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Yes, it is not only the England men that are hitting the headlines this spring, but the England women are currently unbeatable against their New Zealand opponents. After storming to a 4-0 T20 win, with one match abandoned, the England women were on top form heading into the current ODI series. A comprehensive 2-0 ODI lead with one still left to play has highlighted their skill and ability to compete alongside the England men in the UAE. Despite there being great performances from the majority of the team, I have selected two of the top performers within the England women’s setup based on the ODI series as it stands…

  • Charlotte Edwards – It looks like it wasn’t only Alastair Cook who took the limelight as both captain and batsman in the Pakistan ODI series. The England women’s captain Edwards is so far doing the same. With a clean knock of 84 in Lincoln, Edwards top-scored in England’s first innings, despite being LBW to Bates in the 35th over Edwards set it up for England to surpass the 233 total. Taking the lead once more in the second ODI again in Lincoln, Edwards was the stand out performer with a fabulous 137 from just 88 balls in a rain-affected match. Reduced to just 26 overs a side made Edward’s innings even more impressive as England racked up 219; a revised total of 224 for New Zealand was too much as they crumbled under the pressure. A successive victory, so let’s just hope the series is wrapped up with a whitewash.
  • Laura Marsh – March has so far impressed with bat and ball throughout the series, currently with a total of 59 runs and 3 wickets. First obtaining the crucial wicket of opener Martin, caught and bowled for 29, Marsh returned figures of 1-35 from her 10 in the first game. Then scoring a notable 44, Marsh helped to set up victory after the loss of Edward’s, before she also departed, out to Bates. Moving up from fifth to open in the second game, Marsh could only manage 15 before falling to Candy. But despite a poor performance with the bat, Marsh came back with the wickets of Nielsen and Tahuhu, with figures of 2-35 from 5 overs. Although Shrubsole was the star bowler with 3-28, Marsh has still impressed with her two performances, and has still one more opportunity to build upon her decent start.

With England winning the two games by 5 wickets and 59 runs (D/L) respectively, it is all to play for tomorrow as England try to claim their successive series victory. For New Zealand though they need to win in order to restore their pride, as they are yet to beat England on this tour. So keep up to date tomorrow to see if England can make it through the New Zealand tour undefeated, fingers crossed they do! Their next tour is back at home, commencing 26thJune against India women at Canterbury in a 2 match T20 and 5 match ODI series.  It is great to see the women influencing the world of sport, it is not often televised or spoken about within the media, but I think for women to become more acknowledged in sport, they really do need media coverage. So get supporting the England women this year if you are not already!

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Could it get much better? Well yes, a series whitewash would be the icing on the cake. Nevertheless, for now, England can sit back and enjoy their latest, comprehensive victory that sees England fans once again surprised by their ODI form. For the third successive time I cannot compliment England’s performance further, they pulled it out of the bag once more, as they won by a wonderful 9 wickets. Remaining unchanged England started off in the field for the first time this series, as Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Undeterred (well slightly at the beginning) the bowlers reduced Pakistan to 222 within the 50 overs, a total that England found easy, well more than easy to chase! What seems to be coming the usual now, Finn and Cook stood out today, their consistent performances showcasing England’s talent. Who were the stars of today’s victory then…

  • Steven Finn – I cannot praise Finn more than I have done already, another superb performance today by the big man with another three wickets under his belt. Making the early breakthrough, Finn snatched the wickets of openers Farhat and Hafeez, as he sailed through to claim his final wicket, Adnan Akmal, later on in Pakistan’s innings. The most astonishing element of Finn’s bowling though has to be his economy rate, from his 10 overs going for 2.40 is amazing… the limited overs format suits Finn down to the ground. Surely now his brilliant skill must be rewarded with another chance in the Test team?
  • Stuart Broad – Unlikely to be one of the top performers if you just went off the back of his first over; going for 16 runs it wasn’t what England were hoping for. Including a wicket from a no ball, Broad would have to patch it up quickly. Following up with successive wicket maidens however, shall we say, was just a slight improvement! Broad certainly did pull it back, and was finally rewarded with 3-42, a great performance that was definitely not predicted after just six balls.
  • Alastair Cook – With 2 centuries already secured, a third was on the cards, and the way Cook went about his innings today, it looked a certainty. A supreme innings, even including a 6 from the captain, Cook hit his way to 80 from 98. Unable to get to the nervous nineties, fooled by Ajmal – and not for the first time – Cook gets a faint edge behind to the ‘keeper, what a shame but it was not to be. If Cook can produce one more fantastic performance on Tuesday, then this series will definitely be his own!
  • Kevin Pietersen – After a poor Test series, and no ODI century since 2008, once Pietersen took hold today he didn’t stop until he broke that 100 barrier. On a boundary surge, KP defied spin for the first time this tour and finally showed off the talent we all knew he had. Smashing his way to 111 from 98 balls, Pietersen was euphoric with his triumph, and why not? Truly showing the rest how to perform in ODIs, Pietersen is hopefully regaining some form, but it is too early to say that he is back to his best, way too early. So, let’s hope it can continue.

