Month: June 2015

27.06.2015… Notts v Nhants…

Outlaws v Steelbacks

Trent Bridge… Saturday June 27th…

Outlaws won by 7 wickets

Ticket: £17

A T20 win for the Nottinghamshire Outlaws against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks in front of a bumper crowd at Trent Bridge…

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Pre-Match: The Radcliffe Road End…

Teams…

Notts Outlaws; Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, +Riki Wessels, Samit Patel, *James Taylor, Daniel Christian, Greg Smith, Steven Mullaney, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney

Northamptonshire Steelbacks; Richard Levi, Olly Stone, Josh Cobb, Ben Duckett, *Alex Wakely, Steven Crook, +Adam Rossington, Rob Keogh, Rory Kleinveldt, Graeme White, Muhammad Azhar Ullah

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Nottinghamshire Racing Towards Victory…

Stats…

Northamptonshire Steelbacks; Levi (9 – lbw b Hilfenhaus), Cobb (84 – run out Christian), Duckett (30 – c Smith b Mullaney), Crook (11 – c Taylor b Gurney), Kleinveldt (4 – c Wessels b Hilfenhaus), Rossington (4 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Wakely, Keogh, Stone, White, Azhar Ullah

Extras; 6nb 0w 0b 1lb – 7

173 for 5 (20.0 overs)

Bowling; Patel (4 / 30 / 0), Gurney (4 / 35 / 1), Ball (2 /21 / 0), Hilfenhaus (4 / 35 / 2), Mullaney (4 / 27 / 1), Christian (2 / 24 / 0)

FOW; 34 – 109 – 131 – 137 – 173

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Lamb (45 – c Levi b White), Hales (1 – c Duckett b Stone), Wessels (25 – c Keogh b Azhar Ullah), Patel (58 – n.o.), Taylor (38 – n.o)

Did Not Bat; Christian, Smith, Mullaney, Hilfenhaus, Ball, Gurney

Extras; 2nb 5w 0b 1lb – 8

175 for 3 (18.3 overs)

Bowling; Kleinveldt (3.3 / 41 / 0), Stone (4 / 40 / 1), Crook (3 / 22 / 0), White (4 / 33 / 1), Keogh (1 / 9 / 0), Azhar Ullah (2 / 22 / 1), Cobb (1 / 7 / 0)

FOW; 6 – 58 – 80

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

21.06.2015… Warks v Yorks…

Bears v Vikings

Edgbaston… Sunday June 21st…

Birmingham Bears won by 6 wickets

Ticket: £18

A T20 win for the Birmingham Bears against the Yorkshire Vikings on a warm Sunday afternoon…

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Inside Edgbaston…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; *Varun Chopra, Ian Bell, Will Porterfield, +Tim Ambrose, Rikki Clarke, Laurie Evans, Keith Barker, Josh Poysden, Jeetan Patel, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Recordo Gordon.

Yorkshire Vikings; *Andrew Gale, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Lees, Jack Leaning, +Andy Hodd, Tim Bresnan, Richard Pyrah, James Middlebrook, Steven Patterson, Matthew Fisher.

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Birmingham Bears Batting…

Stats…

Yorkshire Vikings; Gale (9 – c Ambrose, b Clarke), Finch (30 – b Poysden), Hodd (2 – c Clarke, b Hannon-Dalby), Lees (4 – c Ambrose, b Gordon), Maxwell (0 – c Evans, b Gordon), Leaning (45 – c Clarke, b Gordon), Bresnan (16 – c Ambrose, b Hannon-Dalby), Pyrah (13 – n.o.)

Extras; 4nb 2w 0b 7lb – 13

Did Not Bat; Middlebrook, Patterson, Fisher

132 for 7 (20.0 overs)

Bowling; Sheikh (4.0 / 18 / 1), Hannon-Dalby (4.0 / 27 / 2), Gordon (4.0 / 30 / 3), Patel (4.0 / 21 / 0), Barker (1.0 / 14 / 0), Poysden (3.0 / 15 / 1)

FOW; 17 – 20 – 36 – 36 – 79 – 118 – 132

Birmingham Bears; Bell (5 – b Maxwell), Chopra (3 – c Finch, b Maxwell), Porterfield (42 – c Leaning b Middlebrook), Ambrose (46 – b Patterson), Evans (32 – n.o.), Clarke (4 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Barker, Poysden, Patel, Hannon-Dalby, Gordon

Extras; 2nb 2w 0b 0lb – 4

136 for 4 (18.4 overs)

Bowling; Maxwell (4.0 / 26 / 2), Bresnan (3.0 / 32 / 0), Fisher (2.0 / 15 / 0), Patterson (2.4 / 23 / 1), Pyrah (4.0 / 24 / 0), Middlebrook (3.0 / 16 / 1)

FOW; 6 – 15 – 66 – 132

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

15.06.2015… 14/15 Photos…

As I may have already mentioned, on more than one occasion… 48 games, 6000 miles, rather too much cash… Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and the Conference…

I’ve put together an album containing a single image from each trip undertaken over the course of the last nine months, a chronological tour of pain

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The Chronological Tour of Pain…

Fixture lists appear on 17th June, so not long till it all begins again…

06.06.2015… Leics v NZL…

Leicestershire v New Zealand

Grace Road… Saturday June 6th…

New Zealand won by 198 runs

Ticket: £13 – Score Card: £1

A comfortable victory for New Zealand ahead of the first ODI against England at Edgbaston on Tuesday…

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New Zealand Batting First…

Teams…

Leicestershire; Angus Robson, +Lewis Hill, *Ned Eckersley, Umar Akmal, Neil Pinner, Tom Wells, Aadil Ali, Rob Sayer, James Sykes, Ollie Freckingham, Atif Sheikh.

