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    Rugby Football 22-23

    There does seem to be a bit of an exodus of England players to France, Cowan-Dickie, Marchant and Simmonds in the last few days. Is it because they think they wouldn't get picked by Jones to play for England, because the Premiership isn't all it's cracked up to be and may be in serious...
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    Rugby Football 22-23

    Do the RFU have an overseas successor in place or is Steve Borthwick going to get the job! He was number 2 to Eddie for quite a while, can he make the jump up to head coach, or was he in fact the man who was holding England together until he left to take over at Leicester. I see Wales have...
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    Bit of a cliche I suppose but cricket, especially Test match cricket, is the winner and well done to both sets of players. Looking forward to the rest of the series now and I'll wait until the end of day 5 before commenting on the Multan pitch. They might need to rest Anderson, or Robinson...
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    association football

    Interesting and uncomfortable film on Film 4 last night. It was called simply 'Cow' and portrayed the life a Dairy Cow and her calf on a farm in Kent. I'll be honest I didn't watch it all because I found it so uncomfortable to watch. It was probably very much down to the art of the filmmaker...
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    At tea on the final day it looks more likely that Pakistan will hold on for a win. England have had some opportunities and the technology might well be seen to be just a little questionable in that final over before the break. Terrific crowd and any way you slice it the new England have...
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    association football

    Very impressed with Tyler Adams and I think we (LUFC) have a gem there. On transfer deadline day we were within a gnats whisker of signing Gakpo, who was also impressive for the Dutch. Looking forward to the England game tonight, love those Senegal fans who spell out the team's name. Hope...
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    Positive declaration and some shock tactics from the bowlers have certainly livened up this match. It won't drag me out of bed to watch the first session, but I might get up a few minutes earlier in the morning in anticipation. It's all weird stuff and you expect them to fall flat on their...
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    ECB hearings

    Interview with the ECB Chairman on TMS during the lunch break this morning. He wouldn't comment on the Azeem Rafiq affair as the investigation is finished and the matter is completely in the hands of the CDC. However, talking about the wider review into racism in cricket which is also due to...
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    2023 fixtures:

    Shrewsbury on the BBC scores I heard, surely it's only Shrowsbury for those in the east, over Birmingham way!
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    Rugby Football 22-23

    Leeds Tykes fought back to gain a draw against Cambridge. 2 drawn games in a row but I'm sure they will take some more positives from this one against second placed Cambridge. Still in the bottom three though.
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    Watched and listened to a bit of the cricket on day 3. Quite an enjoyable experience despite the flat wicket. Big enthusiastic crowd seemed just happy to see their heroes batting. It doesn't look to be too hot and the England players seemed happy enough to be there and maintained what...
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    ECB hearings

    I may have been a little harsh there, but of course we lost the previous Chairman Steve Denison, to an accounting scandal, involving BHS and not YCCC, through his work at PWC. I can't remember the detailed timings, but Roger Hutton was rather thrown in at the deep end and I'm sure now wishes he...
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    ECB hearings

    Extremely difficult situation. I think the Royal family are going to need to grow a very thick skin in the coming years. I can see why they want to get involved in 'issues' in order to show they are still relevant to society. Personally, I think they would be better advised to stick to the...
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    I noticed Shan Masood doing a lot of fielding on day one, so he isn't too far away from the Pakistan team. I too hope we don't get caught out with an absentee captain for a significant part of the season. Pope missed a couple of half chances, a catch and a possible stumping. Hard to fault...
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    We will have to see what transpires with this 'featherbed', Pakistan are going about their reply in a more traditional manner so far but you feel England are in for a long period of chasing leather with their bowling resources being stretched. If we are lucky and the pitch does break up and...
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    2023 fixtures:

    I'm being cowardly and not booking any accommodation until we get close enough to have some idea what the weather is going to do. Chester-le-Street, Chesterfield, Worcester and Radlett, because I've never been there, are on the radar. Hove looks a bit early unless I can interest my better...
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    Rugby Football 22-23

    I read of some concern about the finances of Exeter RUFC with the Chairman having to step in and buy some of their assets to bail them out. I hope they don't end up following the path of Wasps and Worcester.
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    association football

    This World cup just keeps on giving with Germany and Belgium packing their bags after today's dramatic games. It wasn't meant to be, but a winter World cup now seems like a genius idea, at least to me.
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    I don't think Rehan Ahmed has done enough on the cricket field to justify his being picked for England in this series, I therefore doubt Close's record will go. Two things really, if you had a decent memory, I'm sure you could make out quite a long list of spin bowlers England have brought in...
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    Pakistan v England Tests

    Brook was in with a chance of breaking the record for the fastest 100 by an English player in Tests. In the end it took him 80 balls and Gilbert Jessop's record of 76 balls still stands. Not for long I would hazard with this lot around. Some questions were asked about Brook, he had a poor T20...
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