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Cricket is a cruel mistress

Whilst KP was single handedly demolishing the South African attack over in Headingley I was heading to the glamorous surroundings of the Braintree Rec.
What with work commitments and other stuff my appearances on a cricket field are rare these days – so rare in fact that when I dug out my whites for this Saturdays game I discovered the elastic had well and truly gone. 356 more words

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A Dizzy Brez birthday treat

Last time I went to The Oval on my birthday was in 2007.

Then the game in question was widely being pushed as the battle of celebrity come dancing giants – Darren Gough (winner in 2005) and Mark Ramprakash (winner in 2006). 879 more words

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A Right Royal Duck

A rare daliance with creative writing – this little piece has just appeared in the April edition of Words Down the Line (part of Wivenhoe Station’s Off the Rails programme… 651 more words


A day at the the cricket

Big thanks to Surrey Cricket Club for hosting a players family day down at the Kia Oval. Mod for the day (aka Tom), Master Protester (@domlinley) and the arty one (moi!) were joined by Mr and Mrs Linley, @juliaatthehub and Vikram to see the Mighty Rey take on the increasingly glum looking Kent. 795 more words

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A pre season smile

With wickets falling up and down the country faster than Stephen Fry tweets and the County Championship about to kick off again on Friday (hurrah) it seems timely to post a little reminder of the majestic winter (or at least that bit before the one day stuff kicked off) us cricket freaks just enjoyed. 146 more words

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CB40 needs to decide what it is

To Chelmsford on Sunday for the first round of the new CB40 (Clydesdale Bank) competition qualifying game Essex versus Yorkshire. Previously known as the Pro40 this was a competition that everyone thought was going to die a death last year but received a last minute reprieve. 342 more words

How web 2.0 has revolutionised the way I experience county cricket

Kevin Mitchell’s article in The Observer (http://preview.tinyurl.com/nnf94l) on Sunday paints a familiar picture of crickets county championship. The picture tag screams ‘remaining on empty. 1,157 more words