Crave Cricket/Football Fix!

It’s great to have cricket back as English counties compete in the Bob Willis Trophy. Across the Atlantic, the Caribbean Premier League is also in full flow.

Don’t forget though that football is back up and running too. France’s Ligue 1 kicked off last weekend and the new English Premier League season will commence soon.

Keep up to date with various goings on in the football world by visiting:

http://www.leftbackfooty.com

Many thanks for visiting my blogs and whatever your sport, be it cricket or football, snooker or ultimate, ice hockey or slalom canoeing… enjoy!

Ball Games!

Test Cricket returns tomorrow when England host West Indies at Southampton. Whether or not it should really be classed as Test status is debatable. Yes, Test cricketers will be playing but they’ve prepared by playing intra-squad matches and there’ll be no spectators in the ground. It is of course arguable that fans could attend and maintain social distancing however it’s more the getting there (Unnecessary risks on public transport etc) and getting in and out of the ground that are the problem.

West Indies are short of a few players. It’s perfectly understandable that some players, at least one of whom has suffered tragedy in his life, doesn’t want to tour England. Two of the absent players hail from Guyana where until recently at least, there hadn’t been many deaths. That may have changed as Coronavirus gains a grip on the Americas but it’s easy to comprehend that they didn’t want to visit a country where there’ve been thousands upon thousands of deaths, even if a little digging might suggest that a lot of those deaths have been in care homes. Of course BAME personnel do seem to be more vulnerable.

England will also be deprived of a player in the shape of their captain Joe Root. That possibly earns Joe Denly a reprieve and means that England’s batsmen will be competing against each other. Ben Stokes will lead England against a West Indies side who have some exciting young players in and around their squad.

West Indies have been written off before, only to show England up. Let’s hope for some competitive cricket to feast upon once again. Whether or not there’ll be artificial crowd noise like in the football we’ll have to wait and see.

May I take this opportunity to thank anybody and everybody for visiting my blog. You might like to visit my football blog http://www.leftbackfooty.com Please do… because nobody is!

A New Playing Field

Hi all

If cricket doesn’t provide enough ball action for you then please head over to my new football (Soccer) related site. You can arrive at the pitch by clicking here… http://www.leftbackfooty.com

If you’ve enjoyed reading my thoughts on cricket then hopefully you’ll do the same regarding football. There’ll be a variety of articles taking to the pitch soon and please share the links to both my sites with all your friends and families on social media.

http://www.sillypointcricket.com

http://www.leftbackfooty.com

Many thanks and stay safe!

The Hundred is the Topps!

The Hundred, which let’s face it, is coming, will bring with it… Cricket Attax!

I’ve always said that these are the sort of things, like they have in football, that are what we need in order to peak children’s interest in cricket. Whilst first and foremost providing fun, the cards and game require some mathematical application so are, as a result… educational!

The Hundred might not be everybody’s cup of tea but it’s coming, some of it will be on free to air TV and it’ll bring Cricket Attax with it!

Mali Mauled!

It’s been well publicised that Mali Women were dismissed for the lowest ever T20I total last week… 4 all out against Rwanda!

What some of you may have missed is that they followed that up with 11 all out against Tanzania the following day then 10 all out against Uganda the next. That’s 25-30 then!

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/Ci/content/records/283168.html

They made 30-9 against Rwanda again yesterday mind…

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19349/scorecard/1188782/rwanda-women-vs-mali-women-7th-match-kwibuka-womens-twenty20-tournament-2019

So things are on the up!

This of course has brought into question the validity of the records being set and T20I statistics in general. I’ve heavily promoted my proposed structure of international cricket, one that would currently see a team such as Mali not hold full international status but have the right to earn it. Teams such as England would currently have full international status but could lose it. That’s meritocracy in sport (Hey Manchester City Women’s football team… meritocracy!).

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/womens/team-rankings/t20i

As it stands, all international women’s teams have full status. I’m a big believer in being better for gaining experience. Mali will improve and I look forward to hearing about it. I’m not a fan of the idea of picking and choosing statistics. Cricket should be a global game and whilst this may have been a chastening experience for the Malians they will be better for it. International sport should be ruthless. That is how the best help the weaker sides improve and therefore create competition. Don’t get me started on critics of the USA Women’s football (Soccer!) team. for their celebrations against Thailand. Anybody who has a problem with that is not someone who should be allowed anywhere near competitive sport. Even if it’s the absolute doldrums of the village cricket circuit, I don’t ever want anybody taking it easy on me!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_women%27s_national_cricket_team

Clarke Biting but Without the Bark!

