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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jun 29

Day 4 – Somerset V Australia The batsmen did their job this morning, making sure there were few distractions for the dressing room, concentrating as we were on the Wallabies Vs Lions Test from Melbourne.  Apparently, Mr Bean, Mr X and Lucky cruised along nicely in the pre-lunch session. They said it wasn’t too disconcerting that all they heard from the dressing ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jun 28

Day 3 – Somerset V Australia The Tour is now starting to settle into its natural rhythm, especially for The Reject Club – those of us who are on tour, but who are not going to get a game at the business end of procedings unless there are mass injuries or another outbreak of homework non-completion. Sure, there is a bit of ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jun 27

Day 2 – Aust V Somerset The bats jumped to attention this morning, delightfully stroking the Duke over the rope forward of square with increasing ease. At lunch 3/151, Hollywood belting 20 fours in even time in another almost century.  That was the best of it.  We crawled to 4/266 after lunch as the sky closed in.  Rain rubbed out ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jun 26

Day 1 – Australia V Somerset. History never repeats I tell myself before I go to sleep Don’t say the words you might regret I’ve lost before you know I can’t forget (Split Enz) As in India, we just need to bust the big partnerships early.  Another second string County team (Somerset) flayed us all day with the bat to ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jun 25

The first full day of the new regime reminded us all what cricket is all about. We went through all the drills – catching, throwing, running – followed by a robust net session.  Coach2.0 quickly moved from observer to advice giver, sometimes having a quiet word in the ear of a bowler or batsman to help refine their technique, sometimes yelling at ...

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