Rounding off a win with a Pietersen extra-cover drive for four, it sealed the series result in England’s favour. However, it all comes down to Tuesday when England must prove that they have utterly conquered the one-day format and complete a series whitewash over Pakistan. It can be done, of course it can, but whether or not England pull it off is a different matter – I believe they can, and it will give them a great boost going into the T20 series.

Moving away from the England lads for a minute, it must be mentioned that the England women have started their tour off versus New Zealand with a resounding T20 win by 6 wickets.  Restricting New Zealand to just a mere 80 runs, Anya Shrubsole starred with 5-11which is only the 4th 5 wicket haul in women’s T20 cricket. Alongside Shrubsole, Hazell with 3-15, helped to limit the opposition’s total, as New Zealand managed to scrape to 80 with one wicket remaining. Despite faltering in the run chase, ‘keeper S. Taylor and Beaumont stuck in taking England from 44-4, to the winning total of 81, with a 37 run partnership, that took the England women over the line to a comprehensive win. Hopefully they can make it 2-0 with their next game airing tonight; with both our England men and women in victorious form, it is a good time to be an England fan!

So that’s all for today, an England series whitewash is with any luck just around the corner, if they can repeat their performances in the T20 series soon approaching, they will have had a rather interesting series. Let’s see how they fair on Tuesday, but I am sure they’ll do just great… come on England!

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I don’t even know how to put it into words, but I’m going to give it a go. Please just be aware that my emotions may get the better of me (as I am a massive fan of the England boys) and I may just rant a little about England’s pitiful performance. Apart from that I will try and tell you just how we suffered a 5-0 whitewash when we were in the best of positions to actually win a game. I am still in shock to how bad the batting collapse turned out to be, why England, why? Okay, right I must stop whining about how poor we were… but I just can’t help it! Surely this time I can be right in saying that in the T20, the format in which we are number one, we can get a victory. Despite all I’m putting here, I just want England to know that I still love them regardless, and they have my full backing and support!

This time around we bowled first, and once the Indians reached 80 for no loss I thought here we go again… but then to my surprise three wickets were lost with no runs being added. Now you can expect my delight at these scenes, well less delight it was more like elation. It was Finn who made the breakthrough, beautifully bowling Gambhir with an inside edge, Kohli was the next man in and 45 balls later he too suffered at the hands of Finny who removes his off stump. The next breakthrough came in the next over to Bresnan, who removes Rahane due to a stunning catch from Kieswetter who’s ‘keeping has improved through the series. This short spell of fantastic bowling here really set up the foundations for England; I was truly amazed and knew they could take advantage of the situation. Meaker earned his second International wicket off Tiwary caught behind for 24, whilst one of the danger men Raina was later run-out splendidly by Bopara to leave India on 162-5. With this score after 37 overs England were really dominating and looked to be in a fantastic position.  Jadeja was the next man to go once India had reached the 200 mark, to be Patel’s first wicket down to a great catch by Bell (KP had a fractured thumb so was left out of the side, and Bell finally got a go). Once India were 215-7 after 45.4 overs it seemed like a nice total to chase if we kept the scoring down. This wasn’t to happen as the great player that is Dhoni went on a boundary rampage to help India finish on 271-8, with 56 runs added in the remaining 4 overs which is nothing less than incredible! Unfortunately for us it did take the game out of our hands for yet another time in the series.

