Month: May 2017

29.05.2017… Aus v Pak…

Australia v Pakistan

Edgbaston… Monday May 27th

No Result

Ticket: £15

Rain was the only winner, with the second ICC Champions Trophy Warm Up match abandoned after 10.2 overs…

Hoping for a better day on Friday, as Australia take on New Zealand, in the tournament proper…

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Before the Rain: Australia Bat…

Australia (15 Man Squad); Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Chris Lynn, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Moises Henriques, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Travis Head

Pakistan (15 Man Squad); Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz

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The Heavens Open…

Stats…

Australia; Warner (11 – c Sa Ahmed b Amir), Finch (36 – n.o) Smith (8 – n.o)

Did Not Bat; Zampa, Lynn, Maxwell, Pattinson, Hastings, Hazlewood, Stoinis, Wade, Starc, Henriques, Cummins, Head

Extras; 0nb 0w 0b 2lb – 2

57 for 1 (10.2 overs)

Bowling; Amir (4 / 9 / 1), Ashraf (3 / 30 / 0), Wasim (2 / 12 / 0), J Khan (1.2 / 4 / 0)

FOW; 30

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

27.05.2017… Ban v Pak…

Bangladesh v Pakistan

Edgbaston… Saturday May 27th

Pakistan win by 2 wickets

Ticket: £15

A win for Pakistan in the first ICC Champions Trophy Warm Up match at Edgbaston…

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Pre-Match: Doing a Bit of Revision…

Bangladesh (15 Man Squad); Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed

Pakistan (15 Man Squad); Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz

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First Innings: Bangladesh Bat…

Stats…

Bangladesh; Iqbal (102 – c J Khan b S Khan), Sarkar (19 – c Azam b J Khan), Kayes (61 – lbw S Khan), Rahim (46 – c Malik b J Khan), Al Hasan (23 – c S Khan b Ali), Mahmudullah (29 – c Malik b Ali), M Hossain (26 – c Ali b J Khan), Hasan (13 – r.o. Shehzad), Mortaza (1 c Ashraf b J Khan), Su Islam (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; M Rahman, R Hossain, S Rahman, Sh Islam, Ahmed

Extras; 2nb 16w 1b 2lb – 21

341 for 9 (50 overs)

Bowling; J Khan (9 / 73 / 4), Ali (10 / 58 / 2), Ashraf (5 / 35 / 0), Riaz (9 / 68 / 0), Hafeez (3 / 11 / 0), S Khan (9 / 55 / 2), Wasim (4 / 38 / 0)

FOW; 27 – 169 – 219 – 247 – 296 – 302 – 331 – 338 – 341

Pakistan; Ali (8 – c Rahim b Ahmed), Shehzad (44 – b Al Hasan), Azam (1 – c Rahim b Mortaza), Hafeez (49 – c Kayes b Sh Islam), Malik (72 – c Kayes b Hasan), Ahmed (5 – c Su Islam b M Hossain), Wasim (45 – c M Hossain b Hasan), S Khan (7 – r.o. Hasan), Ashraf (64 – n.o.), Ali (27 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Zaman, Sohail, J Khan, Amir, Riaz

Extras; 1nb 13w 4b 2lb – 20

342 for 8 (49.3 overs)

Bowling; Mortaza (9.3 / 68 / 1), Ahmed (9 / 80 / 1), Sh Islam (7 / 46 / 1), Sarkar (5 / 25 / 0), Al Hasan (6 / 41 / 1), Su Islam (3 / 17 / 0), M Hossain (6 / 29 / 1), Hasan (4 / 30 / 2)

FOW; 14 – 19 – 78 – 157 – 168 – 227 – 242 – 249

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

26.05.2017… 16/17 Photos…

48 games, 7280 miles, far too much cash, and now it’s over…

Click on the collage below to be directed towards shots from each of those trips undertaken over the course of the last nine months…

Another Season Completed…

The Premier League fixture list is released on 14th June, with the first games taking place on 12th August…

In the meantime, it’s time for some cricket…

26.05.2017… 16/17 Summary…

48 games attended this season, two down on last year. Games attended in (deep breath)… the Premier League, Championship, League Two, National League, National League North, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League…

7,280 miles covered, almost an identical total to last season. This was largely down to the additional number of trips made to St. James’ Park…

Newcastle United…   nufc

20 Games (16 Home, 4 Away)

Won – 11, Drawn – 4, Lost – 5 / For – 37,  Against – 18

Final Position: 1st (24) – Promoted 

Miles Travelled – 5,730

An instant return to the Premier League, as EFL Champions…

As predicted, unlike the last couploe of seasons, it’s been a struggle to get tickets for away games (ood that). As a result, as much as I enjoyed promotion, I felt a little bit detached. Lots of home games though, there’s more than one way to put in those ‘hard miles’…

