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Diary of the 17th Man

Aug 9 – Day 1 at Durham

Day 1 – Fourth Test – Durham Coach2.0 announced one change to the ‘almost’ Old Trafford XI. “Mantis in, Mr. D out . . . ‘on rotation’.” Plopper held The Kid’s hand in sympathy because Darren had finally told The Kid he had less chance of playing in either of the remaining tests than Kevin07 has of winning the ‘only ...

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Aug 8 – Count Down to Durham

T minus 1 The Prof was back to his cheerful self today after sealing the deal to sell his stockpile of silicon tape.  He’s refusing to tell us what the purchasers are going to use it for, so we had an impromptu brainstorming session after the team meeting this morning.  Sarah acted as scribe. Potential uses for The Prof’s three ...

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Aug 7 – All Taped Up

T minus 2 A solid day of training today, with Coach2.0 pushing and pushing to get the best out of the team.  It looks like Mantis and Mr Darcy might be in contention for one bowling spot.  I was relieved that I didn’t have to bat in their nets – they were letting fly in bursts, although the limited supplies of energy ...

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Aug 6 – Spooked in Durham

“Grey towers of Durham Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles Half church of God, half castle ‘gainst the Scot And long to roam these venerable aisles With records stored of deeds long since forgot” (Harold the Dauntless: Sir Walter Scott)       We unpacked at the Marriott. Sarah cancelled the original discount booking at Durham Castle ...

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Aug 5 – I Can’t Stand the Rain

Day 5 – Third Test   Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed Nothin’ seems to fit So I just did me some talkin’ to the sun And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done Sleepin’ on the job Those raindrops are fallin’ on ...

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