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Thoughts on the Euros, Test and Tour

England beat Netherlands courtesy of a late outstanding goal by Ollie Watkins and some favourable refereeing. Many of us watching were surely baffled by the first half decision to award a penalty after a vigorous but seemingly fair challenge by Denzyl Dumfries on Harry Kane. In the second half, [...]

July 11, 2024 // 0 Comments

Richie Benaud’s Blue Suede Shoes/David Kynaston and Harry Ricketts

This is the story of a classic Ashes series in 1961 in the context of two very different captains Peter May and Richie Benaud. Peter May (Charterhouse and Cambridge) was more patrician, a classical batsman but cold and distant from his men. Richie Benaud was an adventurous captain but also a [...]

July 8, 2024 // 0 Comments

An ultimately unsatisfying day of sport

Saturday you could watch the start of the Tour de France in Florence, two Euro 2024 games and the T20 World Cup Final. I followed most of them and watched the whole of Germany 2 Denmark 0. The game was marred firstly by lightning that caused the withdrawal of both teams and secondly by some odd VAR [...]

July 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex win by 18 runs/Hail Louis Kimber!

I do not suppose many had previously heard of Louis Kimber – but they have now! On the morning of the fourth day, chasing 442 with 5 wickets down, Leicestershire’s chances were forlorn. Then Louis Kimber – at number 8 –  came to the crease to score a record breaking 243. He [...]

June 27, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Leicestershire (third day)

Sussex are now poised for victory against Leicestershire. They declared at 296-6 setting Leicestershire a target of just over 450. At stumps Leicestershire were 139-5, losing their major batters, notably Patel. Confidence oozes through this young Sussex side, who top Division 2 of the Championship [...]

June 26, 2024 // 0 Comments

A day at the County Ground

Yesterday summer had come with fine sunny weather and a cooling sea breeze and what better place to enjoy if than at the county ground at Hove for the first day of the Championship game v Leicestershire? Leicestershire put Sussex into bat and took 3 wickets in the first session. Once again captain [...]

June 24, 2024 // 0 Comments

The US Open

With the Euros and T20 World Cup centre stage, the US Open has slipped under the radar. Yet they say it is the tourney that the Pros like to win. It begins at Pinehurst today, a demanding par 70 course which Martin Kaymer destroyed 10 years ago. In researching and deciding my staking plan, I [...]

June 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Best Barbados XI

Mike Atherton is my favourite cricket writer and his column in The Times is a must read. In Tuesday’s edition – rather than stretch out England’s poor performance at the Kensington Oval last Saturday – he composed a well-crafted piece on Barbados, arguing that few places can [...]

June 12, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex sport on the march

Sussex Sharks sit atop their Southern Division Vitality Blast whilst the County Club top the second division of the Championship. Over last weekend the Sharks won away at the Oval over “moneybags” Surrey and then beat up Gloucestershire in Bristol. The County side have beaten Yorkshire, [...]

June 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

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