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This may be my last entry…

Mixed emotions for me this evening.

The rain held off and Birmingham Bears were able to play their T20 Blast quarter final versus Essex Eagles in Edgbaston. The Eagles won the toss and decided to bowl. This was a costly mistake with Birmingham taking 180 for 5 featuring a thrilling half century from Laurie Evans and a 48 not out from Chris Woakes.

189 for 5 was always going to be a defensible score and Essex, despite a decent turn from Westley and the Essex talisman Bopara (who I very nearly literally bumped into before the match) scoring 33 and 32 respectively, the tally proved just too high to reach.

The final result was a 24 run lead by Birmingham which puts them safely into the semis.

Why the mixed emotions? Well, I can’t afford to go to the finals day in Edgbaston so I’ll be watching the finals at Modulor Dave’s house. Full match report(s) will follow but I intend to be ridiculously drunk on that day so don’t expect any sense.

Thanks for reading, now, for the last time after a live T20 Blast match report, #YouBears!

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This may be my last entry…

Wow, really tired again tonight but I have walked nearly twice my usual steps and it’s been a brilliant sunny, hot day.

England have won the Ashes with a test to spare. This makes me incredibly happy but let’s not go overboard. Yes, England won the 4th test by an innings and 78 runs; yes, we’re leading the series 3-1 and yes, we have handed Australia their arses (and forced the retirement of Michael Clarke as Australian Captain) but that doesn’t make England the best team in the world – far from it! Read More

This may be my last entry…

As you may be aware, I sometimes talk about T20 cricket. It’s the only sport I write about and it’s the only sport I regularly go to watch (living near Edgbaston has it’s occasional perks). Today though I have to pay tribute to the England who are in the third test of the Ashes.

I woke up this morning with a feeling that we could be looking at a drawn series. England may have won at Cardiff and Edgbaston but there was something in the air (probably all the clouds) at Trent Bridge that made me think that a draw was almost an inevitability. Nothing could have prepared me for what was to come. Read More

This may be my last entry…

The Birmingham Bears are now not only through to the quarter finals, they have the advantage of a quarter final in their home territory by finishing in the top two of their group. They managed to scrape through by beating the Northamptonshire Steelbacks by a single run early this evening.
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