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Long-time no blog.

Would love to say I have been travelling the world, or following England in their escapades across India, but it’s been uni, uni, uni since September to be honest.

It just meant that I was unfortunately unable to cover the England winter matches this season, but I promise to be back at the start of the 2013 season that is only 6 and a half weeks away!

This year obviously I will be blogging about the England home games against New Zealand, not forgetting the finest battle in cricket, the 2013 Ashes!

Also updates on the county circuit as to whether the Bears can retain their crown as LVCC Champions, Hampshire their 40 over title and of course if Hampshire can claim yet another T20 trophy. Who knows it may be Somerset who has their eye on that T20 title this year?

So keep a look out in the upcoming weeks, as this will be the place to be for all things cricket… I know I personally can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!

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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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Hello all, I am back with my first 2012 post *cheers*, your wait is over and you can divulge into my lasting musings for another year… so be ready and prepared for a fun-filled, roller-coaster year in the cricketing calendar. Firstly if you are new to my blog, welcome, it is great to have new readers and I hope you enjoy what I can only describe as the true fans guide to the world of cricket, as I encourage everyone to share their views. I try to provide everyone with all the latest news, whilst adding that female twist to the game – yes I am female, and yes I love cricket! Secondly, hello wonderful regulars it is great to have you back for another year, and I must say a huge thank you for the support and lovely comments throughout my ‘debut’ year in 2011.

With all that out of the way, this year I hope to make Caught At Slip really successful, in terms of attracting more cricket lovers to the site who wish to air their views on Domestic or International cricket. So any of you out there who knows someone with a passion for the game, or you have a friend who is slowly becoming a fan… then you know where to direct them!

Right now down to the cricket at last. For those who struggled with the lack of cricket over the winter, we are being treated to a Test Series between the Aussie’s and the Indians. I know it is not really a substitute for you die-hard England fans, but the sheer skill of both sides is evident, even though India’s prestige seems to be slipping as they are losing the series 2-0 with two still left to play. We have already witnessed the likes of Clarke, Hussey and Ponting at their best – 329*, 150* and 134 respectively. Let me tell you that was impressive to see, the slick cover drives and square cuts it was pure brilliance if I may say so! Not forgetting also the “Little Master’s” seemingly harder challenge to conquer the 100th ton feat, the agony to fall at the final hurdle – what can’t you like about this clash?

But I don’t know if it is just me, as the England winter tour versus Pakistan is about to begin this Tuesday the excitement is just about containable. Yet we are what, 11 days into 2012 and there has already been plenty of ‘goings-on’ within the England camp. Namely that of Tim Bresnan having to fly home due to his elbow not having fully recovered, plus throw this into the mix, Tremmers is currently suffering from an eye infection (I did say it would be a roller-coaster year)… but it isn’t all doom and gloom as it does just happen to clear the way for Finn to show-off his skills on the UAE pitches. Having already beaten the ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI – try saying that quickly – by 3 wickets things are looking good for 2012, not that I want to jinx anything of course. Having the ICC boys at 90-6 we we’re sailing through, but an upsurge in runs enabled them to reach 281, which was a slight challenge. Managing to reach 185 for the loss of 8 wickets, Captain Fantastic declared, which I must say in hindsight was definitely the way to go, considering we then knocked ICC over for 164 leaving England with a total of 261. It was a close run match but England clinched the win despite the loss of 7 wickets, a winning start is always wonderful even if it is a tour match. Oh and how can I not include that Stuart Broad, after making his return, received a 7 wicket match haul, get in there Stuey! Actually as I write this England are currently involved in their second tour match this time versus the Pakistan Cricket Board XI, England finishing Day 1 on 269/9 declared, with the PCB XI at 23-0, the highlight being Cook standing tall with 133… need I say more?!

However it is not only the big boys who are excelling over in the UAE, the England Lions are now also in action over in Bangladesh in an unofficial ODI series consisting of 5 matches. We have a mix of and old and new Lions touring this year, and exciting ones at that, such as Roy, Vince, Mills, Buck and Maynard. Losing by six wickets to Bangladesh A in their first game their top order seemed to struggle with the pitches in the ‘Desh. However Buttler did manage to rack up 45 to haul the Lions to a mediocre total of 139, with Buck impressing in the latter half of the game with two maiden-wicket overs! Needing to improve their game somewhat, the Lions didn’t disappoint in their second outing only yesterday, turning the tables to win convincingly by 6 wickets. Despite Nazimuddin’s 99*, recent England star Meaker reaped four wickets, whilst spin bowling trio, Briggs, Borthwick and Kerrigan chipped in with 7 collective wickets, to reduce Bangladesh A to 176. Losing the two early wickets of Roy and Root, Vince and the captain, James Taylor put on a stand of 48, whilst Bairstow and Buttler hit aggressively to claim 50* and 41* respectively. Levelling the series, the Lions have it all to play for now, not that I want to sound too dramatic or anything!

