this only added to the family friendly atmosphere we felt the moment we walked into Lords.
The great thing and the man pointed this out to me was our ability just to get up and go and do something else with the option of returning at any point to our seats. So when the children started to get restless, we were able to change the scenery and go and check out what else was on offer around the ground for the kids to do.
After grabbing some lunch (kudos for the kid’s range of hot dogs & wedges) we headed back to our seats to watch the rest of the match. The sun had come out to play too which was welcoming, it one of those typical British weather days where one minute we were reaching for the raincoats and the next we were rubbing in the suncream!
The game had started to heat up, and as the final was coming to an end, it looked at all odds that India had the world cup in the bag. Negotiating the run rate with ease it would take something special to lose it. Enter Shrubsole. The England pace bowler bowled a spell worthy of legendary status taking wicket after wicket, stumps crashed and catches taken as India crumbled under the pressure she exerted. Believing until the end, England had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Charlotte & Oli’s excitement has gone to a whole new level, joining in with the crowd chants and Charlotte’s shouts of ‘You can do it England’ had us mega proud of our patriotic little girl.
The atmosphere around the ground was fantastic; the kids were ecstatic and joyfully celebrating with all those around them. It was one of those moments that I’m glad we shared as a family.
The best part (after winning) was watching the England ladies get their medals and lift the cup. We were so proud of these women, and by this point, they had certainly captured the heart of my sports mad children.
It looked like the lades were doing a victory lap and Oli said it would be pretty cool to high five and congratulate them. We explained how they were very busy and how they could wave at them if they walked past. What happened next made what was already an amazing day even more memorable and priceless.
Anya Shrubsole saw the kids and came over for a high five and if that wasn’t enough Katherine Brunt came over with the cup in hand and asked Charlotte if she wanted to hold it! I was already emotional at witnessing and being with my daughter as England win the world cup for the 4th time, but this just finished me off, through tears I watched as my three year old got to hold the ICC Women’s World Cup trophy.
As if that wasn’t enough of a treat for the kids, all under 16s were given a free cricket bat and ball on our way out. We ended the day in applause of how well the children were treated from start to finish and how they catered for families.
We can not thank Nissan enough for inviting us to come along, and so many more thank yous go to Lord’s cricket ground, ICC, England cricket and especially all the ladies that took the time to talk to my children and letting them be a part of their celebrations.
Since we got back home it’s all Charlotte’s talked about, my cricket fan interest in cricket has exploded, our living room has turned into a cricket cage, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s some video highlights including photos from our day at Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017…
Disclosure: Nissan kindly provided us with our tickets for the day.