So with another great score by the Indians England needed to get off to a flier, and for once this is exactly what they did. Both openers played amazingly well, they scored above the rate and hit boundaries galore taking England to 129 for no loss, this was by far their best start in the series and was a joy to see for a change. But as I usually seem to jinx the team both Cook and Kieswetter fell within an over of each other, Cook for 60 then moments later Kiesy for 63. 134-2 was not a problem as we had the rest of our experienced batting line-up to come, I say experienced… once you bring on part-time spin they just crumble. Basically Bell, Trott, Bairstow, Bopara and Bresnan who were supposed to take England all the way collapsed at the sight of a spinning ball as England lost these 5 wickets for only 33 runs, it really is unbelievable! I stared aimlessly at the action unfolding and this was the time that I had to tell myself that yes, we were going to suffer a whitewash, as hard as it was it was going to be true. Meaker and Finn were the last two to go and it wasn’t their fault it should have been completed by the batsmen within the team, 176 all out and that was that. Disbelief is all that can explain how I felt. How it happened again, a batting collapse I mean, was astonishing as England definitely had it in the bag, in fact we were coasting to a win it really is as simple as that.

So with the series wrapped up MS Dhoni took the MOTS and it was truly deserved as he was not-out for the whole series, which really is a great feat in itself as well as captaining the side, and on several occasions taking them to a victory. England now look forward to the T20 that awaits them and hopefully we can take a victory back with us, there were positives such as the outstanding bowling of Steven Finn throughout the series, as well as the impressive starts to their careers made by Meaker and Borthwick! So fingers crossed that it is onwards and upwards for England, as don’t forget we still remain World Test Number One and T20 Champions, as well as whitewashing the Indians in the summer. Our talent is still there we just haven’t managed to show it in this series, just wait and we’ll see it return quickly I’m sure!

Just quickly in other news the England women have whitewashed the South Africans 3-0, after winning their final game today by 5 wickets. Bowling the South Africans out cheaply for 181, the women made short work of the total after suffering on 42-5, with great innings from Greenway and Knight with 63 and 55 respectively to take the England women to victory. They too also have T20’s coming up, and have definitely showed the England men how to win games in style!

The T20 is on Saturday so tune in and hopefully we may witness England’s first victory in India this year. It is unfortunately England’s last game of this year, and we will see them return in January next year much more refreshed and relaxed I hope, until Saturday I’ll see you then… in a victorious mood – fingers crossed.

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Another game and another loss for the England boys on Indian soil, with their last One-Day game tomorrow they will have to pull out all the stops and more to save themselves from a 5-0 whitewash. With a T20 also being played this weekend surely we can dominate, especially with the latest T20 standings released today confirming England as number one, along with Eoin Morgan topping the batting tables which is a great achievement!

But what exactly happened yesterday? Well, once again openers Cook and Kieswetter just couldn’t get ahead even with two towering sixes being struck by Kiesy, they both fell eventually LBW within the space of 7 overs… leaving England with a tough task at 39-2. Trott and KP took England over the 100 mark and looked set to make a decent partnership, but as usual throughout this tour our batsmen keep getting out in the 30’s or 40’s and not making that big score. So Trott and KP fell for 39 and 41 respectively, but at least they were able to reach double figures… unfortunately for Bopara (8) and Bairstow (9) this wasn’t the case as they were unable to get the ball away as they both fell to the spin of Jadeja. So okay we were 145-6 this wasn’t the worst case scenario, I mean we could have been all out for 145, the players just had to keep focused about scoring a large total. Patel and Bresnan set about doing this, with Bressy in particular hitting six crisp fours on his way to a very decent 45. But it was Patel who was first to depart with only 14 to his name, as once more another one of the English batsmen couldn’t defy the Indian spinners, but with Bresnan in tow they were able to take England just shy of 200. With at least another 100 needed on the board to put up a fight England needed something that little bit special, but once pace bowler Aaron was brought back on the scene he mopped up the tail of Borthwick and Meaker, along with the final wicket of Bresnan to dismiss England for a mere 220 all out.

