There are few summer sounds as pleasant as that of leather hitting willow in a Test Match.
But how much better if the thwack of ball against bat is accompanied by the clink of glasses and the noise of plates and bowls being cleared.
And that is especially true if the drinks being supped and the food being scoffed are of high quality, which has invariably been the case when I’ve visited Edgbaston over recent years.
Once again I’m looking forward to enjoying a day of great cricket, great food, great drink and convivial company at the famous stadium – this time in the Warwickshire Suite as a guest of Keith Prowse, the hospitality provider for venues, events and stadia across the country.
I’ll be there on Saturday August 19 for the third day of the England v West Indies match.
Already I’m looking forward to seeing captain Joe Root’s new-look England team in battle against one of the world’s great cricketing nations.
And it will be great to be there as history is being made, for the encounter will be the first ever day-night Test held in the UK – complete with a pink ball.
I’m looking forward, too, to a splendid pre-play lunch.
What’s on the menu
I’ve pretty much chosen my dishes from an absolutely fantastic menu packed with tempting meaty, fishy and veggie options.
First up will be the intriguing flavours and textures of chai-smoked haddock, quail egg, haddock milk, salted pistachio and fermented carrot, no doubt accompanied by a crisp chilled white.
Next a glass of good red with lamb loin, pressed shoulder, carrot and swede mash, glazed onion, dauphinoise potato, crisp potato, peas, and rosemary jus – a dish that showcases my favourite meat.
Then it will be a refreshing lemon mousse with strawberry puree, Szechuan meringue, lemon puree, white chocolate crumble and baby basil, followed by a cheeseboard.
From past experience I know all the wines will be good and the conversation will be engaging.
A few hours of cricket will follow watched from the great seats on the third-tier of the Pavillion.
Tea will include homemade focaccia sandwiches, homemade cake, tear-and-share scone, fruit preserve and clotted cream.
And, as day turns to night and the Edgbaston floodlights illuminate some gripping cricket, we’ll look forward to warm savoury pies afterwards.
Add to this an all-inclusive bar and a talk by an international player and the day promises to be a cricket and food lover’s heaven.
Keith Prowse offers a range of hospitality packages at the Edgbaston ranging in price from £159 to £359.
You can find out more about hospitality at this and other Edgbaston matches at https://www.keithprowse.co.uk/edgbaston/england-v-west-indies/warwickshire-suite/warwickshire-suite-individual-place/?sid=6164&utm_source=paul%20fulford&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=edgbaston%20test%20match