So what a great 11 days of the year we have had so far, there will be many more to come as well, trust me on that… or maybe I am just a little bit biased about our wonderful England teams? Nah, surely not.

I’m looking forward to 2012 as I do have a few surprises in store for you all, that is, if they go to plan which fingers crossed they hopefully do. So stay tuned, not just for this surprise in the next few weeks, but also for all the latest surrounding England’s tour, the new County season, as well as the recent developments concerning the Morgan review. Can’t wait for what is in store for this blog in 2012, it is going to be a great cricketing year. I hope you have all had a great start to the year and have enjoyed my first blog in 2012, there will be plenty more to come I assure you!

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Finally England secured a win on Indian soil, yes it may have been in a single T20 game, but it was a win all the same. We are T20 Champions so securing this win was crucial, if we’d lost it down to number three in the rankings we would go. I can’t begin to tell you how ecstatically happy I was, having been used to England domination over the summer it had been hard to see them suffer consecutive defeats. But we had done it once again albeit in the shortest format of the game, and regained that winning form. However, hopefully England will keep up their form in the New Year, as I regret to say this is the last game of the year, yeah I know I am asking myself the same question… what are we going to do? I suppose all I can do is wait, and wait – January is the time we will see the best format of the game (in my opinion anyway) Test matches against Pakistan, so roll on next year!

Well just focusing on now, yesterday saw a thrilling game that had the best of starts for England to say the least. So just 4 balls in and Steven Finn once again passing the bat and bowling superbly (as he has done all series I must say) managed to get Rahane to edge behind enabling Kieswetter to pull off a stunner of a catch, one-handed as well, incredible stuff! A loud cheer came from my end to make up for the lack of spectators at Eden Gardens, rather too loud I think but we did have the Indians on 1-1. Anyway on with the game, just four balls after Finny’s glorious wicket along came Bresnan with a great delivery that caused Uthappa to get a slight edge and allow Kieswetter to pull off another fantastic dive. What was this, India on 5-2? *Wild celebrations ensue* England could hardly believe it, yet alone I! It was onwards and upwards for England, Kohli departed in the 6th over for 15, and sent the ball into the safe hands of Alex Hales at deep midwicket, who took an absolutely remarkable catch. Tiwary and Raina left in successive overs to Patel and Finn, Patel bowling Tiwary beautifully on the off stump, with Finn having Raina cut to Bairstow at point. Things got worse for the Indians who fell to 74-6, as Finn reaped rewards for his brilliant bowling taking Jadeja’s wicket to claim 2 in 2, leaving him on a hat-trick. There was unfortunately no hat-trick for Finn but Bopara soon added further to the Indian’s woes. He was able to the wickets of Pathan and Kumar which left India facing a downfall as they only had 3 overs left, and just 91 runs on the board. But thankfully for them their captain along with Ashwin managed to take India to 120, with Dhoni especially chipping in with much needed boundaries… however not being out throughout the whole series Dhoni looked like he was going to survive in the T20 also. This wasn’t to be as MS took a risk that certainly didn’t pay off as he was run-out by Dernbach off the last ball of the innings.

Onto England’s chase then, I must say I was happy for the boys to chase down 120. Don’t get me wrong it was a good score, but on that pitch the Indians could have scored around 140+ which to be honest we couldn’t have chased down as we left it until the end to cross the line. England didn’t get off to the best start with their batting it must be said, as openers Kieswetter and Hales had both departed by the end of the 7th over. KP and Patel though had a decent partnership to take England to the 100 mark, Patel left to the spin of Kohli but it was KP who was the man in charge. Pietersen stormed to 53 from 39 even bringing back out the spectacular switch-hit… oh yes it seems to have returned! Hitting three 6’s KP helped England to take the game out of the Indians hands, but all was not yet complete. KP did have to depart as he was given out LBW to Raina attempting a reverse sweep, so with 2 new batsmen at the crease it was left up to Bopara and Bairstow to finish off what was started. Slowly but surely the pair held it together to prevent another wicket falling, it was truly wonderful to witness and you would think England hadn’t won a game since the Ashes as I was so, so happy. To see the smiles return to the England lads’ faces was a picture, the sheer amount of hard work that has gone into their cricket, not just in India, but over the summer as well had definitely taken its toll… so much credit to them. As I said it was their last game of the year, and even though I cannot wait, it will surely give the team a very well-earned and well deserved break.

