Summer, Cider, Cricket. The great traditions of our British nation. All going hand in hand and in no bigger way than the start of the Ashes this summer. At 11am on the 8th of July at The Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, the first ball of the 2015 Ashes will be bowled, and the first sip of Cider will be drunk in what promises to be an enthralling series.
A devastating and ruthless Australian side return to English soil to retain the Urn they won so comprehensively in their 5-0 drubbing in 2013/14. However, England with their new Australian coach and their side too finding their feet and swagger will hope to bounce back with the support of the Barmy Army.
Batsmen will come and go, bowlers will live and die by the sword, one nation will bask in glory while another will be left dejected. However, with your opening partner, and personal choice of real cider the ride will be smooth and enjoyable, a blistering century or 5 wicket haul will always conclude with your most trustee of companions until the next mornings play.
Cricket, with its lunch and tea intervals, all-day action and gentle pace is a sport that lends itself kindly to the British public and the cider drinker. An opportunity to enjoy the easy drinking and refreshing taste of real cider throughout the day is a thought that provides as much excitement as the cricket itself.
Come on England, give us something to celebrate, otherwise it will be a long summer drowning our sorrows.