KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Chart-topping pop-group Scouting for Girls swapped their instruments for cricket bats to brave batting against England’s James Anderson and Tim Bresnan at the Home of Cricket, last week.
The group's three members were then treated to a private tour by the Ashes stars as a 'thank you' for playing at the Professional Cricketers Association dinner that evening.
They stopped by the Lord's Museum for a look at the real Ashes Urn - the starting point for the official Lord's Tour - which Bresnan and Anderson will be playing for this winter.
Singer Roy Stride, bassist Greg Churchouse and drummer Peter Ellard are huge cricket fans and visited Lord’s during England’s Test match with Pakistan earlier in the summer.
Despite performing to sell-out audiences in venues all over the world, the group were clearly in awe of the surroundings at the Home of Cricket:
"It’s beautiful isn’t it? It’s the best ground in the world." said Stride.
"It’s amazing being here, it’s a beautiful place to be.
"Look at where we’re standing here (home team dressing room balcony), it’s the stuff of childhood dreams to come here and play cricket with some of the England players.
"I’d definitely swap our success to score a century at Lord’s for England, I think you always would.
"But I’ve always read that sportsmen want to be musicians so maybe we can swap."
The band, originally from Ruislip in London, were making a second trip to NW8 in a matter of weeks, and see themselves as something of a good luck charm for England.
"We were here when Stuart Broad got his hundred and we were here for the Ashes win in 2009 so whenever we come to Lord’s England do well." they added.
"I think that means that the ECB should let us in free to every cricket match - we should be the England band!"