Day 73 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Sunday, 14th March 2021

Today is Mother’s Day! My son is an early riser so there was never going to be a lie-in. We ended up spending the morning in the kitchen, listening to books on CD (Zog and the Flying Doctors, Dr Seuss read by Ade Edmonson and Rik Mayall) with Match of the Day and sport in the background. It was really nice with the sun streaming in the kitchen. I also made a beetroot and chocolate cake.

What: Writing to my Pen Pal
Organisation: Volunteering Matters

I wrote my first letter to Lady A today. Initially, I was afraid that I wouldn’t have much to say, but it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was able to tell her about what I do and where I live, and because I volunteer with so many different organisations, I’ve decided to tell her about one charity per letter – that will see me have something to talk about for a lot of letters to come! Today, I told her all about Cricket Without Boundaries. Lady A lives up in Wrexham, so I’m really excited to see if she supports the football team. With her living in Wales, it’s highly likely that she might be a rugby fan, as the Welsh love their rugby. As a Bristol Rovers fan, I’ve seen them play Wrexham over the years, even though Wrexham are now sitting towards the top of the Conference League and Rovers are languishing at the bottom of League one – with that in mind, there’s every chance our teams will be playing one another next year.

In other news, England were back playing India in the cricket, and it’s safe to say that India came back with a vengeance, beating England by seven wickets in a pretty convincing run chase. My only problem with this series is that whoever wins the toss tends to field first, and then goes on to win the match. This is because the pitch seems to deteriorate really quickly, making it hard for the bowlers to spin or skid the ball, so the balls that batsmen are facing in the second innings are a lot easier to predict and a lot easier to hit – ergo, it's easier for batsmen to hit the ball if the pitch is a bit shoddy. If this is the case, then basically whoever wins the toss will probably win, which is kind of depressing. I find it difficult to understand why, in a country that is so passionate about cricket, the pitches are so poorly-prepared. Anyway, next match is next Tuesday and hopfully it will be on a decent pitch.