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The Thursday Thali

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It’s time for another of our midweek roundups. It’s what we do when there’s no single burning issue to discuss but a plethora of smaller talking points instead. I’ll start with Shahid Afridi’s amazing century against Derbyshire in the T20 Blast quarter final. He blitzed 101 off 43 balls. Pretty impressive I think you’ll agree. Normally I’d argue that a...

England’s All Rounders Make All The Difference, Again

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There was a bit of resistance from Amla and du Plessis, but it was always going to be futile. South Africa have been in the country since May. It has been a long and disappointing tour for the Cricket Boks. They must be mentally fatigued and a fed up with being on the wrong end of results. Normally I wouldn’t have much sympathy for them – after all, South Africa usually do very well in England...

The Thursday Throwdown

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So what’s been going on this week? England’s women have marched into the semi finals of the World Cup – good work, girls – and the men start the second test against South Africa at Trent Bridge tomorrow. However, the story’s that’s gripped me most over the last few days concerns Trent Bridge stalwart Luke Fletcher. Did you see the horrific injury he suffered...

The Beeb Is Back – But Is It Enough?

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1.1 billion fat ones. That’s what the ECB have just secured for English cricket’s broadcasting rights. Everyone thought the DUP got a good deal from Theresa May, but Harrison and Graves have just walked off with a hundred million quid more. And where’s the bulk of this money come from? It’s from Sky, who else, who fought off serious competition from BT Sport (who will be...

Let’s Talk Turkey

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So what’s been in the news over the last couple of days? Although there hasn’t been too much on-field action to discuss, there have been two huge off-field developments – one very good news and the second, well, let’s just say it’s good news if you’re a huge admirer of Tom Harrison and don’t really give a shit about the counties. Let’s deal with the...

Eoin Morgan’s Bum Deal

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Today Jack Mendel continues our build up to Ireland’s ODIs in England this summer with a robust defence of Eoin Morgan, the man set to lead his adopted country against his native one in May. I’d also like to tell you about the above video of comedian Dara O’Briain commentating on the cricket (or at least trying to)! They were made by Threepipe to promote the England versus...

The Monday Masala

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Afternoon all. I trust you had a pleasant weekend. Mine was spent cutting the lawn and making several trips to the tip. So yeah, not the best couple of days but at least the sun was shining. Anyway, let’s get down to business. The first item on the agenda is Jimmy Anderson, who made some thought-provoking comments in this article on cricinfo. He seems a big miffed that he wasn’t...

The Friday Flapjack

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If you like oats, butter, sugar, golden syrup, and lashings of cricket, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time for The Friday Flapjack – a round up of all the latest cricket news. I think you’ll find it a worthy successor to other TFT end-of-the-week summary classics such as The Friday Fried Egg, The Friday Falafel, and my personal favourite The Friday Fish Finger. We...

Candy. Baby.

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When England win an ODI by the ridiculously emphatic margin of 186 runs, I guess we should all be happy. Back in the 1980s our batsmen rarely scored 186 across two innings of a test match against the Windies …. well, maybe we weren’t quite that bad, but you get my point. When England got slaughtered by a Windies pace attack that included the likes of Marshall, Holding, Patterson...

What On Earth Happened in Pune?

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I take it you all heard about Australia’s unexpected win against India last week? It wasn’t what we expected and certainly not what I’d personally hoped for. Although I’m tempted to call it a fluke – simply because it’s against my nature to offer our antipodean cousins any credit whatsoever – we should probably give this unexpected turn of events a...

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