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The Good old Cricket Tea

After an afternoon's hard slog, there's nothing better than to wander in from the field of play to a hearty tea.

Gone are the days, alas, when you would retire every week to your or your opponents home base to feast on chicken dippers, pizza, hot potatoes and continental style pasta salad.

The archetypal Nondies Tea is designed for portability - it cannot be guaranteed that there will be a pavilion to eat in (or even to get dressed in) so finger foods are a must. Sandwiches are the stock item - Cheese-and-something for the vegetarians, Ham-and-something for the normal people -with cake and crisps (don't forget the cheese and onion).

Drinks can be either very weak squash, if there are cups and clean water available, or all the beer and spirits blagged from a party the night before. In fact it's useful if you can get any parties that you throw or attend to coincide with 'your turn'.

If your turn comes around, as it inevitably does, here is a handy shopping guide to help you compose the 'Perfect Tea' at a sensible price.

Tactical Teas

If it hasn't already been decided prior to the toss a well timed Tea can give your team a certain edge.

Example A:

Example B:

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