Date: Friday 22nd April, 2011
Location: The Swalec Stadium Cardiff
Madness: I went up to Cardiff to watch Day 3 of the 4-dayer between Glamorgan CCC and Surrey CCC and have, what I thought would be a pretty chilled out day in the stands observing my darling Glamorgan try to save the match against Surrey, captained by the much-adored-by-females Rory Hamilton-Brown. When I arrived, after a brief chat with my mate who I refer to as “Luminous Steward Phil,” (look out for him next time Glammy fans and say hi!) I wandered up to the Media Centre to say hello to my buddy from the Western Mail Gareth (@gazg2000) – a man with more contacts than a short-sighted spider! (Now that’s a thinker!) Gareth introduced me to the great Edward Bevan (@EdBevanCricket), a man who has been reporting on cricket for BBC Radio Wales for 29 years. I got to see exactly how it’s done and even had a 5 minute interview recorded with him discussing my ebook! My alter ego @LilMissAshes (Twitter) managed to get an extra 30 followers in about 15 minutes!
A little bit later I was lucky enough to chat for about 20 minutes live on BBC London about it. Managed to impress some listening cricketers telling them what film stars I compare them to in the ebook. Also got a bit of commentary in on the game in front of us! Thank you Huw Waters of Glamorgan CCC for inspiring me with my Dizzy Nightwatchman 200 comment. Although me being me, and having a memory of goldfish material, told everyone that if you bat at 3 you’re the Johnny Depp of the team. All those who have read my book know that Russell Crowe bats at 3, and Johnny Depp bats at 6! Oops! Sorry for all those poor number 3 batsmen out there who had been using it as a pick-up line! Still, Russell Crowe’s still alright isn’t he? Just think Russell Crowe the Gladiator not Russell Crowe Robin Hood! Anyways, managed to get an extra 30 followers again on Twitter! The power of radio and the net is immense! FYI.
Anyways, managed to get a little taster day of my ideal job, reporting and commentating on the beautiful sport that is cricket. I still have my dream of viewers pressing the famous ‘red button’ and switching to alternative cricket commentary with myself and a fellow, much more famous cricket fan, Lily Allen (@lilyroseallen). One day chaps, one day I’ll be there. You’ll be able to tune into me and listen to my dulcet tones discussing crap field placings and how I would do it differently with my oh-so-extensive cricket experience of 6 years, whilst looking through my binoculars and admiring the stance of some random hottie fielding the other side of the ground. Did I say stance? I meant ass.