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Aug 13 – Dead Cat Bounce

Day 5 – Fourth Test – Durham The Prof and I joined The Freak and The Natural at breakfast.  Most of the bats were still ‘asleep’, afraid to venture downstairs for the shellacking they so richly deserve from the Hotel staff. We could hear them tiptoeing between bedrooms, no doubt still in their flannel pyjamas. “What are they doing up there?” ...

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Aug 12 – It tolls for thee . . .

Day 4 – Fourth Test – Durham Good grief.  After a morning that was mostly promising, with The Natural picking up a bag full of wickets, it was (another) day I’d like to forget. Dare we think of the win? Dare we? The mood in the dressing room was bouyant as UnLucky and the reborn Puff rattled along in pursuit of ...

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Aug 11 – For whom the Bell tolls

Day 3 – Fourth Test – Durham – Chester-le-Street Any hopes of eeking out a lead of over 100 vanished quick smart this morning as the last 5 wickets dropped off the perch for less than 50.  The most bizarre of these was the last wicket, where the English asked for a review of a not-out decision against The Natural, who ...

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Fourth Test in Tweets

  Keeping on top of twitter was a trial on Day 1 of this test after one of the squad “borrowed” my iPad.  I left it on top of my kit just after the start of play, and made the mistake of concentrating on the first ten minutes of play. It was gone! It reappeared while I was out in the “Little Diarist’s ...

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Aug 10 – UnLucky Carves them Up!

Day 2 – Fourth Test – Durham – Chester-le-Street What a day! Mantis spread Jimmy’s stumps in the first over. England all out 238. Then we were 4/79 before UnLucky and Hollywood batted PATIENTLY most of the day to blunt England’s attack. At stumps 5/222 off 67 overs. Hollywood has redeemed himself. The Captain presented Him with a very tart lemon ...

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