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In Topic: Cricket

09 March 2015 - 09:12 PM

And so it came to pass, First off well played to the Bangladesh boys, as for England, I do not agree with much Matthew Engel writes but when he described England's performance at the World cup as being "like a bad tempered grandmother at an all night rave" he was on the money . Problem is though this quote is from 1996 nearly 20 years ago and things have not moved on.

As Stuart Broad asserted pre-tournament, England only have to beat the minnows to qualify for the Quarter finals. Well "Broadie" welcome to England's new minnow status. A confident side on winning the toss would have batted first but England are neither confident with bat or ball and as things stand and I expect this to spill over into the other forms of the game post exit with, if things do not change, the real possibility of a home whitewash by Australia in the Ashes.

In a similar position with Micky Arthur leading Australia to a 4-0 series defeat in India the Australian Cricket Board took the surprise decision to sack Arthur and replace him with the dinkum Aussie Darren Lehmann. Short term pan bringing long term gain. Colin Graves the ex Costcutter and Yorkshire Chief has thus far talked a good game, though it appears has been told to remain silent whilst MD Paul Downton is with the team down under. Mr Graves needs to be bold and ditch the Moores / Flower approach compleley and bring in a new coaching line up preferably from overseas.

Colin Graves was brought to power by the counties as a result of a perceived crisis in the domestic game through a decline of Cricket's share in the UK sporting market and the failure to properly get Free to Air TV exposures and the limited overs format in this country. The game, unlike Rugby League but like Rugby Union gets its media profile on the back of a successful national side. this we patently do not have.. Over to you Colin

In Topic: Rugby League at the Olympic Stadium London

09 March 2015 - 02:40 AM

According to league express there is another terrestrial tv station bidding against the bbc for this test series! Interesting


If this was the case then I would have thought they would not have announced kick off times. That said Channel's 4 or 5 would do a better job in presenting and packaging the sport than the BBC. I would be tempted to accept the bid from the other terrestrial company simply because a fresh approach is required.

In Topic: Cricket

09 March 2015 - 02:35 AM

I have a bad feeling about this Bangladesh game. Bangladesh have a deck that will encourage them to take the pace off the ball which will suit their spinners. No smoke signals coming out of the England camp that James Tredwell will get a game, Speculation about Hales for Ballance so Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan and James Tredwell continue their paid holiday. The Adelaide Oval is a flat slow deck in all forms of Cricket so picking a four man seam attack would make no sense - except to Peter Moores. IMO you need Tredwell as a specialist spinner and Bopara for variation with Hales for momentum in the top order.


As things stand a loss and England are out amid much derision down here, A win and we have to hope the Kiwis do not take their foot off the pedal against Bangladesh or it does not rain for make no mistake the severity of England thumpings that our net run rate will go against us if we finish on the same number of points as Bangladesh which will happen if England win their next two and some overdue rain affects the NZ v Bangladesh game.


Went to the magnificent Sydney Cricket ground yesterday in search of an upset and did not get one. Australia thanks to calculated slogging from Glenn Maxwell getting 50 runs too many. I think though that had the score been 320 Sri Lanka would have got them. Also pleased to note that Mitchell Johnson's radar has gone astray again smashed for six fours in one over. Unfortunately Mitchell Starc is emerging as the go-to bowler for Australia and certainly the one Clarke turns to when things get tough.


Australia reduced their quota of Mitchell's by leaving out Mitchell Marsh for Shane Watson who got booed by certain sections of the Australian crowd. Having Shane Watson in their team is good... for England.


Pretty wide open as a competition with South Africa unexpectedly losing to Pakistan but unfortunately I can still see Australia winning the comp. :(  :(


Flying back tomorrow hopefully dodging a sledge or two

In Topic: 5-9 Mar: NRL Round 1 - Match Thread

09 March 2015 - 02:10 AM

I was at the Parramatta game and the Newcastle one.

At Paramatta where Peter Wynn raised the flag pre-game and Manly had a merchandise van outside (something I have only seen Souths do at a rival club). Manly had a lot of first half possession but no real punch. Though they had a try chalked off for a forward pass. The Sea Eagles disintegrated second half partly down to some big hits from Parra's poynesians. Jarrod Hayne got a hero's welcome at half-time which is a refreshing change on what would happen in the northern hemisphere.when a players leave a club to accept the challenge of a new sport. Bradford fans x 3 in the Mick Cronin stand.

A St Helens and a Wigan shirt on display at Newcastle as the Warriors caved in from a strong position. The consensus chatting with some kiwis on the long 3 hour journey to Strathfield was that it would be another long season for the Warriors.which would be an opportunity missed with Super XV in an attendance slump the other side of the Tasman.

Incidentally Matty Johns has Manley Legend Geoff Toovey as his tip for the coach who will win the sack race so to speak. 

In Topic: Rugby League Programme Collecting Forum

09 March 2015 - 01:57 AM

We did discuss this in 2010, at the time I posted the following link to the Rugby League Collectors Federation



They were still around in 2013 and may be today. Tony Lazenby's Yorkshire Programmes started off as a programme dealership before he switched to selling badges.


Not too many clubs sell back issues, I have every London Broncos Super League programme from 1996 to 2014 though which is very sad and is part of about 4 Plastic boxes of RL programmes UK and Aus