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Six Sixes in an Over – and Still not Enough!

The most dramatic match in the NatWest t20 Blast of the round of fixtures on Sunday 16 July took place at Chelmsford, where the hosts set a hefty target of 219 for four, with Varun Chopra making a career-best 103 not out off 59 balls, but Colin Ingram did even better, though he was run […]

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Jane Austen – Reading at Home

Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home follows the author throughout her life’s households. Below is an extract from the book detailing the Austen family’s fondness for reading aloud in the Rectory.   Her brother Henry described Jane’s novels, with their many drafts, as ‘gradual performances’. And Pride and Prejudice was written for a more literal type […]

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Going to the Ball with Jane Austen

Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home follows the author throughout her life’s households. Below is an extract from the book detailing the preparation entailed in attending a ball.   The excitement of the evening began with dressing, the moment when ‘the first Bliss of a Ball began’. As Jane would put it in The Watsons, female camaraderie […]

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Denly and McKay Set New Records in t20 Blast

There was just one Specsavers County Championship match this week, with Worcestershire visiting Cheltenham. Gloucestershire batted first, and things were in the balance when Jack Taylor came out to bat, but the 25-year-old made his fifth century (143) to help his side up to a total of 383. Ed Barnard took four for 93. It […]

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First Test v South Africa 2017

Fans of international red-ball cricket have had to wait until July to see their first action of the summer (the latest start since 1983), and the arrival of the South Africans brought with it a history of England captains stepping down. But it was all change at Lord’s as England lined up with a new […]

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Dickson Tops 300 as Records Tumble at Beckenham

With the top two (Essex and Lancashire) not having a fixture, it was an opportunity for the chasing pack to try to exert some pressure on the leaders this week, but neither of them could be caught. Champions Middlesex emerged victorious by one wicket in a thrilling game at Edgbaston. It was nip and tuck […]

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County Cricket in the Pink

For the first time, a day/night round of Specsavers County Championship cricket took place using the pink ball, and while there was some debate as to whether it helped boost attendances, there was no question that this round provided some scintillating cricket and some spectacular performances. There was all of that at Chelmsford, where league […]

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Harmer Keeps Essex on Top

In the final match of last season, the Middlesex–Yorkshire game at Lord’s went to the wire, with the former winning the Specsavers Championship as a result. Nine months later, the rematch turned into something of a breeze for the hosts, who won by an innings and 64 runs inside three days. Middlesex won the toss […]

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The best historical audiobooks – Anthony Riches

It’s #LoveAudio Week this week, and we’re celebrating some of our best-loved historical authors and their audiobooks. Top of the list is Anthony Riches, author of the Empire and Centurions series. Wounds of Honour (Empire I), read by Saul Reichlin: 13 hours, 32 minutes ‘A master of the genre’ The Times Marcus Aquila has scarcely […]

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Pakistan Dominate India to Win the Champions Trophy

The Champions Trophy comprised 15 matches in 18 days at three venues (Birmingham, Cardiff and The Oval) between 1 and 18 June, and it’s fair to say that few were predicting the final outcome. England’s Group A also featured Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand, and the hosts went into the tournament as one of the […]

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Lyth Seals Narrowest Victory For Yorkshire

Essex moved to the top of the Specsavers County Championship table after beating Surrey by eight wickets at Guildford. However, it was Mark Stoneman who earned the plaudits at the start of the match, when he made a career-best 197 to help the home outfit up to 399. For once, Kumar Sangakkara failed, scoring just […]

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Record partnership fires Hampshire to the top

The Roses match at Headingley was all over inside three days after Yorkshire dominated from the start. As so often this season, it was Ben Coad who did the damage, the 23-year-old taking a career-best six for 25 to bundle out the Lancastrians for just 123 in 43.4 overs. The hosts overtook them early on […]

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