So as England took to the field their bowling and fielding needed to be spot on to give them a chance of winning this game. You could say inroads were made early on, as Finn was impressive in his first spell, two beautiful straight deliveries dismissed both Patel and Gambhir removing their middle stumps in superb style! Six overs after the loss of Gambhir, Rahane was the man to go this time to debutant Meaker to give him his maiden International wicket along with a stunning catch from ‘keeper Kieswetter. With India on 46-3 every England fan had their hopes raised, and started to believe like I, that maybe, just maybe there was an inkling of a victory. However this was not to be. Kohli and Raina the danger pair came together once more to create an extremely valuable partnership that took the game out of England’s hands, 23 fours were hit between them to power India forwards to 177 before the next and final wicket of the innings fell. Raina was the man, and Finn for the third time this match sent the stumps flying… a few strong words were exchanged to say the least by Finn, in fact it provoked an apology at the end of the game as he later admitted his emotions got the better of him. This outburst didn’t faze the Indians as the remaining 46 runs were struck in very quick time and left England a little worse for wear, a 4-0 defeat with one game left to play, and the word whitewash now being muttered by every fan, English and Indian alike.

At least the women are able to keep up the good work of the England side, but hopefully (I know I keep saying this) the England lads can just pull together to prevent a whitewash and prove to everyone that this young side can beat India on their home soil. Their final game commences tomorrow, with the T20 on Saturday, so not long to go before they can relax over the winter for the upcoming series against the West Indies, Australia and South Africa next year!

So come on England show ‘em what you’re made of!

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Well since my last blog post England appeared to be losing their ability to bounce back during difficult games, going 2-1 down in the series, after Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets in the third ODI. England were facing a series defeat which would end their winning streak, after not losing a series since last summer… but the series was not yet over. I was sure I was experiencing déjà vu of the England of old but I kept my faith in them, and I was gratefully reassured with what was to follow.

After putting Sri Lanka in to bat at Trent Bridge earlier in the week, we were treated to what I would like to call a spectacle from England’s opening pair Jimmy Anderson – who struck in his first and third over with the prize scalps of Dilshan and Chandimal – and Tim Bresnan. After just 16 overs Sri Lanka were 5-57, leaving them on 174 in under less than 50 overs, with Jimmy and Jade Dernbach claiming 3-a-piece. England looked back to their prime form, and it got even better when the doubted Cook who ended up with 95* and Kiesy (Kieswetter), sped to victory without the loss of a wicket! I must say this was one great performance from the lads and made the decider at Old Trafford even more scintillating… again I must reinforce I am not bias, well okay just a tad.

So they moved on to Manchester, winning the toss Cook and Kiesy took to their crease, both needed to give England a head start as this was the series at stake – and they did just that. They put on 85 for the first wicket; this you would have thought might have put England in the driving seat especially with a Man of the Match award winning 72 from Trott. Both you and I would be wrong however, as in pure England style they suffered a mini collapse with 5 of the batsmen not reaching double figures. Dernbach and Anderson took the total to a reasonable score of 268 but we the batting line up of Sri Lanka they might have fallen quite a few runs short. I remained optimistic and hoped for a thriller and that was definitely what we got, after the first 3 wickets fell quickly the performers came to the fore and a loss for England was looking imminent. But a breakthrough by Swann led the surprise turnaround into our favour, as the match came to the decider Sri Lanka needed 17 runs form just 12 balls – over to Dernbach. I am telling you now I like him more and more by the day and this spell certainly helped, his magnificent slower balls and yorkers dismissed the final 2 batsmen in successive balls in amazing style!! The sheer ecstasy I felt was unbelievable, not only did England clinch a win but they won the series and I am a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I am still overwhelmed that we won. Not that I didn’t believe they could do, it was just the style it was done in like I have stated an emphatic win… pure class!

Still on a positive note England women won the ODI Quadrangular Series, beating Australia in the final by 34 runs, maintaining their number one spot! In other women’s news the great batsmen Claire Taylor has announced her retirement from International Cricket. After a career spanning 14 years Taylor played in 15 tests, 126 ODI’s and 27 T20’s, not forgetting she also lifted two world cups and won the Ashes. Also among her achievements Taylor was named one of Wisden’s fiver cricketers of the year, being the first woman to do so… in 2009 a MBE was also awarded to her for her great performances she brought to the sport. So I wish Claire all the best for the rest of her career!

