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ECB Central Contracts – Who and What?

There are plenty of places to find out about Central Contracts but here’s an attempt to put the information into one place. Central Contracts were introduced in 1999, the amount of international cricket was increased and the ECB wanted greater control of the England players. As far as the Counties were concerned it was clear they’d be without their players […]

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There’s something about Jonny

In 2017 I wrote an article about my favourite World cricketers, I’d seen 9 teams that year and picked at least 1 player from each country. I picked 4 for England, being Alastair Cook, Jimmy Anderson, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow. One of those players has since retired from international cricket, another may be doing so very soon. Moeen and […]

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England v Ireland – Day 2

Day 2 of the first test of the summer and Ireland’s first test against England saw the hosts trailing by 122 having been skittled out for 85 on Day 1. We were predicted temperatures of 39 degrees and train journeys from my neck of the woods were due to have difficulties due to melting tracks! I chose to forgo Greater […]

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England v Ireland – An historic occasion

Time has run out on me, more photos to follow, sleep and Day 2 beckon The first England test match of the summer saw them playing Ireland, an historic first test match for the Irish against England and at Lord’s. Add in the fact that this was the first 4 day match for England in the test arena and history […]

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The Cricket World Cup – Bowling Stats and Facts

There was a lot of talk in the media about the magic 500 runs being scored for the first time in an ODI during this World Cup. England had played 5 warm up matches against Pakistan. The first at the Oval was rained off the rest were high scoring affairs – The Rose Bowl, Southampton – England 373/3 – Pakistan […]

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The Cricket World Cup – Batting Stats and Facts

I started out the World Cup with tickets to 15 matches, that meant I’d be watching and taking photos of every team at least once. Weather in Bristol meant I didn’t get to see Sri Lanka, both their matches there, against Pakistan and Bangladesh were rained off. However I did get to see the Top 10 Batsmen runs wise in […]

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For the Love of County Cricket

A catastrophe at New Road Worcester gave me a happy consequence, an extra day of county cricket in Chelmsford. Warwickshire had moved their game against my team Essex only to be undone by a flood at the lovely Worcestershire ground. With a ticket for the World Cup Final a trip to Worcester wasn’t on the cards, but a 5 minute […]

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England V Australia – The Cricket World Cup- Semi-Final

A surprise win by South Africa against Australia meant India finished top of the table rather than Australia. That pitted India against New Zealand. For many Indian fans that was a certain Final spot, but the Blackcaps had other plans and the Final place is theirs. England and Australia would battle each other for the other spot. Edgbaston has been […]

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Pakistan’s 12th Man – A Proud Journey

An account of a wonderful Cricket World Cup from – Imran Asghar Head of Media and Communications at @staniarmy and tweets on @Pakcricket_ Mine and Stani Army members journey started way back last summer with the family ballot followed by the public ballot. We had eight different people applying for games and were only successful for a few games. This […]

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Pakistan v Bangladesh- The Cricket World Cup

A probable last hurrah saw Pakistan and Bangladesh face each other at Lord’s. The MCC had released the news that due to poor take up of tickets by members they were inviting 250 children to sit in the rarified atmosphere of the pavilion. Hopefully the teams would give them a day to remember. Two of the most passionate sets of […]

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Pakistan v Afghanistan – The Cricket World Cup

This was the one Pakistan group game I didn’t have a ticket for, I was offered the opportunity to go, but having driven 1700 miles and been away from home for days on end I decided to stay at home. So, for this one I’m going from the TV coverage. Gulbadin Naib won the toss for Afghanistan and elected to […]

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Hopes Hanging by a Thread – England v Australia

By: Adarsh Shah Twitter: @shah_adarsh As I close my eyes I am transported back to 20th Feb 2015 in Wellington New Zealand. I was there at one of the lowest points of English ODI history. It was a dismal batting and bowling display by England with Brendon McCullum scoring a record breaking 77 off 25 balls.  Well, I was hoping […]