1479: The Eve of #ENGvNZ

Another northern beer –
Timothy Taylor’s
and a decent steak
with Lord Rees
in a pint-sunk pub
in Upper Shincliffe
as our slow prelude
to Chester-le-Street
and England’s cricketers
in whitened armour
taking eyed guard
and aim at hard balls
bowled by
other hemisphere men –
a southern arm set fast
here up north –
it could go either way

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