Sitting in the home end at Ipswich is not an experience that I would wish to repeat, and (depending on how we start), tickets could be at even more of a premium next season. Starting to think about a season ticket, much against my better judgment…

Highlights: Preston NE (h) EFLC4, Barnsley (h)

Lowlights: Ipswich Town (a)

Birmingham City…

14 Games (13 Home, 1 Away)

Won – 3, Drawn – 3, Lost – 8 / For – 9,  Against – 21

Final Position: 19th (24)

Relegation avoided on the final day of the season…

A little disillusioned with Nuneaton Town, ticket prices coupled with lack of ambition. As a result I started to go to St. Andrews’ instead. They remind me of us a little, and they’re not fans of Villa either…

Highlights: Huddersfield Town (h)

Lowlights: Queens Park Rangers (h), Wigan Athletic (h)

Gateshead (4) / Nuneaton Town (6) / Carlisle United (1)gateshead

11 Games (11 Home, 0 Away)…

Won – 4, Drawn – 4, Lost – 3 

Final Position: 8th (24)/ 12th (22) / 6th (24)

The now annual mid-table finish for Gateshead. Nuneaton flirted with relegation before a late season rally. Carlisle started well but faded, losing in the Play-Off Semi-Finals to Exeter City…

Numbers down across the piece, predominantly due to personal circumstances but partly as a result of Birmingham City…

Others…

6 Games / 4 Grounds

Not many this year… Molineux, The King Power, The City Ground and the Stadium of Light…

A pre-season trip to Wolves to acquire a purchase history; a trip to Forest (v Brighton), I still love the view of the River Trent and Trent Bridge from the Brian Clough Stand. A first visit to the Stadium of Light (nowhere near as bad as i’d imagined), and three trips to the King Power, including the Champions League round of 16 victory over Sevilla.

Highlights: Leicester City v Sevilla FC

21.05.2017… Leics v Kent…

Leicestershire v Kent

Grace Road… Sunday May 21st

Leicestershire 420 all out / Kent 193-5

Ticket: £12

A full day’s play on the third day, following two days of rain. No play had been possible on Day One, with only intermittent play on Day Two…

Leicestershire progressed from 129-2 overnight to make 420 all out, with Kent 193-5 at the close…

On the final day, Kent went on to make 462/9 declared. Leicestershire responded with 61/2 and the match was drawn…

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Morning Session: Leicestershire Bat…

Leicestershire; Paul Horton, Harry Dearden, Colin Ackermann, Mark Cosgrove*, Ned Eckersley+, Mark Pettini, Tom Wells, Callum Parkinson, Clint McKay, Deiter Klein, Gavin Griffiths

Kent; Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sean Dickson, Joe Denly, Sam Northeast*, William Gidman, Darren Stevens, Adam Rouse+,  James Harris, James Tredwell, Matt Coles, Matt Hunn

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After Lunch: Leicestershire Bat…

Stats (Day 3)…

Leicestershire; (129-2 overnight),  Ackermann (89 – c Bell-Drummond b Coles), Cosgrove (39 – lbw Stevens), Eckersley (33 – b Tredwell), Pettini (8 – lbw Harris), Wells (46 – c Harris b Hunn), Parkinson (2 – c sub b Hunn), McKay (66 – r.o. Denly), Klein (23 – c sub b Hunn), Griffiths (14 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; None

Extras; 0nb 0w 4b 14lb – 18

420 all out (112.4 overs)

Bowling; Coles (27 /114 / 2), Stevens (21 / 44 / 2), Harris (28 / 72 / 1), Gidman (5 / 27 / 0), Hunn (22 / 110 / 3), Tredwell (8.4 / 43 / 1), Denly (1 / 2 /0)

FOW; 189 – 244 – 265 – 271 – 278 – 335 – 358 – 420

Kent; Bell-Drummond (35 – b Wells), Dickson (0 – lbw Klein), Denly (10 – b Klein), Northeast (40 c Cosgrove b Klein), Gidman (24 – c Eckersley b Klein), Stevens (54 – n.o.), Rouse (9 – n.o)

To Bat; Coles, Harris, Tredwell, Hunn

Extras; 6nb 0w 9b 1lb 5pen – 21

193 for 5 (39 overs)

Bowling; Klein (11 / 48 / 4), McKay (11 / 28 / 0), Griffiths (9 / 30 / 0), Wells (4 / 40 / 1), Parkinson (3 / 30 / 0), Cosgrove (1 / 2/ 0)

FOW; 5 – 25 – 82 – 101 – 144

As usual, more pictures on flickr…