Afternoon all (for those of u in Europe - elsewhere, who knows!)
So it's been a while since my last post, so i'll try to go chronologically through all the stuff that's happened to me since that first day of the Champs League:
Tuesday 20th September - Monday 26th Septmeber
Alarm went off at 4am for me to begin the long, arduous journey to Manchester Airport. I had to drive from my place in Lancaster, pick my mum up, drive to her friends and drop my car off there, he drove us to the airport and we ended up at the wrong terminal... bad start and i'm in a bad mood already thanks to having about 3 hours sleep!
Anyway, we finally get to terminal 2, do all the formalities and end up in the bar at about 8am. Now tradition states that you must (and I do mean MUST) have a beer at the airport before u go away... so reluctantly I order a stella for me and a glass of white for the mommatron. She also wants some breakfast. 1 pint of stella + 1 small glass of house white + 1 bacon barm = £16.75 WTF???!!!
Gets on the plane, watches some shocker of a movie, eat some very average food and get bored for the next 9 hours... (for some strange and unkown reason I cannot sleep on planes. I have no idea why and it's incredibly annoying, but anyway!)
Right, so now the drama begins: Get's to the Dominican and u have to pay an "imigration tax" (basically it has to be 10 dollars in and 20 dollars out, only cash and no change - so u can only guess where that goes) fill in a bunch of pointless forms, get stared at by a bunch of mean looking dudes with guns and try to find a taxi to get to the hotel....
Try to picture the scene; 2 tourists asking for a taxi in a very foreign land - no communication to speak of, the guy takes us on a half mile walk away from the airport terminal to his "taxi" - he takes our bags then opens the door for us... lying on the footwell in the drivers seat is (and i'm not exagerating) a 4 foot machette! This knife is 1 of the scaariest things I have ever seen!! And so begins the longest taxi ride (and the scariest 20 minutes) of my life! He could be taking us anywhere and we could never be seen again....
Fortunately we turn up at the hotel (glorious) and have a brilliant time just chilling out! It's the most beautiful part of the world I have ever had the fortune to visit. We do nothing other than drink at the beach bar, lie (in the beds) on the beach and lounge in the pool. Fantastic!
However for some reason I begin to lose my cool about not betting or looking at the CLT20 scores. For the first 4 days I didn't even pick up my phone, but I get itchy fingers and begin to check how things are going. Firstly it's jst the cricinfo app, but I begin to get it into my head that I can trade the games on my phone using nothing other than ibetmate and cricinfo. What a stupid, ridiculous, horrible, cocky, immature thought that was! On the day we were leaving I lost just over 800 quid and it felt horrible knowing that i'd basically just doubled the cost of my part of our trip to the Caribbean. What a f00king idiot!
So a 9 hour flight plus a 3 hour wait (because some idiot in a suit somewhere decided that people need 3 hours to check in for a transatlantic flight and only 2 for a european flight - genius u!) in a thatched airport with 1 waiting area for all departures with that stupid loss playing on my mind. We get on the plane and there's these IDIOTS with 'hand luggage' the size of my suitcase trying to get it in the overhead compartments then kicking off at the air stewardess when she explains they shouldn't have it on the plane and it doesn't fit
The pilot comes on the comm and says "we appear to be 7 tonnes overweight (gee I wonder why?! ) so we're going to have to add another 2 tonnes of fuel or we'll be running on fumes around ireland." Another hour wait and finally the fat plane tanks down the runway annd somehow manages to get these fat, annoying, imbeciles off the ground and away we go (travelling disturbingly close to the bermuda triangle ((which I try to explain to some idiot only for him to not understand - go figure!)) )
Wednesday 28th September
We land at 7am, i've been up about 18 hours and now have to navigate the m60 at rush hour (think the northern version of the m25) which pretty much caps off my miserable day... oh... no wait there's more...
I get back to lancaster with the time around 10.30am - sleep or a brew and a T20... no contest
I get myself into a nice all green position of around 200 by ht - Then lay the chasing side (think it may have been NSW) when it appears obvious they're really struggling against a tight T&T bowling lineup (layed a bunch around 1.4 iirc. I had a position of about -200 + 1100 and then got another huge lay in at evs as the market flipped - got a bunch out at 1.8 T&T and then some more at 1.5x
So i'm sat with an all green of around 650 and i'm so happy to have got most of my stupid bet back at the first attempt. What happens... Rampaul bowls possibly the most ridiculous 20th over i've ever seen with no one on the deep mid wkt / deep sq leg fence. Words can't express the anger / frustration / despair I felt when they needed 2 off the last ball. I just knew it'd be a thai.
I'd made my mind up at least 18 months ago to never take tie ins as I felt it is nearly always bad value. I said to myself the greens and reds that were voided would even themselves out. Well the last couple of months have cost me around 3 grand on tie's and it really has hurt. I may need to re-evaluate this strategy...
I blew off the second game and went and got well and truly plastered! Venting and moaning at anyone who'd listen inbetween copious grolsh (can't spell it) blonde!
Not overly sure why, just thought i'd occasionally post the odd profit and loss
Cricket: -£297.49 Total P&L: -£297.49
Cricket Showing 1 - 5 of 5 markets
Market Start time Settled date Profit/loss (£)
Cricket / Chennai v Cape Cobras : Match Odds 28-Sep-11 15:30 28-Sep-11 19:03 202.76
Cricket / New South Wales v Trinidad + Tobago : One Over Eliminator 28-Sep-11 11:30 28-Sep-11 14:58 112.30
Cricket / Kolkata v South Australia : Match Odds 27-Sep-11 15:30 27-Sep-11 18:39 -801.27
Cricket / Mumbai Indians v Trinidad + Tobago : Match Odds 26-Sep-11 15:30 26-Sep-11 18:33 16.84
Cricket / Kolkata v Somerset : Match Odds 25-Sep-11 15:30 25-Sep-11 18:42 171.88
Thursday 29th - Friday 30th September
Had a good last few days with a couple of girls I know - 1 of which has left the most horrific bite marks on my shoulder, but hey ho! So... I'm back and prepared to have a really intense couple of weeks before my potentially permanent trip to the Canary Islands.
Good luck in the upcoming rugby and cricket matches peeps. It promises to be an exciting weekend all over the world!