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County Championship promises box-office entertainment

The British Summer has unexpectedly burst into life in recent weeks and with it comes the start of the English County Cricket season. Usually derided for poor attendances and Arctic conditions, the early rounds this season have brought sunburns and media interest. Whilst the former will almost certainly dissipate, the latter should be consistent throughout […]

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Ex On The Beach

The ultimate holiday turned into a f*cking nightmare”. This is the brazen tagline forming the start of every episode of MTV’s Ex on the Beach, which has just finished its second season. A show so stacked with drama, swearing, fighting and sex that it is bordering on self-parody, it is the ultimate guilty pleasure; the […]

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Richardson’s ‘competitive’ dream realised in Semi-Final lineup

“The aim is to make the major events as competitive as possible. Every match should be very competitive.” These were the words of ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson in the run up to this World Cup. They were his attempt to justify the shrinking of the 2019 World Cup from fourteen to ten teams. They […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: The Outsiders- Sri Lanka, Pakistan & the West Indies

Form For all three teams, their recent form has been disappointing at best. Sri Lanka and Pakistan both were beaten in bilateral series by the impressive New Zealand whilst West Indies were humbled by South Africa. Pakistan have, however, won both warm up matches, including a victory over England and so probably can take the […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: the Hosts

Form Devastating. Both Australia and New Zealand have been in supreme form in 50 over cricket since the World T20 in March 2014. Australia have won twelve of their eighteen games in that period, including their last seven completed games in a row, whilst New Zealand have won nine of seventeen. Australia come to the […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: Scotland

Form Patchy but encouraging. It is inherently difficult to judge the true form of the Associate nations due to the lack of cricket they play, especially meaningful games against high class opposition. Their most recent assignments were a tri-series in Abu Dhabi against Afghanistan and Ireland, in which they won one and lost two to […]

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Press conference charade is quickly losing its interest

They have, at the end of the day, become a cliché-driven staple of all sporting occasions, where managers and players alike give 110% and take each question as they come so as to keep their feet on the ground and not get ahead of themselves. I am, of course, talking about the performance art that […]

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Majestic McIlroy confirms his position as golf’s golden boy

1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd and now 1st. That is the procession of Rory McIlroy’s last seven finishes on The European Tour. His three shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic was his tenth victory on the tour at the venue where he captured his first win in 2009. He sits comfortably at number […]