Chris Woakes may have hit his first Test century and Jimmy Anderson may have made a fool of those calling time on his career with another match-winning performance, but the real hero of England vs India at Lord’s was… insurance.
While England went on to rack up a comprehensive victory – by an innings and 159 runs to lead the Test series 2-0 – the first day was more of a damp squib, or rather an extremely wet one. The Met Office’s forecast at the time was around 95% chance of rain – and rain it did, prompting Lord’s owner Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to refund cricket fans in what was described as the venue’s first washout since 2001.
“Please allow 30 days for your refund to be processed,” it said on the online guidance for ticket holders. “Full details of the refund scheme are on the reverse of your ticket.”
Fear not though, Lord’s was not left out of pocket from the experience. According to The Telegraph, the approximately £2 million refund cost will be covered by rain insurance. It’s not clear who provides the cover for MCC – but whoever it is deserves a tip of the hat, or at least of the umbrella.