I Don’t Like Cricket, Oh No, I Love It

I’m a huge cricket fan and I see it as an all year round sport. But to many people it is still a six-month sport especially in this country due to the climate we live in, let losing the IPL (Indian Premier League) back this point up.

So today is the start of the domestic cricket season in England and what a summer we have to look forward to.

Its truly going to be a memorable summer and it’ll hopefully culminate in that little ashes urn been returned to its rightful owners, for the full history of The Ashes visit http://www.lords.org/history/the-ashes/

I can’t wait for it all to get underway. I have enjoyed the winter coverage despite England’s failings. Watching India, South Africa, the re-emerging Australia and the passion and talent of the West Indies has definitely whetted the appetite so bring it on.

I’m a Yorkshire fan and I am hoping for improvements this season and would like nothing more than to take the County Championship off our local rivals Durham (After all we are the record holders for the most championship titles, 30 to date).

I believe Michael Vaughan will return to the England side soon but we have to take full advantage whilst he’s available.

Also having top level players in Matthew Hoggard, Jacques Rudolph, Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid will provide the back bone to a trophy push this season.

Despite my enthusiasm for this sport several aspects do have to change within this sport in England. The procedure of been able to win a championship with only six wins from 16 fixtures is farcical. Surely it can be more competitive and harder to win than that?

The current ruling on foreign players has to change we appear to only attract has-beens, wannabe’s or those wanting to home their skills for The Ashes tour. Some of these are clearly harming the development of English talent. 

I apologise to Shiv Chanderpaul, VVS Laxman, Herschelle Gibbs and Danish Kaneria for been the only exceptions to this.

So lets sort out these problems Giles Clark and lets make a success of English cricket. The future appears to be in your hands, firstly confirm the pending appointment of Andy Flower as England Head Coach then sort out the domestic situation.

Enjoy Reading and below is some fixtures dates you should be interested in, bookmark this blog for easy reference over the summer ahead.

Also for more in-depth domestic fixtures,  http://static.ecb.co.uk/files/fixtures-2009-10336.pdf

Cheers

Gaffer

P.s. Well done to Angel Cabrera on winning the US Masters Golf Tournament. He won after two play-off holes on an exciting final days play at Augusta. I just wish American golf fans could be banned for shouting “get in the hole” after every possible shot.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS
County Championship (four days): 15 April-26 September
Friends Provident Trophy (50 overs): Group matches 19 April-20 May, Quarter-finals 23 May, Semi-finals 5 July, Final 25 July
Twenty20 Cup (20 overs): Group matches 25 May-28 June,
Quarter-finals 27-29 July, Semi-finals & final 15 August
Pro40 (40 overs): 13 July-27 September
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS
IPL: 18 April  –  24 May
T20 World Cup: 5 June  – 21 June
ENGLAND FIXTURES
Wednesday, 06 May 2009, Test Match Series
England v West Indies, Lord’s, 11:00
Thursday, 14 May 2009, Test Match Series
England v West Indies, Riverside, 11:00
Thursday, 21 May 2009, One Day International
England v West Indies, Headingley, 10:45
Sunday, 24 May 2009, One Day International
England v West Indies, Bristol, 10:45
Tuesday, 26 May 2009, One Day International
England v West Indies, Edgbaston, 10:45
Wednesday, 03 June 2009, Twenty20
England v West Indies, Lord’s, 17:30
Friday, 05 June 2009, ICC World Twenty20
England v Netherlands, Lord’s, 17:30
Sunday, 07 June 2009, ICC World Twenty20
England v Pakistan, The Brit Oval, 17:30
Wednesday, 01 July 2009, Other Match
Warwickshire v England, Edgbaston, 11:00
Wednesday, 08 July 2009, The Ashes
England v Australia, Cardiff, 11:00
Thursday, 16 July 2009, The Ashes
England v Australia, Lord’s, 11:00
Thursday, 30 July 2009, The Ashes
England v Australia, Edgbaston, 11:00
Friday, 07 August 2009, The Ashes
England v Australia, Headingley Carnegie, 11:00
Thursday, 20 August 2009, The Ashes
England v Australia, The Brit Oval, 11:00
Thursday, 27 August 2009, One Day International
Ireland v England, Belfast, 11:00
Sunday, 30 August 2009, Twenty20
England v Australia, Old Trafford, 17:30
Tuesday, 01 September 2009, Twenty20
England v Australia, Old Trafford, 17:30
Friday, 04 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, The Brit Oval, 14:30
Sunday, 06 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, Lord’s, 11:00
Wednesday, 09 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, The Rose Bowl, 14:30
Saturday, 12 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, Lord’s, 11:00
Tuesday, 15 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, Trent Bridge, 14:30
Thursday, 17 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, Trent Bridge, 14:30
Sunday, 20 September 2009, One Day International
England v Australia, Riverside, 11:00

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