Cricket

ICC Champions Trophy 2017

A conversation… “Ah, wonderful. A cricket tournament just as the football season ends. That should get the public’s attention.” “It doesn’t end for a few weeks – in fact the biggest games of the season are coming soon.” “Ah well, never mind. People love a bit of Twenty20.” “Its not T20.” “Test cricket then. About time there was a cohesive tournament for the oldest form of the game. Retro is everything these days – vinyl, books, Ian Brady. Fantastic that we are hosting it.” “It is 50 over cricket.” “Still, a World Cup is a World Cup. One can’t be too sniffy.” “Its not the World Cup.” “Never mind. I love a day at the cricket in the sunshine.” “Have... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 21st, 2017
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2017 in Sport

4 to Watch 29th April Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight world title fight, Wembley Stadium With Tyson Fury away with the fairies (although make sure you don’t make any reference to fairies to his face,) Anthony Joshua has his turn at running rings around Wladimir Klitschko. A packed Wembley, a young buck against an ageing old goat – there can surely only be one outcome. Ladbrokes will give you 4/9 on Joshua, although there are bigger prices elsewhere. June 2017 Sailing – Americas Cup In a summer bereft of an Olympics or a major football tournament, it could well be sailing that grips the nation. Celebrity boatman (if that is a word) Ben Ainsley will be hoping... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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England in India

Whitewash Ahoy Having struggled to a draw in Bangladesh, you wont find too many punters optimistic about England’s chances in India – what Donald Trump would probably call Bangladesh x10. Turning wickets, batsmen incapable of hanging around for more than a few shots, and a raucous atmosphere, all ensure that for all the talk of the Ashes and despite some IPL experience, it is India where the biggest challenge meets our cricketers. It was a challenge Alistair Cook met head on last time, but those were the days of Swann and Pietersen. So can a case be made for this England side. Well the old pace attack of Broad and Anderson should be around for much of the series, and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
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T20 Finals Day

Like the Big Bash – Just not as Big It is wonderfully English (perhaps British) for us to invent something, and then within a matter of years, see a load of pesky foreigners get much better at it that us. It happened with association football, it has pretty much happened with the internet (no disrespect to Silicon Roundabout…), and it has certainly happened with T20 cricket. The Big Bash, the IPL, and perhaps even the Carribean shindig all carry more cache than our sweet little county bonanza, so excuse us for not being wet with excitement for T20 Finals Day. The schedule for Edgbaston sees Notts Outlaws take on the Northants Steelbacks at 11am, with Durham Jets v Yorkshire Vikings... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, August 20th, 2016
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World Twenty20 – 2016

Rounders for the Commonwealth With India as short as 3.25, it is little wonder that punters will certainly be looking elsewhere for some value in their T20 betting. Hosts have never won this competition, and neither have the favourites, and although India offer some compelling arguments as to why they could buck both of those trends (Sharma and Kohli with the bat, Ashwin and Jadeja with the ball), the price is too short, for a format that is set up for shock results and carnage. Instead we turn our attention to the Kiwis, at a very healthy 12.5 in the betting – a country that always provides a good run for your money, and even post-Brendan, should still make hay... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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South Africa vs England Test Series

2 to Watch – Root vs AB One of the good things about cricket, is that you know where you stand. Everything is quantified in a way that many other sports struggle. Mesut Ozil may have 462 assists so far this season, but how many have been of the ‘two yard tap to the bloke next to him who smacked it in from 25 yards’ variety, there is no real way to tell. In cricket however, everyone has a batting average, a bowling average, and to top it all off, there are regularly updated rankings telling all and sundry who are the best batters/bowlers in the world at any one time. Right now, Joe Root is the best batsman in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015
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5th Test England vs Australia 2015

Start the Car History beckons for England. Never in an Ashes series at home have the boys won four test matches, and although we at Oggs were virtually alone in advising punters to lay Australia for the series (not that we like to gloat ahem) the scale of such a victory would not have been predicted by anyone at all. Form guides are hard to muster. In the past, when Australia were canning England, fifth tests were the ones they gave us for a laugh. Think of Goughie’s 100 at Sydney, or Mark Butcher’s heroic 2001 knock at the Oval. Neither of these players made too much hay in competitive Ashes cricket, but by test 5, with the urn already... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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Ashes 2015 – part 2

Specials We are now just a matter of hours away from two serious-looking gentlemen walking outside in Wales with their hands in their pockets, staring at a piece of silver which one will throw into the air, and the other will decry “we will have a bat” upon its landing. But how can coins flow into your own pocket from this most intriguing of series? Top AUS wicket-taker: With the departure of Ryan Harris, Australia will need another dependable line & length bowler. And whilst all the talk is of Josh Hazlewood being the new Glenn McGrath, we have a feeling that Boof Lehman will turn to that tried and tested warhorse Peter Siddle, to attack the English batsmen. At... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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Ashes 2015 – part 1

Outright Despite being played almost weekly over the past few years, there is genuine excitement in the lead up to tomorrow’s Ashes entrée. For starters, after the absolutely mauling England took 18 months ago down under, revenge is a priority for Cook, Bell, Root, Stokes, Broad and Anderson. Second of all, after the recent ODI series with New Zealand, there is a sudden expectation about the next generation of England cricketers. Yes most of them wont even be serving the drinks in this test series, but what business does reality have when it comes to hyping up sporting events. And finally, this for the Aussies is their 2005. Back then, it had been 16 years since we had won the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, July 6th, 2015
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England vs New Zealand

The Sideshow Right now, absolutely everything has to be referred back to Kevin Pietersen. If it is going to rain in Macclesfield next Tuesday, any journalist worth his salt will question how this may affect the international future of Kev. Bakery sold out of sourdough? What will this mean for KP? Hole in your wife’s tights? What will Piers Morgan have to say on this one? And indeed, every stroke of this match will be judged from under that bushel. Unless the entire top five score hundreds, the media frenzy will not be sated. And unfortunately for England, they are up against the sort of team where hundreds may be at a premium. In disarray, having failed to beat a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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