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The County Championship Round 8

Several rounds of the T20 Blast in and we had a round of the County Championship, well 16 of the 18 counties did anyway. I’m starting this on Day 3 of 4 and can see that 2 of the 8 games have been won, both of those in Division 2. Day 3 is also the day that Johnny Bairstow played […]

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Saracens v Harlequins – The Premiership Semi-Final

What could be better than a sunny day, A Premiership Semi-Final and a local derby at that! It was definitely cricket weather for this match up. Quins fans travelled across London in numbers, it was great to catch up with some of my avid Quins fan friends. Harlequins had proved the naysayers wrong and backed up their Premiership Final win […]

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Essex Eagles v Hampshire

My second T20 of the season saw Essex’s second win, they’d travelled to Taunton to make 139 for 9 in the 18 available overs. Michael Pepper and Matt Critchley put on 76 for the 3rd wicket but it all went wrong after that. Pepper scored 37 from 24 and Critchley 60 from 38. But the other 9 scored 14 and […]

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The County Championship 2022 – Round 7

Round 7 saw 7 games of cricket, 4 in Division and 3 in Division 2, how much of a difference would the toss make this week? I’m starting on Day 1, so an early look at what occurred. Day 2 saw rain turn up across the country, a busy day had me keeping an eye on the BBC App, I […]

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The County Championship 2022 – Round 1

Having spent a weekend in Paris in glorious sunshine in Mid-March, Spring decided it wasn’t quite ready to arrive fully and the first day of the new County Championship season saw me dressed in thermals as if I was going to watch a rugby match! It was COLD! The wind being the biggest issue in Chelmsford, the ‘new’ floodlights swaying […]

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Sale Sharks v Saracens – with more Salary Cap stuff

Salary Cap news over recent weeks has put some of the glare and ire back on Saracens, who will be known as the team that were relegated due to irregularities over a couple of years. The fall out 2 years ago very nearly saw me turn away from this game, one I love watching and a club I love supporting, […]

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Saracens v Bristol Bears – The Showdown

My first experiences of watching professional sport on a regular basis happened standing on the terraces at White Hart Lane as a teenager, those were the days of rocking up and paying your money then trying to stay on your feet, in my case, while watching a game of football. That was in the mid to late 70’s and a […]

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Saracens v Harlequins – The Premiership Semi-Final

What could be better than a sunny day, A Premiership Semi-Final and a local derby at that! It was definitely cricket weather for this match up. Quins fans travelled across London in numbers, it was great to catch up with some of my avid Quins fan friends. Harlequins had proved the naysayers wrong and backed up their Premiership Final win […]

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The Joys of Being a Saracens Fan, Toxic Media and Thinking before you Type

It’s been a torrid few weeks to be an England and Saracens fan, a time that started with such hope saw a crowd of us rock up at Allianz Park at 8am on a Saturday morning to watch England win the World Cup. That didn’t quite go to plan as South Africa pretty much did to us what we did to the All Blacks, perhaps Warren Gatland was right and England had put in their all in that astonishing semi-final. Losing Kyle Sinckler after 2 minutes didn’t help. But the match literally personified the rugby saying – The forwards decide who’s going to win the match, the backs by how much – England were out muscled from minute one. Although […]

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Pakistan v India – The Cricket World Cup

This was one I couldn’t write while I was watching, the long awaited match between Pakistan and India. I drove up from Taunton through torrential rain, heading to Manchester a place renowned for rain at the best of times! Saturday evening was spent with some of my Stani Army friends at a restaurant in Wilmslow, Lal Qila followed by ice […]

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The County Championship Round 9

Week 9 of the County Championship came in the midst of the T20 Blast it also coincided with Covid catching up with me meaning I missed out on both Essex beating Surrey in the Blast and Day 1 of the CC match against Hampshire. More of that later as it was the first match of the round to finish. England […]

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Essex Eagles v Sussex Sharks

Something special happened at the Could County Ground when Ravi Bopara and his Sharks came to town. I still can’t get used to Ravi playing for another team, I’m not a fan of that, at all! Ravi won the toss and elected to field, he was asked who’d returned to the team and to my delight, as a fan of […]