New Zealand; Martin Guptill, *Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, +Luke Ronchi, Tom Latham, Ben Wheeler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Henry.

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New Zealand Win By 198 Runs…

Stats…

New Zealand; Guptill (4 – b Sheikh), McCullum (9 – c Hill b Sheikh), Williamson (45 c Eckersley b Wells), Taylor (77 – c Hill b Wells), Elliott (106 – n.o.), Santner (4 – lbw b Sheikh), Ronchi (106 – n.o)

Did Not Bat; Wheeler, McClenaghan, Henry, Southee

Extras; 2nb 12w 1b 7lb – 22

373 for 5 (50.0 overs)

Bowling; Sheikh (9.0 / 49 / 3), Freckingham (10.0 / 86 / 0), Wells (10.0 / 98 / 2), Sykes (6.1 / 36 / 0), Sayer (7.0 / 46 / 0), Pinner (0.5 / 10 / 0), Akmal (7.0 / 40 / 0)

FOW; 13 – 35 – 122 – 146 -152

Leicestershire; Robson (67 – b Wheeler), Hill (11 – b McClenaghan), Eckersley (4 – c Taylor b Henry), Akmal (26 – c Guptill b McClenaghan), Pinner (8 – c Santner b McClenaghan), Wells (2 – run out Guptill), Ali (4 – st Ronchi b Santner), Freckingham (3 – c Elliott b Santner), Sheikh (22 – c Latham b Guptill), Sayer (22 – n.o.), Sykes (0 – c Williamson b McClenaghan)

Extras; 0nb 5w 1b 0lb – 6

175 all out (42.3 overs)

Bowling; Wheeler (10.0 / 1m / 36 / 1), McClenaghan (9.3 / 31 / 4), Henry (10.0 / 49 / 1), Santner (10.0 / 34 / 2), Williamson (2.0 / 17 / 0), Guptill (1.0 / 7 / 1)

FOW; 16 – 29 – 74 – 84 – 101 – 111 – 117 – 133 – 168 – 175

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

03.06.2015… 14/15 Summary…

So, 2014-15, it’s all over…

The plan was to take in a game each weekend, takes some pictures, write some words; all just about achieved with the odd exception here and there. 48 games in total, 6000 miles covered; games watched in the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and the Conference…

Far too much money spent in the process to admit to but mission pretty much accomplished…

Newcastle United…   nufc

19 Games (6 Home, 13 Away)…

Won – 8, Drawn – 2, Lost – 9 / For – 20,  Against – 31

Final Position: 15th (20)

Miles Travelled – 4469

With the exception of the five weeks between the middle of October and late November, it was pretty awful throughout. The second half of the season deserves a special mention for serving up possibly of the most wretched set of performances I’ve ever witnessed as a supporter. Relegation was avoided on the final day of the season, we should be thankful for small mercies I suppose, and I did see most of our wins…

Highlights: Spurs (A), Chelsea (H)

Lowlights: Southampton (A), Manchester City (A), Leicester City (A)

Nuneaton Town…

17 Games (16 Home (1 Abandoned), 1 Away)

Won – 6,  Drawn – 4,  Lost – 6 / For – 19, Against – 21

Final Position: 24th (24)

Miles Travelled – 334

Not great. It was fairly apparent following the first few games what the eventual outcome would be. A late rally brought some hope but a points deduction and a further loss of form meant relegation in last place at the end of April…

Highlights: Forest Green Rovers (H), Macclesfield Town (A)

Lowlights: Eastleigh (H), Grimsby Town (H)

Gateshead… 

5 Games (2 Home, 3 Away)…

Won – 2,  Drawn – 1, Lost – 2 / For – 8, Against – 6

Final Position: 10th (24)

Miles Travelled – 393

A season of underachievement. Following last season’s Wembley Play Off final, expectations were high. Early season form was promising but fixture backlogs as a result of cup commitments and a mid-season loss of form lead to a tenth place finish. Didn’t get to as many games as I would have liked either, hope to get to a few more next season…

Highlights: Nuneaton Town (A)

Lowlights: FC Halifax Town (H)

Others… 

8 Games / 6 Grounds

Miles Travelled – 1007

Early season trips to a few Championship grounds, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town. Later in the season, a League One trip, Walsall was added to the list of grounds visited…

Meanwhile in League Two, a first ever trip to Carlisle United, followed by a further two later in the season. They won’t be an ‘other’ next season, they’re being added to the fold…

And North Shields at Wembley, need I say more…

Highlights: Portman Road, Carlisle United, North Shields at Wembley

The Remainder…

I’ve ended up spending rather too much money on programmes, the whole season can be found here, laid out in chronological order…

I bought a few magazines and fanzines along the way too; When Saturday Comes, World Soccer, Football Weekends, The Blizzard, True Faith. It’s always good to have something to read on those long train journeys…

Worst habit of the lot though, I’ve ended up back on the football stickers. What started out with a Brazil 2014 album has spiralled a little out of control. I’ll put a few pictures up on flickr, I’m not proud…

Going Forward…

And next season…? Who knows…?

Old Trafford, Anfield, Selhurst Park, Vicarage Road, Carrow Road, Broadhurst Park, Kingsmeadow, The Lamb Ground…

One thing is certain, it all starts on again on July 4th, Nuneaton Town v Derby County… But maybe a little bit of cricket in the interim to take the taste away…