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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 […]

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Pakistan v South Africa

Logistics were interesting again to get to this match at Edgbaston, I had a dinner for the Chris Gayle Foundation to go to in London the night before and a game at the Oval the day after.  With this in mind I booked an Airbnb near Euston and a Virgin Train to Birmingham and back for the day. Getting to […]

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Bangladesh v Australia

Having seen Australia ‘rained off’ at Edgbaston I was hoping for a better day at The Oval. The fact I didn’t get soaked did I suppose mean it was better, but the result for the cricket was to be the same. I was sitting in the new Peter May Stand which meant I was amongst the very passionate and vocal […]

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Australia v New Zealand

Having watched England kick off their Champions Trophy campaign with a win I headed back to my car in Hampstead to drive up to Birmingham for Game 2 between two Southern Hemisphere rivals.  The forecast wasn’t the best and it’s accuracy will make this account more of a Phlog than a Blog. I woke up to the sound of rain […]

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England v Bangladesh

Having been at Lords to see England’s horror show against South Africa I was looking forward to a good game of cricket at the Oval in the opening Champions Trophy match.  I’d only received 2 tickets through the ICC ballot, including the final, but access as a Surrey and England member and persistence with the site meant I’ve ended up […]

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Rugby Road Trip – Day 7 – Bakewell

Days 5 and 6 include rugby so they’ll need to be posted later.  Day 7 sees us heading back to the South.  We again decided to go map book style and we again got lost!  We aimed for the A68 rather than the A1 and that ended up with us taking an amazing road across some incredible scenery. The day […]

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Rugby Road Trip – Day 4 – Alnwick & Seahouses

A decent nights sleep was had in spite of a room that was on the hot side, we went out of the hotel for breakfast, to the Hoxton North, next door to the White Hart Hotel.  What a great place to spend time, the restaurant was full and the food sublime.  Harrogate was an exceptional culinary experience overall! Northumberland was […]

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Rugby Road Trip – Day 3 – Harrogate

Those who know me well will notice a change in my standard accommodation pick, it’s hard to find twin rooms in the chains I usually frequent, our first night in a ‘hotel’ was actually a B & B in Lincoln, The Gables came highly recommended.  We had a good nights sleep in a comfortable bedroom, followed by a very tasty […]

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Rugby Road Trip – Day 2 – Lincoln

Day 2 of our road trip saw us waking in Great Gransden, we’d stayed with my lovely cousin Kate and her other half Giles.  We were spoilt rotten, and had our ‘no cake’ rule broken with the warm Lemon Drizzle cake she’d baked when she got home from work.  I have no concept of that, but the cake was delightful! […]

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Rugby Road Trip- Day 1 – Cambridge

With the European Rugby Finals in Edinburgh the temptation to take a road trip with my good friend Monica was too strong! Lots of laughter and some beautiful sights with a long playlist to sing-along to, what more could you want? Day 1 has taken us to Cambridge, we jumped too quickly on the food front and went to Tatties; […]