Biblical rain and Somerset’s Nimrod

The weather forecast for Somerset’s RLODC 50-over match against Middlesex at Lord’s in 2017 was cataclysmic to biblical proportions. A series of low top order partnerships had led to much discussion among Somerset supporters about where in the top order Dean Elgar, Somerset’s then overseas player, should bat. His sharing of a name with England’s greatest composer (discuss) led to him being referred to by some as ‘Nimrod’. 

I penned a ditty to mark the prediction. The prediction of the forecasters and my poem came to pass and the question of Elgar’s batting position was never resolved.

Dean Elgar’s batting position for Somerset – Lord’s 17th May 2017

If Somerset lose the toss at Lord’s
May Elgar’s slot an enigma remain.
For in this match we’ll be off the sward
Within ten minutes in biblical rain.

Our Nimrod is down at four I’ll wager,
And if he takes guard before the rain
It’ll mean once more he comes in as saviour.
For, no variations, we’ll be two down again.

Now please don’t doubt me or look on askance
Lord’s will have more rain than wet season Samoa.
It’ll come down with great pomp and circumstance
For the first Nimrod was great-grandson of Noah.

First published on on 16th May 2017