Hampshire Stun Surrey with Record-breaking Win
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by Ana Carter
3w ago
As the Vitality County Championship reached its midway point before the end of May, Surrey went into their fixture at the Rose Bowl full of confidence off the back of four consecutive wins (including an innings win over these same opponents last month), looking to reinforce their stranglehold on the title. With a top six who were all England internationals it was no surprise that they chose to bat first, but they found Kyle Abbott in irresistible form as he took five for 25 to help dismiss the visitors for just 127. In reply, opener Toby Albert was yet to make a Championship fifty, but he mad ..read more
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Worcestershire Pile Up Huge Score in Tribute to Baker
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by Ana Carter
1M ago
For the sixth round of the Vitality County Championship, attention inevitably focused on Canterbury, where Worcestershire were the visitors, still rocked by the tragically early death of Josh Baker. In tribute, the Worcestershire shirts now carry the number 33 (Baker’s squad number) under the county badge. At all matches this week, there was a minute’s silence held in Baker’s memory before the action commenced.   Brett D’Oliveira chose to bat first and his side went on to make full use of the pitch, scoring a mammoth 618 for seven declared, their highest score against Kent since 1905. Ga ..read more
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Cricket Mourns the Loss of Josh Baker
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by Ana Carter
1M ago
Events on the pitch this week were completely overshadowed by the sad news from Worcestershire that their spin bowler Josh Baker had died, just a few days short of his 21st birthday. Baker, who last season scored the runs that secured his team promotion back to Division One, was a popular figure within the camp and the news left followers of the game stunned. He’d been playing for the county second XI at Bromsgrove, and on his final day of action had picked up the wickets of Thomas Rew, Josh Thomas and Jack Leach. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, team-mates, friends and all those ..read more
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Essex Lay Down Early Marker in Championship Race
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by Ana Carter
2M ago
With the Dukes ball available to their bowlers, Essex had no hesitation in asking Lancashire to bat at Chelmsford. The only side to have won a match in the first two rounds immediately showed why they will be formidable challengers for the title this summer. Only a quickfire 32 not out from Will Williams helped the visitors up to a meagre total of 146, with Shane Snater doing most of the early damage, picking up four for 42. Noah Thain took his first Championship wicket (Tom Bailey). Feroze Khushi replied with a 33-ball 53 to give Essex early momentum, and they ended up 377 all out and in tot ..read more
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Records Tumble as Runfests All End in Draws
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by Ana Carter
2M ago
The second round of the Vitality County Championship saw some heavy scoring, as the batters made the most of facing the Kookaburra ball. Sadly, on the final day, the weather turned and some intriguingly balanced matches petered out in draws. Essex were the only side to win in the first round of fixtures, and they welcomed Kent to Chelmsford and chose to bat. Dean Elgar made his maiden century for his new county before Matt Critchley produced a career-best 151 not out as the hosts piled up a hefty 530 for seven declared in just 112 overs. Making his debut, Jaydn Denly (nephew of Joe) took the ..read more
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Northeast Sets New Landmark at the Home of Cricket
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by Ana Carter
2M ago
After one of the wettest winters on record, it was no surprise that four of the nine Vitality County Championship fixtures failed to yield any play on the first day, but at least the competition could welcome a new sponsor, replacing London Victoria. One game that did get underway soon enough was at Trent Bridge, where Essex were put in to bat. Dane Paterson picked up the first five-wicket haul of the season as the visitors were dismissed for 253, despite a solid 80 from new signing Dean Elgar and 84 from another of the club’s new recruits, Jordan Cox. If only the established players had been ..read more
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Win a Liberty London Hera Scented Candle when you pre-order Jennifer Saint’s new , Hera
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by Katrina Smedley
2M ago
Terms & Conditions This is a prize draw to win a Liberty London Hera Scented Candle To enter, please upload your proof of purchase of Jennifer Saint’s Hera, publishing 23rd May, 2024, together with your name and contact details and from a retailer of your choice. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Headline Publishing Group Limited marketing team, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. A purchase is necessary to enter: please purchase a copy of Hera by Jennifer Sa ..read more
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Has Bazball Changed Championship Run Rates?
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by Ana Carter
2M ago
In this year’s Foreword, I commented that bowlers seemed to have bowled fewer maidens in 2023 than in 2022 – without fully checking that the facts supported my assertion. But now I can confirm that this was correct, at least as far as Division One went. So why might this have been?   Tallying up the bowling figures for the eight counties that played in both seasons, so we’re comparing like with like, we find a few noticeable changes. First of all, there were just 2907 maidens bowled between them in 2023, compared with 3495 the previous season – a hefty fall of almost 17%. However, the nu ..read more
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Erin Green shares her new Christmas tradition. . .
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by Ana Carter
7M ago
For me, Christmas officially begins at home on Christmas Eve. All preparations such as gift wrapping, delivery drop-offs to friends, food shopping or last-minute bulk buying of big bottles of Baileys liqueur has to be completed by the 23rd. If it hasn’t crossed our doorstep by that date. . .we can live without it! Such measures came into play after ‘lockdown’, when I admitted that my love of Christmas was being ruined by the corporate marketing teams and their seasonal guilt-tripping. I refused to buy into their reinvention of my Christmas. I was happy with our tried and trusted family traditi ..read more
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Québécois Mussel Chowder with Wine Pairings from Margaret Rand
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by Hazel OBrien
8M ago
    'A thick bowl of chowder is spot on in winter. The New England versions, studded with corn or based on tomatoes, seem better for late summer and early autumn eating, but this recipe, from Qu.bec, can be downed when there is two feet of snow on the ground.' - Diana Henry, author of Roast Figs, Sugar Snow     serves 4 as a main course   1kg (2lb 4oz) mussels 500ml (18fl oz) dry cider 30g (1oz) butter 2 leeks, cut in fine rings 400g (14oz) potatoes, peeled and cut into 4cm chunks 100ml (3.fl oz) double cream 400g (14oz) skinless cod fillet, cut into 4cm chunks ..read more
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