There are two well known ways to end an English drought. The first is to appoint a Minister for drought, or declare an official drought with policies to tackle it.
The second is for twenty four grown men to put on white clothes and for thirteen of them to stride purposefully into the middle of a grass area with ten sticks placed in the centre. Eleven MPs assembled with two umpires to do just this on Friday. Down came the rain.
We were very disappointed. We wanted to play a game of cricket for the charity Chance to Shine, to spread cricket widely through our community. It was the first time the Lords and Commons had been invited to play at Lords since 1939. Some of us were very conscious of the honour of playing at such a great ground, one that our very modest cricket abilities and lack of training and practice would have prevented us achieving . Nonetheless we trust we helped the charity, and loved the ground and its facilities seen for the first time from the player’s side. I would like to thank all involved. Perhaps a special thank you is due to Ed Balls who made the whole event so newsworthy.