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England v Australia T20 – Edgbaston

I’m catching up on writing while I’m watching the first T20 between England and India, looking back to Edgbaston and the only T20 between England and Australia.  Aaron Finch took over the captaincy for this single T20 game, he won the toss and put England in to bat. England had a change around in the batting order with Jason Roy […]

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England v Australia – 4th ODI – Durham

I drove to the Durham area from Nottingham via Fountains Abbey, I lingered longer than planned, it’s simply stunning!  I’d booked an Airbnb in Lanchester a few miles outside of Durham, the welcome was amazing and the accommodation lovely! I drove to the park and ride for the match, that proved to be a good way to get to the […]

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England v Australia – 3rd ODI – Trent Bridge

4 days after the event due to a lack of internet, I’m not too sure where to start or where to go with this one! Records are made to be broken, in 2016 England scored 444 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Alex Hales scored a record 171 that day.  Hales was to break his personal record in 2017, when he […]

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England v Pakistan – Day 3 – Headingley

Day 3 at Headingley and I decided to dress for sunshine, whether it came or not!  I drove half the way and walked the other half, there’s plenty of street parking if you’re prepared to walk around a mile.  I object to paying to park when I’ve paid for my ticket and accommodation. England were in a strong position and […]

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England v Pakistan – Day 2 – Headingley

I woke up to rain in Leeds on Day 2, but like the eternal optimist we England fans need to be I headed to Headingley to arrive in plenty of time.  I drove and parked in the street, giving me around a mile to walk to the ground, so, getting some steps in, but not a feeling of exhaustion as […]

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England v Pakistan – Day 1 Headingley

I travelled up to Leeds via the beautiful Belton House a much nicer place to stop than a service station!  I’m staying in another Airbnb, this time a small basement apartment, with cooking facilities and a place to sit and write.  My host, Aaron was kind enough to drop me off at Headingley on Day 1. I made my way to […]

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England v South Africa – T20 – Sophia Gardens

Having been at the horror show that was the 3rd ODI between these 2 teams at Lords I was hoping for a very different performance from the home team. Captain Eoin Morgan had said before the 3 match series started that all in the squad would get a game, that meant that several of the usual ‘big’ names were missing, […]

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England v Australia – 5th ODI – Old Trafford

With the single T20 between these 2 teams happening tomorrow I’m going to write this with just a few photos included, then I’ll add more later. 413 runs were scored in this 5th ODI and it was far and away the best of the 4 games I went to. Tim Paine won the toss again, and again elected to bat. […]

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England v Australia – 1st ODi – The Oval

In October/November 2016 I bought tickets for every England v South Africa test, then came the announcement that AB de Villiers wouldn’t be playing.  I bought myself a ticket for 4 of the England v Australia ODI’s in 2018 at a similar time of year, then, out came the sandpaper and out went David Warner and Steve Smith, then came […]

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Have faith in Eddie

I read a comment on a Wasps Facebook page and thought the views contained were worth sharing further so asked Dan Willis to write a Guest Blog.  You can find Dan on Twitter @danwillis1986 (the photos are 6 Nations) So, a fourth test loss in a row for England fans, and on Facebook the ‘Eddie Out’ brigade are unsurprisingly out […]

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England v Pakistan – Day 4 – Lords

Naturally I have more photos to edit, but I’m sure you can appreciate that I feel the need to rant having edited a few! So, I paid £200 to watch England play Pakistan for 3 days at Lords.  I missed Day 3 because it coincided with the Premiership Rugby Final, happily won by my team Saracens!  I must make a […]

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England v Pakistan Day 1 – Lords

I have something of a bee in my bonnet so I’m going to do the writing before the photos again!  All done, photos galore!   I’ve had the most wonderful day at Lords, largely in part to the most wonderful invitation I received from a cricketing friend Nigel and his friend Ammar.  They very kindly invited to me to join […]

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Middlesex v Kent

Having worked out that the match I’d planned to watch with my friend Alun was actually in Mansfield rather than Trent Bridge, we booked to go to Radlett to watch Kent (a team I have a soft spot for) against Middlesex (a team Alun has a soft spot for): my second visit in 4 days.  It was a perfect venue […]

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Surrey v Somerset RLODC

After the delights of Radlett my next trip took me to see Surrey at the Oval, a ground I’ve grown to love since I’ve been a member.  I’m an Essex fan, but an admirer of several of the young Surrey players and enjoy watching them. The Oval is a bit of a mission from Chelmsford and it seems to be […]

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Middlesex v Essex – RLODC

With the England matches starting in late May I planned to go to Lords to watch Middlesex play Essex in the Royal London One Day Cup, it’s a good job I worked out they were actually playing at Radlett! (photos from the Middlesex innings included, Essex innings to follow) There was clearly an issue on the M25, but my Satnav […]

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Worcestershire v Essex

I took over 2,000 photos during the 3 days fo this match which will take me some time to edit, so I’m going to do the writing first and add the photos later. I’d never been to watch cricket at the Worcester New Road ground so was watching with interest the events at the end of the season in Division […]

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Saracens v Gloucester

Mid May sees me getting into the swing of the cricket season, but there’s just a bit of the rugby union season left and the last regular season game saw Saracens play Gloucester at Allianz Park. That’s a game I wouldn’t want to miss, even though Essex were playing Yorkshire in Chelmsford, my daughter Alexandra was visiting from Paris and […]

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Essex v Yorkshire

What a match!  I’m going to start with a few facts, it’ll become obvious why as you read through. Sam Cook, Essex –                   Age 20,  First Class matches – 11 Dan Lawrence, Essex             Age 20,   First Class matches – 45 Harry Brook, Yorkshire   […]

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Kent v Pakistan – Warm Up Match Day 4

After a day of drizzle and clouds followed by a day of torrential rain I returned to Canterbury with the promise of some play.  Amazingly the Kent Ground Staff managed together the Spitfire Ground into shape and play started after an early lunch. Kent started the day on 39 for 1 with Joe Denly on 12 and Sean Dickson 24, […]

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Kent v Pakistan – Warm Up Match

Pakistan are back in town!  They’re back in England to play England in a 2 test match ‘series’, with the first being played at Lords and the second Headingley. A lot has happened since they were here in 2016 when they won themselves a 2 all draw, winning both matches in London.  Their iconic captain Misbah ul-Haq and legendary batsman […]

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Essex v Lancashire – 2018

3 days and 3 sets of photos – that means lots, with a few wickets captured if you look closely! Essex’s defence of the title started with a ‘wet weekend’ literally when not a ball was  bowled at Headingley. Lancashire across the Pennines played Nottinghamshire, losing heavily after being bowled out for 158 and and 73, Notts needed 10 runs […]