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Thanks to all our regulars for toughing it out with us through our site upgrade this week.  Things seem to have gone smoothly, so hopefully there hasn’t been too much down time or too many errant emails to interrupt your enjoyment of The Diary. The new format will make it easier for new readers to join in the fun, while giving us ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 15

The alarm woke me from a dream this morning. I was batting at No. 11 in the second dig of that last Test, and managed to hit the winning runs.  It was a crisp but unspectacular drive through the covers for two, the sort of shot that leads Bumble to say “OOOoo, luvlee shot, that.”  Oh well, better than having ...

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Ashes Dairy of the 17th Man – Jul 14

Day 5 – First Test Fourteen runs was all that was in it.  Fourteen!  After all the tension, it was a relief to escape from Trent Bridge early after The Last Stand just failed to get us over the line. The bus driver was pretty impatient as it turned out, as someone had ordered the bus that took us to ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 13

Day 4 – First Test “Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.” (All’s Well That Ends Well) Coach closed the team meeting quickly this morning. He said there was nothing to say that had not been said before, nothing of value that remained unsaid, ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 12

Day 3 – First Test Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. (Hamlet, 3.2.208), Player King Coach was unusually reflective in the sheds after stumps. Blood oozed from his bandaged hands. His knee was encased in ice. He was a picture of peaceful profundity. ...

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