Accident & Emergency departments were put on the highest alert yesterday morning at the start of two whole days without sport. With Wimbledon finishing on Sunday and The Ashes not beginning until Wednesday, reports have been coming in of cack-handed men emerging from the sofa to tackle the backlog of DIY, often with devastating results.
‘We warned that this would happen’, said Liz Matthews of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, ‘The start of the cricket season overlapped nicely with the end of the football, and the under 21 tournament segued nicely into Wimbledon, but this gap was always a concern. We urged the authorities to arrange a darts tournament or even just a snooker friendly, but they wouldn’t listen. And now it’s carnage out there’