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England v Australia

Just under 82,000 people made their way to Twickenham to watch England take on Australia, a team they’d bettered in their last 4 meetings, 3 of which were Down Under in 2016.  There was a time when it was a momentous thing to see England beat a Southern Hemisphere team.  But, there’s now an expectation, in the Autumn in particular, […]

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My top cricket performances in 2017 – Part 1

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this, I watched a lot of cricket in 2017, I’m going to go month by month I saw so many top performances!  This could well end up being more like a novel than an article.  I’m only including cricket I saw live. I have an overlap in April and May with the rugby […]

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My Top Cricket Photos in 2017

I watched a lot of cricket this Summer and took thousands of photos, I can’y whittle them down to 10 is so am going to share these with you, trying to add in the player, date, venue and teams playing. Staring with the Champions Trophy, where I was lucky to see 7 games including the Final Mark Wood – The […]

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My Favourite World Cricketers

It was very hard to stick to those I’ve included! My favourite cricketers!

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England v South Africa – Lords Test Day 4

I was travelling home from a 6 day holiday in Bruges when this first test of the summer started, England fell to 76 for 4 in the 23rd over, with Alastair Cook out for 3, Keaton Jennings 8, Gary Ballance 20 and a man who’s been a saviour for England so often, Jonny Bairstow out for 10. That was a […]

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Top 10 Cricket Moments – Summer 2016

Looking back at a wonderful summer of cricket

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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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Italy v England – Vene Vidi Vici

A week in Rome with no laptop means I ‘m writing this after round 2 of the 2018 6 Nations tournament.  As usual I have photos to share and a few thoughts on the game. (lots more photos to follow when WordPress starts working properly again) This was my second visit to Rome to watch the match, this time it […]

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Rugby > Football? Time to take stock?

I’m on a train from Clermont to Paris having had a very convivial weekend with friends watching my team Saracens in the Champions Cup. I feel the need to put fingers to keyboard after reading about some of the goings on at Welford Road in particular this weekend. Events that are taking place more and more at rugby matches. I […]

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Dan Norcross – from the sofa to the TMS box

It struck me that as one of the new boys on the popular BBC test Match Special fans might like to know more about Dan Norcross.  the man behind the dulcet tones.  I’ve been lucky enough to get to know him a bit after meeting him at a benefit lunch for Darren Stevens last year, he’s delightful company! We arranged […]

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England v Argentina

Much has been written and many moans have been had about this first Autumn International match for England.  They faced Argentina, a team no longer considered an Autumn whipping boy. Eddie Jones had said that he wouldn’t use the players who featured in the Lions tour and he kept his word as far as 2 of them were concerned  Owen […]

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Saracens v Harlequins

Autumn International time is nearly here which means club rugby switches over to the Anglo Welsh Cup, before I focus on the match I went to here’s an explanation of the competition from the Premiership Rugby site – Each team in pool 1 shall play each team in pool 4 once and each team in pool 2 shall play each […]

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Barbarians v All Blacks

At last I’ve been at 2 matches over a weekend in daylight hours!  That means I have some photos to share, my camera is a bit rubbish with late kick offs. So, more Phlog than Blog is what this will be, in fact it may be something of a rant. I hadn’t intended to go to this match, but I […]

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England v All Blacks – an unlikely win

Guest writer Elston Hamblin isn’t optimistic about England’s chances when they do eventually meet the All Blacks, in answer to Jez Denton’s piece. Having read Mr Denton’s article on a  plan to beat the All Blacks , it will take an unsurmountable effort whoever is in the side with regard to the  high amount of tackling, winning the ruck and mauling from line outs nearer opponents line, play what is in front of them taking their chances, they won in 2012 38-21.  I will put a case of why it is unlikely they’ll win again. Players like Itoje, Lauchbury, Billy and Mako Vunipola are integral to England’s success over the last two years also most of them were on the […]

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Can England out All Blacks the All Blacks?

Guess writer Jez Denton gives a few opinions on coaching and the international set up Whilst watching the Aviva Premiership highlights last night Mark Durden-Smith asked David Flatman ‘why, seeing as the form he’s shown over the last three to four seasons, isn’t Alex Goode even in the England squad, let alone the starting fifteen for the Autumn Internationals.’ Flatman, being just about the best summariser on rugby around at the moment, gave an illuminating answer, being that Eddie Jones, with a 10/12 axis of Ford and Farrell, doesn’t need another creative player at 15 and instead requires a defensive rock there that allows the creative players the space into which to do what they do best. And whilst I […]

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Wooden Spoon & Grangewood School

When I took early retirement I decided that I’d be watching even more sport and getting involved in charity where I could.  I’m a Trustee of a local charity working with children, I do some work for Marie Curie, I try my best to spread the word of the good work carried out by The Saracens SportS Foundation and recently […]

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Champions Cup Rugby – Week 1

European Rugby is back!  There’s something special about this competition, I try to watch as much of it as I can.  That meant 2 games for me over this first weekend – Harlequins v La Rochelle followed by Northampton Saints v Saracens. I’m maybe an odd sports fan, I have my teams but I have soft spots for several others, […]

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The Saracens Sports Foundation 2017

I’ve written about the Saracens Sports Foundation before, but the annual Patron’s Evening has given me the chance to go again, I really can’t write too much about the work carried out by this wonderful group of people. The charity was established in 2000, they work across Hertfordshire and North London and inspire communities, changing lives throughout the power of […]

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England v South Africa Day 2 Old Trafford

As England managed to beat the West Indies in 3 days I’m sitting at home rather than at Lords so can get back to my mission of getting up to date with the cricket I’ve watched this summer. England started the day on 252 for 6 with work to do, Toby Roland-Jones and Jonny Bairstow were batting.  Sticking with the […]

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England v South Africa Day 1 Old Trafford

I’m on catch up again with piles of photos to share and the final test of the summer due to start this week.  That means I have two test matches to account for before I set off for Lords on Thursday.  With that in mind I’m going down the highlights with lots of photos route. I booked the Sale Travelodge […]