Now you may have noticed from the title that certain records may have been broken, and it’s all to do with one man from Somerset! Can anyone guess who? Well it would be Arul Suppiah who made T20 history on Tuesday when he broke not just county but International records, by taking figures of 6-5. Somerset beat the opposition, Glamorgan, by five wickets further improving their chances of a quarter-final place. In other county news, in the T20 North Group it is certain that Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire will have a home quarter-final… who do you believe now will come out on top this year as the final is drawing ever closer?! I can honestly say I love both Notts and Leicestershire Foxes so I would love to see one of them at least reach the finals, Outlaws v Foxes now that would be a hard decision!

Until next time…

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What a week it has been in the cricketing world! First up Alistair Cook took centre stage in his first ODI as captain on Tuesday at The Oval, and with it came a comprehensive win of 110 runs!! Not to sound like a broken record :) but rain did interrupt the game once again reducing it to 32 overs… however despite the rain I can happily say (well… actually I am ecstatically happy!) that Craig Kieswetter went back to his best with a rather quick 61 off 59 balls. Now I have been waiting for this performance and I must admit that it was a sheer delight to watch… well in my eyes anyway! Anyway after posting 229, England took to the field, and at 14-5 you could say I was a little more than surprised :D The duo of Jimmy and Swann were the key with 7 wickets between them, but Dernbach also impressed me on his debut with 2 wickets… could he be an important member in the squad?! Only time will tell.

After this great victory I sat down today to expect more of the same, unfortunately Sri Lanka were back to their best with Mahela Jayawardene top-scoring with 144! With a score of 309, this was a mammoth-task for the England boys but I remained optimistic especially after two amazing run-outs by Broad and Jimmy at the start of the innings … there were some good batting performances also from Cook, Morgan and Bell but all the same England fell short by 69 runs :( This means the NatWest Series is now level 1-1, but who will come out on top – England fingers crossed – do me proud please boys!!

In the Women’s news they have won the T20 Quadrangualr Series so big congrats to them!! They have now moved onto the ODI Quadrangular Series, they have won their first ODI against India in the Quadrangular Series, beating them by six wickets.  India were all out for 202-9 with Holly Colvin and Kathryn Brunt with 2 wickets a piece, and two great run-outs amongst the wickets, in the batting department Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway impressed both passing 50 helping England get over the line. Hopefully more victories will follow to allow them to win this Quadrangular Series also, let’s keep cheering them on!!

Keep an eye on the county game also, with a few County Championship games going on; it’s easy to forget with all this T20 action on our screens. I mean you can’t complain about there being no cricket on now can you? Anyway I will be off to a few T20, county and International games this summer, so match reports or photos will be posted if you are interested… but for now that’s this blog done!!

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Sharing my birthday with the one and only England T20 captain yesterday, Stuart Broad, made me even more proud when he took to the field today for his captaincy debut. Granted, England did suffer a massive defeat this afternoon but we can’t expect fireworks every game especially with a new look side. Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen were the two impressers, with 47 and 41 respectively in quick fire innings… unfortunately though the rest of the batting order could not live up to the same standard with Lumb and Kieswetter going early at the start of the innings. Maybe one surprise was the exclusion of the in-form Ian Bell, though we could not say that with him included the result would have been any different – I think we need to accept the decisions made by the selectors and the captain himself. Who would you have chosen however to star in your T20 team?! Looking towards next week, Tuesday sees the start of the ODI series against Sri Lanka where we will see Alastair Cook take centre stage and all the best to him and the rest of the England squad…

Also today, the England women impressed once again by beating Australia and cementing their place in the Quadrangular final on Monday with a 22-run victory. Hopefully they can clinch a win and show the guys what they’re made of… come on girls!

In current county news though I have the latest standings in the tables for you…

  • FLT20
    North Group and South Group respectively:

The top 3 are… Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Durham Sussex, Hampshire and Somerset

  • CB40 Groups are as follows:

Group A: The top three are Sussex, Middlesex and Derbyshire

Group B: The top three are… Surrey, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire

Group C: The top three are … Sussex, Essex and Glamorgan

  • LVCC Championship Division 1 and Division 2 respectively:

The top three are… Durham, Lancashire and WarwickshireNorthamptonshire, Middlesex and Gloucestershire

Don’t forget though there is still plenty of county cricket remaining so these standings could alter at any time, and not being biased in the slightest but I have a feeling Warwickshire and Leicestershire could do well this year. I wait in anticipation!

Anyway moving on there is cricket to be watched so if there are any topics or features you would like to see on here please let me know. Hope you enjoyed…

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