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England v South Africa – Day 1 – The Oval

As a Surrey and England member I have an allocated seat in the OCS Stand for Test matches, I’ve been able to swap into the pavilion each time however.  For this test I was in the front row of the lower tier behind the bowlers arm. The second test had been something of a disappointment at Trent Bridge I was […]

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Engaging South Asian Communities with Cricket

An invite from a Facebook connection Jug Johal saw me heading to Leicestershire’s Grace Road to attend an event organised by the Asian Sports Foundation, the aim of the evening was to talk about Asians in Sport.  Having been at Old Trafford to watch Moeen Ali play an innings for  which would contribute to him being the Man of The […]

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The Women’s World Cup Final – England v India

The problem with watching so much cricket, if I can call it a problem is that I struggle to keep up with writing about it.  I’ve come home today after a week away watching England play at Old Trafford and Essex at Scarborough.  Essex managed to beat Yorkshire by 8 wickets in 2 days so I find myself with a […]

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The Asian Sports Foundation

I’ve just arrived home from a very rainy Scarborough, having watched Essex beat Yorkshire on Monday afternoon, tomorrow I drive back to Leicestershire CCC to attend an event as detailed below.  I’m looking forward to learning more about the Foundation and their plans and will share once I’ve sat in one place for more than 24 hours! The Asian Sports […]

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Women’s Rugby – One step forward, ten back!

On Sunday I was at Lords watching the England Women’s Cricket Team win the World Cup in nail biting fashion.  It was a great occasion with 2 excellent teams battling it out in front of a capacity crowd.  The balance of that crowd was far more female orientated than the crowds I’m used to sitting in watching the England men. it also had high numbers of children.  The fact that their tickets were only £5 will have been a great factor.  Many of the girls were there to see their idols in action.  A saying was used on BBC TMS that had been taken from a lady called Marian Wright Edelman You Can’t Be What You Can’t See  Can’t Be What […]

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England v South Africa Day 3 – Trent Bridge

The 3rd test is days away and a lot of cricket has been attended including the Women’s World Cup Final , but I must finish off my Trent Bridge experience. Day 3 saw Faf du Plessis and his South Africa put themselves in an unassailable position, that meant pretty much a full day of watching them bat.  The day started […]

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England v South Africa – Day 2 – Trent Bridge

Unusually for me I was at Trent Bridge with a group of people, mostly Kent fans, we were joined by Paul Calland and his son Dan on Day 2.  Paul plays and coaches rugby league so we had lots to talk about and Dan, was amazing!  At 8 years old he sat and scored for most of the day, properly! […]

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England v South Africa – Day 1 Trent Bridge

As I was at the first 3 days of this match I’m going to write up each day separately.  Before I start a few facts about the first test at Lords to bear in mind.  And to give some context to what happened in this second test. Englands’ first innings saw the following batting figures Joe Root       […]

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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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Essex v Surrey T20 Blast

The T20 Blast started for Essex with a Friday night match at the Cloud FM County Ground, London rivals Surrey were the opposition.  That held double interest for me, I’m an Essex member and fan, but also a Surrey member so I have a regard for them too. Ryan ten Doeschate won the toss and put Surrey in to bat, […]

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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 South Africa ODI – Lords

  Nearly a month after this game I’m not going to write a novel, but, the game was attended and the photos taken so I have to post something as much as I’d like to forget this match! This was my first trip of the summer to the Home of Cricket, Lords.  The place has a vibe all of its […]

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India v South Africa

Match 6 of my Champions Trophy watching gave me the chance to see 2 of the best teams in the world for a second time.  I was hoping both would play to their potential.  Amazingly the trains from Chelmsford were working which gave me quite a nice day trip albeit with an early start.  The weather forecast was good, but […]

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India v Sri Lanka

Match 5 of my Champions Trophy took me back to the Oval, I was very excited to be watching Virat Kohli and his India.  I’d watched them play test cricket in England in 2014 and knew I would be watching a very different team.  Virat Kohli has in the intervening years become one of the very best cricketers in the […]