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England v India – Edgbaston Day 1

England’s 1000th Test and their first against India this summer started today at Edgbaston.  Most of the talk before the match, on the England front,  revolved around the inclusion of Adil Rashid, a man who opted out of playing red ball cricket for his county, Yorkshire, in 2018.  He goes into this series with a good deal of pressure on […]

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Essex v India Day 2

I’ and I imagine many others thought Day 2 of this warm up match would bring us a century as Dinesh Karthik was starting the day on 82, however he had a brain freeze on the first ball of the day from Paul Walter, he hit the ball skywards and Matt Dixon took a very good catch flying across the […]

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England v India 2nd ODI – Lord’s

The ODI series moved on to the Home of Cricket, could England find their mojo and even up the series?  A man who’d been out of sorts would make sure they did.  To put the ‘moaning’ about Joe Root into perspective, in the 7 ODI’s he’d played in before this one, he scored 136 runs  with a top score of […]

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England v India T20 Bristol

Lots of photos for this one, especially of Rohit Sharma The mini road trip to watch England play India took my friend Monica and I to the County Ground at Bristol for the 3rd and decisive T20 between the 2 teams.  We chose to use the Park and Ride which worked really well going but was something of a disaster […]

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England v India – T20 – Cardiff

My cricket schedule means I’ve fallen behind on writing, here’s hoping I can keep up with the test matches!   This was the second of three T20’s to start this series between England and India, India had won the first game at Old Trafford in an atmosphere that was more akin to a home game for them.  The weather in […]

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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 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 India – The 2nd Test – Lord’s

With tickets at £110 a day for the first 3 days I took the decision to only go for the first 2 days at Lord’s, I later added Day 4 for £80, but decided to sell that ticket to a friend as my daughter is here, visiting from Paris. My decision meant I saw just over 8 overs of cricket […]

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England v India – Edgbaston Day 3

My journey to the ground for Day 3 was seamless, I felt like trying to tell those paying to park that they really didn’t need to!  I had empty seats around me, they must’ve heard about me!  But had a few good exchanges of views throughout the day. England had the opportunity to get runs on the board and set […]

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England v India – Edgbaston Day 2

My morning had a much better start than Day 1, I drove to the road I was parking in rather than driving miles away from the ground! It was a much better plan.  My seat was in the Scriveners Opticians Stand, I knew this would be a good seat because I’d picked it when I visited the ground to watch […]

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Essex v India Day 3

This final day of the warm up match between Essex and India was all a bit surreal.  The day started with Paul Walter and James Foster at the crease.  Foster is clearly a very experienced cricketer who did play for England, if not as many times as he really should.  Walter on the other hand has only 10 First Class […]

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Essex v India Day 1

And so the Superstars of India Cricket arrived at the Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford to play a warm up match against Essex.  The game was due to be played over 4 days but that was reduced to 3 once the visitors had arrived in town.  Hugely disappointing for those who’d planned to come along on Day 4, the Saturday. […]

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England v India ODI Trent Bridge

This is going to be another blog with more photos than words and those photos will tell the story of the game. (lots of Rohit again!) I’m going to add them in differently this time, posting each innings after I’ve written about it. (lots of Rohit again!) The first ODI between England and India took place at Trent Bridge.  I travelled […]

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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 – 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 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 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 […]