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Please don’t blame me for jinxing anything, but it appears as though England may just be on the road to recovery. However, that’s a big may.

We all know about the series loss over in the West Indies (not our finest hour) and needless to say, it wasn’t the best start for our World T20 campaign.

Then to top it all of a defeat in our first official T20 game versus New Zealand, really want to cover it up and blame it on the Duckworth Lewis method, but the scorecard just goes to show our batting had seen no sight of improvement over the winter.

So you can imagine my surprise, shock, amazement at the spectacular show we saw today. Less hiding behind the sofa, more me staring open-mouthed at the television screen.

Alex Hales. Need I say more, just when England wanted a boost they certainly got one.

With Sri Lanka posing a somewhat tricky target of 189-4, I hope I’m not the only one to say that the thought of Malinga, Mendis et al against our batting line up was not a pretty one.

Who knew that what we would witness would be a power-hitting master class from Hales, smashing 116 of just 64, yes 64 balls.

I’m still in shock this very second as to how he could pull off such a show, England’s first international T20 century and an incredible one at that.

Hales not only created the innings of the tournament so far (if I say so myself), but in alliance with Morgan helped push England to reach their highest successful run chase in T20 history.

Now come on, if this isn’t a glimmer of hope I don’t know what is.

A victory to England’s name at last, now me and every fan alike definitely won’t mind seeing the same performance next match, pretty please.

In two days’ time South Africa will be next in line for England, now if Sri Lanka can be beaten, surely we can beat these guys too, right? Fingers crossed.

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Hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter and has enjoyed some CB40 cricket today whichever county you were supporting. But I must say it has been pretty exciting whatever game you were watching. This early summer sun is also improving the cricket season instead of the jumpers we have seen the outing of the short-sleeves as well as larger crowds coming to support their local team.

If I’m honest now that the CB40 has started it really has begun to feel like the warmer weather is approaching, which means the more excited I become. Trust me I can get a little too involved in a cricket game and get caught up in the action…

So you can imagine what I was like when I discovered that the first CB40 match of the season was being aired today, plus it was the reigning champions Warwickshire Bears against the Hampshire Royals. My excitement levels were off the scale, I think I was just deprived from any domestic cricket and if you think that is a little over the top you surely can’t be a true 100% cricket fan, you must get excited at the prospect of live cricket surely?

It didn’t stop there either, the fast-paced nail biter of a game definitely lived up to standards with Hampshire getting a mere 2 run win over Warwickshire. The star players were definitely Chris Woakes with a firing 34* from 21 with 3 sixes to nearly clinch the Bears a win, along with Rikki Clarke with a powerful 59 from 38 balls. Also the winning side saw an amazing and probably winning performance from Neil McKenzie of 87*. Not to mention the return of former England star Simon Jones who has been injury prone, but made a spectacular comeback with 4-52 pegging back the Warwickshire batsmen in his eight over spell.

An amazing game and amazing players to go with it, I didn’t move an inch. But another notable game today was the match between Somerset and Nottinghamshire. It consisted of a wonderful 100 from Craig Kieswetter and a sparkling 94* off only 56 balls from the talented young player Jos Buttler who both helped to set a total of 270. Not managing to reach this remarkable total, Notts fell to 223 all out with the overseas player Ajantha Mendis taking 4-35 who we will be seeing this summer for Sri Lanka.

Anyway that’s all for the moment can’t wait to see what else it to come, hope you enjoyed reading and relish the upcoming 4-day weekend!

Photo Credit: ecb.co.uk

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