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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 – The Oval – Day 3

I arrived at The Oval for Day 3 having had a smooth journey, and to find two fellow Essex friends Mike and Mary sat next to me for the day!  That was a nice surprise!  What was to come during the day was also a nice surprise. India started the day on 174 for 6, it looked like we wouldn’t […]

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England v India – The Oval – Day 1

I wasn’t able to write up this match on a daily basis and have been torn over how to do this Final Test justice.  For my own ‘records’ I’m going to go day by day so I can post photos from each of the 5 days. i decided last summer that it was cheaper and more convenient to stay close […]

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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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England v India – Trent Bridge – Day 5

There was a lot of angst online about Nottinghamshires intention to charge £10 for this surprise Day 5, I’d bought my tickets at the end of last summer so my £10 was long gone, and there was no way I was missing the end of this test match. Overnight the powers that be at Trent Bridge had a rethink and […]

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England v India – Trent Bridge – Day 4

So, tomorrow I’m going to Day 5 of the Test match at Trent Bridge!  Those aren’t words I thought I’d be typing or even considering yesterday, or even at lunch time today! I managed to arrive at the ground with everything I took with me, so was fully prepared for whatever the weather chose to throw at me, that was […]

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Dear ECB – An Open Letter

An Open Letter to the ECB Sirs Who exactly do the ECB and Counties consider as the ‘target market’?  I ask the question because I’d consider myself as the perfect ‘target’ and yet I feel disenfranchised and irrelevant to cricket administrators.  Cricket is a huge part of my life and has been for fifty years.  I played for 25 years […]

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Leicester Tigers v Saracens

A Twitter competition saw 3 friends and I enjoying this match in some style.  Total Motion Leicester Tigers official vehicle suppliers sent out a tweet asking for the 2 seasons the 2 teams played each other in the Premiership Final.  Both games were etched in my memory having been devastated at one and elated at the second.  The prize was […]

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Saracens v Sale Sharks

One of the joys/downsides of having so many international players in the squad is the way the starting XV is stretched during both the autumn Internationals and 6 Nations.  The Premiership Rugby Cup softens some of the blow, but there are two Premiership Rugby games during this AI spell.  The first for Saracens being Sale Sharks, the second Leicester Tigers […]

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Saracens v Worcester

Round 3 of the Premiership Rugby Cup saw Worcester visiting Allianz Park, they’d had a good win home and away against Sale and Tigers.  Saracens had beaten Tigers in a well contested game and drawn on a Friday night at Sale. More PHLOG than BLOG  I’m a big fan of this style of game, it’s great to see the future […]

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Saracens v Bath – Rugby’s Back!

And so that’s the cricket season finished!  Wow I’ve had an amazing summer, I’ve seen some amazing individual performances , there’ll be plenty of TV cricket over the winter, but I prefer my sport live,  Rugby is my sport of choice over the winter months, Saracens are my team of choice, with the odd alternative team thrown in. Oh and […]

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Surrey v Essex

I’m going to try to do this one differently, get the writing done before I tackle the photos (I took over 4000, they’re going to take some time!).  I joined as a Surrey and England member before the last home Ashes, over those years I’ve managed to get to a few home games and therefore acquired one of those soft […]

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England v India – The Oval – Day 5

Day 5 of the Final Test, an unusual event as a rule!  This was to be virtually a whole day too.  Those who’d bought tickets at the last minute for Day 4 had been served up a real treat and Day 5 was non too shoddy either! Jimmy Anderson was hunting a record, but Joe Root failed to bowl him […]

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England v India – The Oval – Day 4

Day 4 was the day of the horror journey to The Oval for me (it was about a lot more than that, but let’s get the journey out of the way)  It wasn’t possible to drive to a tube station on a Monday morning so my brother was kind enough to give me a lift to Redhill station. I boarded […]

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England v India – Ageas Bowl – Day 4

Right, let’s see how this internet works this evening, hopefully it won’t make me want to throw my laptop out the window! Tomorrow I go home so should be back to normal wi-fi wise, but until then, here I go! I’m not even going to try to add photos here, I’ll do that at home. Day 4 of this test […]

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England v India – Ageas Bowl – Day 3

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW Day 3 of the 4th test saw another utterly glorious day at The Ageas Bowl, today is the first of September, Autumn supposedly, not in Southampton, the sun shone in a largely blue sky all day. India had finished their innings with a lead of 27 runs, how important would that be in this low scoring game?  What I’m going to type next may need some time to digest, England batted…….. ALL DAY!  That was what was needed for the home team to salvage this game.  The 2 openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings were under some pressure with averages of 16 and 15 respectively. Cook had scored runs against Pakistan but this was proving to be […]