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22nd July 2016

Plus 15 and dry when driving, rain overnight.

A record domestic crowd of over 27,000 people were at Lords last night to watch Middlesex beat Surrey in the T20 blast.

A cracking local derby full of atmosphere and noise. Taking two young cricketing fans was fun as you could soon see why this side of the game is so popular.

I normally go to Lords to watch a test match where the noise level is far more sedate; yes it is mostly busy but with an appreciative crowd who understand the 5 day game..

Last night it was full of young having a thoroughly good night out with music, big hitting and the big screens showing the game for what it should be.. There was nothing stuffy about last night .. it was fun..

Not such fun is getting there.. Trains from Banbury were running late; was it snow on the lines.. leaves or buckled because of the heat.. All I know it is that it was standing room only and hot!

Talking cricket.. The second Test against Pakistan starts today.. we need to win this one.

Tom Bellamy was in to ride out two lots around the roads this morning.. Kind of him.

Two days to top class flat racing start today at Ascot.

Ascot tomorrow hosts one of racings big show pieces; it is King George V1 day. Her Majesty The Queen could well benefit from Postponed demise with her horse Dartmouth. Disappointing that Postponed is unable to defend his crown but if Her Majesty The Queen were to win I am sure most will be very happy indeed.

Talking of racing show pieces Goodwood next week is one of my favourite meetings and sadly for the first time in many years I just might not be able to go down to that stunning racecourse.

Stuning racecourses..We have one runner this afternoon at Uttoxeter.

We are down to the last chance saloon with Rhianna. This well bred mare has not shown enough yet and needs to start doing so. David Bass rides and for my thought please click here.

Mat, Kerry and I are down to the last few hours/days of trying to write our open day brochure.. School report stuff. If you would like to place an advert then give Kerry a ring.. we have one slot left..

What is it with mowers?. Last week both broke down for odd reasons, but my ride on was back this week having been repaired and guess what it went wrong again last night.. Nobody enjoys slipping or breaking belts Mat? Cheltenham Garden Machinery do as they keep having to repair.. at great cost!!

A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little white Audi TT and was pulled over by a woman police officer, who was also a blonde.

The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver’s license. She dug through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated.

‘What does it look like?’ she finally asked. The Policewoman replied, ‘It’s square and it has your picture on it.’

The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman. ‘Here it is,’ she said.

The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, ‘OK, you can go. I didn’t realise you were a cop…’