LETTER; Ashes Test

It could have been a different story

On Thursday morning last week, as I drove to County Hall, I was happy to be delayed by hordes of excited cricket fans making their way to Trent Bridge for the start of the fourth Investec Ashes Test.

I opened my office window at around 11am to hear a succession of loud roars from England fans as Australian wickets tumbled, seemingly by the minute.

I then learned that most of those wickets were being taken by Nottinghamshire’s own Stuart Broad with astonishing figures of eight for 15 in the Australian first innings, passing a career landmark of 300 Test wickets and equalling the fastest five-wicket haul in a Test.

As I wrote this letter, Nottinghamshire’s home ground looked likely to be the venue where the England team completed a magnificent Ashes series win (editor’s note: this later became true as England won the match inside three days to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series). This leads me to reflect that if the Conservative administration at Nottinghamshire County Council had not funded a new scoreboard, then Trent Bridge would not have been considered for future Test matches and this enthralling drama would have been unfolding elsewhere.

By helping to preserve Trent Bridge’s Test status, the economy of Nottinghamshire and the wider area has benefited.

Councillor Kay Cutts

Conservative Group Leader on Notts County

Council.