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Where 2015 ranks in Ashes history

Well hardly anyone predicted that England would regain the Ashes did they? I didn’t (see previous post “Ashes to Ashes?” for evidence). And no one predicted they wold regain them with a Test to spare as they would have to be two matches up with one to play to do this (Australia as holders would have retained them with a draw so if England had been 2-1 up not 3-1 the Ashes could still have been salvaged at the Oval) but it wasn’t to be. 1,436 more words


The tailspin of English cricket in the late 80s and 90s

I came across this book – Sex & Drugs & Rebel Tours – which recounts the exploits and the shenanigans of England cricket team in the 1980s. 527 more words

New Zealand in England: Test series by series

1931 – England 1-0 (3)

Tom Lowry’s New Zealanders were only to play one Test, but performed so well in the tour games that two extra Tests were added. 1,484 more words

The Best Loved Game by Geoffrey Moorhouse

 The only season that matters is nearly upon us, not that you need any excuse to read Geoffrey Moorhouse’s The Best Loved Game, a tour d’horizon of English cricket during 1978. 346 more words

Cricket Memoir

Kilimanjaro at sunset

Tanzanian porters and guides stand on a rock half way up Kilimanjaro at sunset trying to get a mobile phone signal to call their wives. Two teams are taking part in a gruelling eight-day trek up the vast extinct volcano, to play a full Twenty20 game of cricket in the ice-covered crater just below its rugged peak, at 5,785 metres (19,000 feet).


Travelling with Tinniswood: The Brigadier Down Under

“Who is this?”
The barman smiled smugly.
“Stone the crows, you must be a stranger,” he said.
“Of course I’m a stranger,” I said. “It’s the only way to cope with living in this godforsaken country. 727 more words


The Antelope

Address: 22 Eaton Terrace, SW1W 8EZ

Nearest Station: Sloane Square

Welcome: Good; Service: Good (SIT); Beer: Good; Toilets: Good

Cost of two pints and a vodka lemonade: … 403 more words