I’ve scripted a few articles about batsman Joe Clarke. His previous indiscretions rightly leave him officially unselectable for England at present. Off-field misdemeanours are not the only reason why Clarke doesn’t merit international recognition. Scores of 48, 1, 29, 0, 7, 0, 6, 12 & 0 since the restart of the County Championship are pretty abysmal. His season average will drop into the mid-twenties at the conclusion of Nottinghamshire’s current match and even that is elevated by a debut hundred scored quite some time ago. Why Clarke continues to get a mention as a soon to be England player is beyond me. At the risk of repeating myself, he hasn’t committed a crime and we don’t know what every player gets up to behind closed doors but Clarke is not fit to represent his country at professional sport. In time, I have no problem with him displaying development both as a player and a person and winning England recognition but not now.

Are Clarke’s performances being affected by what is supposedly still an ongoing investigation on the part of the ECB into his conduct? Possibly and if so… tough! He has to deal with it. I don’t for one second believe that all England cricketers or footballers etc, male or female are saints and have never done anything wrong. It’s by doing wrong things that you learn. We don’t want perfect people around us because they’re probably less perfect than those who’ve messed up somewhere along the line. On that note, I wish that the tone of commentators following the Women’s football world cup would stop turning matches into X-Factor sob stories. We know that people have an agenda where they want to make out that women footballers are better idols than the men but it’s condescending, often inaccurate and painful to listen too. Just commentate on the action!

Extras

Bye:

ODI status attained by USA!

Leg Bye: Bad news for one England wicketkeeper but good news for another… then bad news for another!

A dislocated shoulder for Sam Billings.

An England white-ball call-up for Ben Foakes.

Errr… insert picture of Ollie Pope!

A Billingsesque dislocated shoulder for Foakes’ Surrey teammate Ollie Pope.

No Ball:

A reported drugs fail for Alex Hales… but why try to hide it?

Wide:

Not cricket but loyal followers will be aware of my association with FC Nantes. As with all the above, this merits a post of its own but you’ll have to forgive me.

Farewell Horacio Sala. May you and Emiliano be reunited. Wishing your family great strength.

Free Hit:

190 from 154 balls for Hampshire’s occasional England player James Vince against Gloucestershire!

20,000!

20,000 seems like a number worth celebrating so thank you for helping me reach said milestone of hits.

My articles involving the entire evolution of Big Ant’s console cricket games: Don Bradman Cricket 14 and 17, Ashes Cricket and Cricket 19 have been the mainstay of my views courtesy of search engines.

Posts on another cricket game but away from console: Cricket Captain, have also been critical to my amassing of views.

A particular interest for many in Haseeb Hameed has also helped me gain plenty of views!

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My homeland, the United Kingdom, is the run away leader for me in terms of hits with India then USA in the silver and bronze medal positions respectively.

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/01/25/don-bradman-cricket-17-career-stagnation/

The above post has been my most discovered.

With a bumper summer of cricket ahead and plenty of Cricket 19 posts on the way, maybe I can double 20k in less time than the three years it’s taken me to reach this point in the first place!

Losing all Respect for Cardiff City

I know I know, it’s not cricket again but this subject is close to my heart. Emiliano Sala represented my wife’s hometown of Nantes for four seasons. His death was tragic and avoidable.

What annoys me greatly are the actions of Cardiff City. When it suited them, Cardiff paraded Sala in a Cardiff City shirt and claimed him as their own…

https://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/news/2019/january/record-signing–emiliano-sala-is-a-bluebird/

However it soon didn’t suit them and according to the Welsh outfit, suddenly the paperwork wasn’t in order.

Sorry, too late. You put him in your shirt and said he was yours. €15,000,000 needs transferring to France ASAP please!

Emiliano Sala

This has nothing to do with cricket but my wife is from Nantes and therefore they’re my team. I watch them when I can and have seen Sala on TV many times. Fingers crossed but the outlook appears bleak…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-46954922

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/8249696/emiliano-salo-cardiff-fc-channel-islands-plane-missing/amp/

He was beginning a new journey, following a new dream, having given his all for FC Nantes and had left on good terms. Barring a miracle…

Unbelievable, just unbelievable!