To round things off this was my first full season of cricket covered on my blog, and even though it is the end of the season the blogs will still be written – but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read them. As it is the first time I have ever written a blog I wasn’t sure how well it would be received but have been happy by the response, and can’t wait for a cricket filled year next year! On a final note congratulations England on yesterday’s win as well as the absolutely amazing summer that has given me so many memories… but for today that is all! :D

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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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What is happening England? The Indians have now sealed the series 3-0 with two games left to play, and I am not sure what else we can do. It was a close run game yesterday as the Indians needed 7 runs from the last over, but the captain Dhoni hit the runs off in style. The look on the faces of our boys was devastation; they really are worn out, playing cricket in unbearable heat and not reaping the benefits from their hard work. Lack of support for the England side from their own fans doesn’t help either but I won’t go into that now otherwise I may get a little irritated… but just keep the faith people and don’t just support them when they are on a winning spree!

Anyway, since last time we have seen England lose the last two games played. In the first, England just couldn’t get off on the right foot, well that is a bit of an understatement as we were on 0-2 after just two overs losing both openers to the two Kumar’s, Praveen and Vinay. Then the middle order were making decent progress reaching the 30’s and 40’s but failed to push on and reach 50, let alone the 80+ mark. The continuous loss of wickets left Finn and Dernbach to face out the last 4 overs, who nearly managed to go all the way before a bizarre run out cost Dernbach his wicket. This aside the pair still managed to score higher than Cook and Kieswetter which is a feat in itself. So only posing 237 it left India with a not so difficult run-chase, yet you could be led to believe that with the loss of their openers, both to Bresnan, in the space of 7 overs looked promising for England, but unfortunately this was not the case. Gambhir and Kohli made light work of the chase hitting 26 4’s between them on their way to 84 and 112 respectively, what a fantastic innings from Kohli one that was definitely worthy of the MOTM accolade. So a comprehensive victory of 8 wickets by the Indians meant that the next game was all or nothing for England.

I had the hope this time I must say for the England lads, and after their much improved batting performance this time round I thought that this would be the game that England could sink their teeth into, and claim their first win of the series. We nearly got there as well, and if only we had scored probably just 10 more runs this would have been ours for sure. With Cook falling in the fourth over and Kieswetter in the thirteenth, at 53-2 England needed that something a little bit special and today that came from Mr Dependable and always reliable Jonathan Trott. Pundits and the public alike have been known to criticise the strike-rate of Trott and feel his game is more suited to the Test formats instead of the limited overs or ODI’s in particular.

But without his wonderful innings of 98 yesterday what would they have done? Trott managed to anchor the innings as well as prevent the batting collapse so frequently seen within the England side. Along with KP’s 64, and Patel’s amazing 70 from 43 balls, England were propelled to a very respectable score of 298, I felt we were definitely in with a chance this time round, so with early wickets we could really dominate. If only they took the chance to grab the early wickets though… Patel did leave relatively early in the 14th over, but from then on Rahane and Gambhir powered on, until the latter fell to Finn on 58, and Patel stormed on to an impressive 91 before becoming Finn’s second and last victim of the day. On 212-3 at this point India were coasting to a win, only managing to lose a further two wickets (Kohli and Raina to Swann and Bresnan respectively) it was Dhoni and Jadeja left to hit the winning runs. Dhoni is now giving us reason as to why he is known as the finisher, as with a nail-biting finish when England looked like they could win this game Dhoni hit consecutive fours to seal the game as well as the series for India. An awful blow for England as they came so close to obtaining a victory, but it just wasn’t to be.

Keep your heads held high England and let’s make sure we don’t suffer a 5-0 whitewash, I look forward to the next game as I feel our improved performance yesterday will spur us on even further.

So that is all for today and I hope the next time I set about writing my blog I will be excited at the fact that England have  secured their first win, until then it is bye from me.

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