The Pimms flows at ‘out-back’ Oval party

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IF you’re “out the back” with SACA mem­bers, there’s a good chance you’re com­pletely obliv­i­ous to the cricket match tak­ing place nearby.

The first Test be­tween Aus­tralia and In­dia is mostly an af­ter­thought for those in the stylish area known as the Vil­lage Green, which is brim­ming with gen­er­a­tions of well­heeled South Aus­tralians en­joy­ing their an­nual so­cial catch-up.

“We watch a ball on the way in and a ball on the way out,” laughed Sophie Radley, 29, of Glenelg East, who ad­mit­ted to spend­ing most of her day with friends – and fel­low life­long Oval mem­bers – El­lie Bruce and Es­ther Bid­strup, re­lax­ing by a ta­ble un­der the colour­ful sails. De­spite the heat, the trio were putting their best fash­ion foot for­ward yesterday; even Ms Bruce, whose left foot is in a moon boot.

“There was ab­so­lutely no way I miss­ing the cricket,” said Ms Bruce, 28, of Nor­wood, who rolled her an­kle about seven weeks ago, re­quir­ing surgery.

“The at­mos­phere is great. It just feels like sum­mer com­ing to the Adelaide Test each year.

“You’ve got to stick to the strict dress codes while also stay­ing stylish and ap­pro­pri­ate for the ridicu­lously hot weather. But we’ll be here the whole five days. It’s what we were brought up do­ing.”

Pimms is the es­sen­tial drink of the Vil­lage Green, with a large tent ded­i­cated to serv­ing the fruity con­coc­tion to thou­sands of thirsty fans.

“Pimms is nice and re­fresh­ing – it’s a great sum­mer drink, it re­ally cools you down,” said Mimi Long, 21, of Burn­side, who was joined by friends Josh Edwards, Josephine Da Pra and Harry Abel Smith. The fu­ture of the Vil­lage Green set was also on show with twins Iso­bel and Pippa cel­e­brat­ing their sec­ond birth­day with mum Jus­tine Buchanan, 30, of Sea­cliff. It’s al­ready be­come an an­nual fam­ily tra­di­tion.

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

SILLY MID-ON: Sophie Radley, El­lie Bruce and Es­ther Bid­strup, above, and right, Jus­tine Buchanan with daugh­ters Iso­bel and Pippa,

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