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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Round 7

6 matches today and as I look down the list I can see that 5 of them were decided by the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method. I tend to write these matches up in the order they’re posted on the BBC, which means my torture can come last. One of the benefits of the D/L method is that the result isn’t […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Round 4

Today I surprised myself by choosing to stay at home with my daughter who’s visiting from Paris rather than going to the Oval to watch Surrey v Essex. That meant I kept track online and missed out on what proved to be a low scoring game. There was no cricket yesterday, on Easter Monday, today on a working day there […]

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Saracens v Munster – The Champions Cup Semi-Final

In their wisdom the EPCR decided that the Ricoh Arena was the best place to hold a home country semi-final for Saracens on a weekend when trains weren’t running to the area. I’d usually drive to the ground but took the Zeelo coach option at £25. I didn’t buy a ticket with the bulk of my friends I couldn’t justify […]

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The County Championship – Week 2 – Division 2

There were some crazy scores in Division 2 in this second round, there were 10 matches with 5,265 runs and 135 wickets taken! I’ve always tended to keep an eye on both divisions but deciding to do a write up for each round means I’m taking more notice, and I literally couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the scores […]

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There are lies, damned lies and Statistics

Being a cricket fan as well as working with accounts means I’m a fan of ‘numbers’ and statistics. There’s been some disquiet amongst some England fans about the adulation show to Virat Kohli in the last year, a man who sits at the top of the ICC batting rankings for both Test Matches and ODI’s, he’s scored 6613 Test runs […]

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My Favourite Cricket Moments 2018 (July-August)

I saw some very fine cricket in July & August

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Saracens in October

My head still seems to be in the cricket world in spite of it being the rugby season, hence the delay on writing.  I missed two of Saracens matches in October, the Harlequins match because I was away doing something that’d been planned for 10 months.  I saw most of the second half as Saracens got themselves a hard fought […]

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England v India – Ageas Bowl – Day 1

MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW WITH PROPER INTERNET ACCESS – I warn there are lots of India celebrating! This should probably come with a warning, this may well become a rant!  Especially as I currently can’t access the internet in the expensive hotel I’m staying in!  My internet access has been better in the much cheaper Travelodge’s and Premier Inn’s I’ve […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – The semi-finals

With only 2 days notice for the away teams I imagine travelling will have been a big ask. Lancashire had played at Lord’s and Somerset at New Road Worcester. From there Lancs went to the Ageas Bowl and Somerset Trent Bridge. I was in Newcastle to watch my rugby team Saracens win the Champions Cup, Trent Bridge is very nearly […]

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Leinster v Saracens – The Heineken Champions Cup

This final was one of the most highly anticipated for a while, Leinster in possession of 4 stars, sharing the record 4 wins with Toulouse. And Saracens looking to add a third to their tally. I’d bought a Golden Ticket along with a group of friends last May, it was a happy set of Saracens fans who travelled up North […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – the Play Offs

It’s amazing to think this 50 over competition is reaching it’s climax. Today, a Friday and a working day we have the 2 play off matches, as a pre-cursor to the semi-finals. I’m sitting just outside Newcastle, here for the European Rugby, hoping my team, Saracens lift the Champions Cup tomorrow. I listened to BBC Radio 5 Live on the […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 16

The final day of the group matches in the Southern league saw Hampshire sitting out, but also sitting pretty at the top of the table with a home semi-final guaranteed. There was all to play for in all 4 games, with 4 teams still in with a shout of a play-off place. There’d been a small twist in the tale […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 15

It’s a gloomy Bank Holiday Monday and we have 4 games in the Royal London Cup today. 3 of the games will decide who qualifies from the Northern league, any of the top 4 can still get one of the top 3 slots. The table looks like this before this round of matches. Lancashire can only sit and watch from […]

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Saracens v Exeter Chiefs

It’s been a funny season so far as a Saracens fan, I haven’t wanted to write about many games when I’ve got home. The Champions Cup semi-final was a huge exception and this match is another! With both teams secure in 1st and 2nd place and a Champions Cup Final ahead for Saracens next week this was a match up […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 13

Today is a Saturday, a perfect day to bring people into the game, today we have 3 Royal London Cup matches. With just 1 or 2 matches left these matches would be key. Worcestershire 293 for 7 v Yorkshire 143 All Out Brett D’Oliveira won the toss for Worcesterhire and elected to bat. Yorkshire were still in with a chance […]

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Essex v Hampshire RLODC

Essex started their Royal London Cup campaign well with a win away from home against Glamorgan, then went on a run of losses, losing at home to Middlesex then away at Surrey and Somerset. There was some debate about the choices made when the toss was won, but results around the country suggests that remains a random decision. Ryan ten […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 12

There were 3 matches today, I was at The Oval to watch the match between the 2 teams trying not to finish bottom of the Southern table. I then went to the theatre, which means I’m writing this close to midnight, so it should be brief! Lancashire 239 for 6 v Derbyshire 209 for 7 Harvey Hosein won the toss […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 11

Just 3 matches to look at today – so this should be a quick write and read! Worcestershire 124 for 5 v Nottinghamshire 121 for 9 Steven Mullaney won the toss for Notts and elected to bat. In an innings where the highest partnership was 28 that proved to be the wrong decision. Opener Chris Nash scored 51 of the […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 10

Yesterday was a Bank Holiday Monday, there were no Royal London Cup games. Today is a Tuesday, a work day, today there were 5 Royal London Cup games. Go figure! Again I was lucky enough to be at one, cue photos of players in red shirts! Durham 229 All Out v Lancashire 230 for 7 Dane Vilas won the toss […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Day 9

A Sunday and 7 matches, one of which I was at (You can probably guess which!) I’m sitting down to write this as Line of Duty is on the TV, I have work in the morning, so bed will be calling. However I’ve become slightly obsessed with getting these written and out on the same day, so, a facts based, […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Round 6

Only 2 games were scheduled in this particular ’round’ only one produced a result as the weather again behaved like an April day. Glamorgan v Kent A cricket match in Cardiff in April is always likely to be at risk. Chris Cooke won the toss for Glamorgan and elected to bat. 15 overs were bowled before the weather intervened, in […]

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The Royal London Cup – Star Men Watch – Take 5!

4 matches today on the day the weather decided to be more April like than Summer like. That saw all 4 matches decided by the mystery that is the Duckworth Lewis method, I’m not expecting many Star Men from today’s proceedings. 4 matches today on the day the weather decided to be more April like than Summer like. That saw […]