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The County Championship Round 10

Round 10 saw 9 matches up and down the country, my team, Essex we’re playing at home against Gloucestershire, so excuse the photos being from Day 1 of that particular match! The ECB showed just how much they care about the Championship decided in their wisdom to arrange a Lions game, taking valuable players from many clubs, that was in […]

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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 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 13/16

Things have finally caught up, with every County playing this week, playing their 13th game of 14.. The County Champions were decided with a week to go, today, Friday the 23rd September is the first day of Autumn and we’ve seen some crazy scores, none less than at the Cloud County Ground in Chelmsford. A game that was over in […]

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Essex v Lancashire Day 2 – Pitch shenanigans!

Would there be any batting miracles on Day 2 of this ridiculous game of cricket? Well, no! George Bell who has his 20th birthday on Saturday had been in at the end of Day 1 alongside Tom Hartley. Bell impressed, facing 28 balls for his 24 runs and deserved to be on the winning side. Hartley too, he saw off […]

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Essex v Lancashire – a crazy Day 1!

This is going to be more about the photos than words – Before that I’m going back to the first match of the season at the County Ground in Chelmsford. Kent were the visitors between April 7th and 10th. Essex batted for 159.5 overs and scored 514 runs, 3 batters, Nick Browne, Alastair Cook and Matt Critchley started their season […]

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Harlequins v Saracens

Match 1 of the new Premiership season for Saracens, after they had a bye in week 1, saw them heading to the Stoop, a tough first fixture for Lock Hugh Tizard who’d moved to North London at the end of the season from Harlequins. I can only imagine his mixed emotions! It took me a 2 hour drive to get […]

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The County Championship Round 15

It’s September 15th and we’re at the business end of the season – Every team has played 12 games and the top spots and relegation spots being close to being decided. The minor counties must look on with interest at a team, in Leicestershire, which hasn’t won a single game in 2022. Mind you Gloucestershire are in the same boat! […]

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England v South Africa at the Oval

I’ve fallen out of love with watching England over the last few years; from watching every day of every test in 2018 I gave it a miss in 2019 and of course Covid then came along. In spite off loving watching cricket at Lord’s I doubt I’ll watch England there again the prices are just 2 high! I chose 2 […]

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The County Championship Round 14

It feels like a long time since I was watching my team, Essex play. August 17th and Yorkshire with one of the biggest downpours of rain I’ve experienced! Happily Essex had batted first and were able to bowl enough innings to see a result in their favour; that was of course a white ball game, in the Royal London Cup. […]

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The County Championship Round 12

With the rugby union season fast approaching my season ticket for my team, Saracens in bought at a cost of £755 for 16 home fixtures, I thought I’d have a look at prices for County Cricket ,memberships in 2022. I haven’t been able to find all Division 1 prices or show direct comparisons, but I think you’ll agree this game […]

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The County Championship Round 11

8 matches in this round of the County Championship, I wimped out of travelling into London to watch Surrey v Essex at The Oval.  I’m a member of both, a fan of Essex, and Surrey, when they aren’t playing Essex.  I think cricket fans are often members of more than one county, for me the season would be so much […]

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England v India – The First ODI at The Oval

Having decided not to follow England in 2022 I’d had a carry over for Edgbaston where England lost and I couldn’t a ‘day’ at the Oval for this match. A 100 over match that lasted for just 44 overs, this was another white ball game dominated by the bowlers, well, the India bowlers at least! This will be another ‘article’ […]

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England v India – The Edgbaston T20

Having booked an ODI at Edgbaston I found myself travelling to Edgbaston for 40 overs of cricket, that actually lasted for just 37 overs. This is going to be largely about sharing my photos than a write up of the match. England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and put India in to bat. This was a game that was […]

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The County Championship Round 10

Round 10 saw 9 matches up and down the country, my team, Essex we’re playing at home against Gloucestershire, so excuse the photos being from Day 1 of that particular match! The ECB showed just how much they care about the Championship decided in their wisdom to arrange a Lions game, taking valuable players from many clubs, that was in […]

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Essex Eagles v Glamorgan

Something special happened in this last home game of the T20 Blast league games, again. Essex had beaten their own T20 Blast score with 244 against Sussex, they beat it again during this match! Robin Das opened with Adam Rossington, I am going to put my stall out here and question why Feroze Khushi wasn’t playing, it’s a real concern […]

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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 […]