It is a report about the first day of a county game. Sussex v Somerset at Hove. The scorecard of the days play rounds off the report. It's a simple report. It tells us what happened in the day, giving pride of place to the day's two exceptional performers - Marcus Trescothick and Piyush Chawla. Relevant recent histories of individual players and both competing teams are effortlessly woven into the report. Some context with respect to the situation in the county championship is provided. Its all very routine and unexceptional.
Even so, it draws you into the day's play as you read it. It tells you the story of what happened at the Cricket. When did it begin to appear that the tide was turning? When you reach the end of the report, you feel like you were there at the cricket. I can almost see in my minds eye, Justin Langer shaking his head in disgust at the LBW so early in his innings (possibly his first assertive stroke), half at the injustice of the decision, half at the fact that he missed the ball.
It was not an exceptional day of cricket. Nothing dramatic happened. The batting side reached 9/314, the opening batsman made a hundred and the leg spinner got 5 wickets (Piyush Chawla getting numbers 2-6 in the batting order). But it was enough for a seasoned old professional journalist who still writes match reports about County games.
Something for us to learn there...