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The County Championship Round 8

Several rounds of the T20 Blast in and we had a round of the County Championship, well 16 of the 18 counties did anyway. I’m starting this on Day 3 of 4 and can see that 2 of the 8 games have been won, both of those in Division 2. Day 3 is also the day that Johnny Bairstow played […]

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Essex Eagles v Middlesex

I’m going to try to write this one as the game goes along; Saracens, my rugby union team play in their Premiership Semi-Final tomorrow, so a busy writing weekend! Essex go into this game with a loss away to Hampshire, and Middlesex a loss at home to Surrey. Both will be keen to get a win under their belts. To […]

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Essex Eagles v Kent Spitfires

A night at the Young Vic watching Oklahoma means I’m writing this 2 days after the match, having just watched Essex lose to Hampshire at the Ages Bowl, so, honours even on that rivalry. (This is going to be lots of photos, not so many words) I’d travelled to Canterbury to watch an Essex win and was hoping for the […]

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Gloucester Rugby v Saracens

It’s not often I go to watch my team and come away glad they weren’t nilled! This was a celebration of a good season for Gloucester at their famous Kingsholm Stadium. Gloucester had a torrid season in 2020-2021 they only won 7 of the 22 matches played, I’m in one of their fan groups on Facebook, Gloucester Rugby is My […]

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Saracens v Exeter Chiefs – The Premier 15’s Final

I’m going to recount a conversation I had with my 4 year old grandson the night before the Premier 15’s semi-final, it went something like this……. Are you coming out with us tomorrow Nanny? No Vinnie I’m not, I’m going to watch rugby. In fact I’m going to watch women’s rugby. Women don’t play rugby, was this 4 year olds’ […]

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Essex Eagles v Hampshire

My second T20 of the season saw Essex’s second win, they’d travelled to Taunton to make 139 for 9 in the 18 available overs. Michael Pepper and Matt Critchley put on 76 for the 3rd wicket but it all went wrong after that. Pepper scored 37 from 24 and Critchley 60 from 38. But the other 9 scored 14 and […]

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Kent Spitfires v Essex Eagles

A crazy busy sporting weekend which involved a trip to Canterbury for this match, The Challenge Cup Final at the New Spurs Stadium, then Middlesex v Glamorgan at Radlett, followed by a Tuesday evening watching Essex again, means it’s taken ,me until now to have photos edited. The night of Essex’s trip to Glamorgan, a game that as I write […]

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Saracens Women v Wasps Women

A glorious afternoon at the Stonex Stadium saw Wasps Women visiting, the last game of the regular season was a cracker! Saracens had been heavily beaten in Exeter the week before. Exeter Chiefs Women scored 54 to Saracens 12. Wasps had played and lost to Gloucester Hartpury Women. Saracens had 15 wins for the season and Wasps 9. This was […]

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The County Championship 2022 – Round 6

This was a week when winning the toss wasn’t great, in most cases, as you’ll see below! The weather has been mixed in Essex over the last week with a smattering of rain over several days, I imagine that will have been replicated across the country. It’s hard to know the reasons behind the absolute runs fest happening in virtually […]

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Toulon v Saracens – The Challenge Cup Semi-Final

With a full-time job for a while this is a sitting on the sofa watch, having watched a cracking game between Saracens and Wasps in the final round of the Premier 15’s. Saracens face a team with some top class French players as well as one of my favourite players of all time, Sergio Parisse, still brilliant in one of the most key positions on the pitch at 38. Based on Saracens win at Gloucester they can beat any team at this time, I’m watching with bated breath and hope! It’s good to hear Nick Mullins and David Flatman on commentary, it should be a balanced affair commentary wise. I’m going to type this as I go along, so excuse […]

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The County Championship 2022 – Round 5

A long pre-planned theatre trip and a daughter to get to the Eurostar meant I wasn’t able to attend the first 2 days at the Cloud County Ground to watch Essex v Yorkshire. Day 3 was a no brainer with Joe Root due to bat. There were 3 draws in the 7 matches played and centuries up and down the […]