Charlton Athletic: Sorting out the mess – Football Manager 2019, Part 2

Pre-season A pretty decent pre-season. The highlight being a 3-0 win over Anderlecht which we dominated. We were 2-0 down against City and pulled it back to draw, while the wins against Portadown and Albion Rovers were easy, and organised because I didn't want to go through a pre-season without winning. All but those two … Continue reading Charlton Athletic: Sorting out the mess – Football Manager 2019, Part 2

England’s Ignored XI

As England take the field for the final test in the series against India, Sam Dyer of The Cricket Walrus brings us his side of players that were good enough to earn their Test Caps much sooner than this series, but for whatever reason have been overlooked. Selectors can’t always get it right. Sometimes they’ll … Continue reading England’s Ignored XI

All Time Somerset XI – County Championship Series

With the 2018 Specsavers County Championship well underway we thought we'd have a rundown of the various teams' histories. The first team under the spotlight are Somerset. Currently third in Division 1 of the Championship, Somerset will be looking to push for their first ever title this year; surprising when you consider how consistently strong … Continue reading All Time Somerset XI – County Championship Series

A Run Down of the Super Sixes and ODI Qualification Play-Offs

Following on from the World Cup Qualifiers Group stage that finished on Monday, six teams will compete for the two spots available at the 2019 World Cup. By virtue of qualifying for this stage, Scotland and the UAE have achieved ODI status for the next international cycle. The six teams all finished in the top … Continue reading A Run Down of the Super Sixes and ODI Qualification Play-Offs

Hong Kong Shock Afghanistan; Wins for UAE and West Indies as Scotland Qualify for Super Sixes

The 3rd Round of the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers proved just as dismal for Afghanistan as the previous two, while the West Indies survived an early wobble to beat Papua New Guinea, the UAE overcame the Netherlands and Scotland became the first team to qualify for the Super Sixes by beating Nepal.   Hong Kong … Continue reading Hong Kong Shock Afghanistan; Wins for UAE and West Indies as Scotland Qualify for Super Sixes

Wins for Ireland, West Indies, and Scotland, as Zimbabwe Beat Afghanistan in 2-run Thriller

Scotland and Ireland maintained their perfect records after wins in Round 2 of the World Cup Qualifier, whilst the West Indies won their first game while a classic encounter played out between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.   Zimbabwe 196 ao (43 overs): Taylor 89, Raza 60; Rashid 3-38, Mujeeb 3-49 Afghanistan 194ao (49.3 overs): Shah 69, … Continue reading Wins for Ireland, West Indies, and Scotland, as Zimbabwe Beat Afghanistan in 2-run Thriller

Wins for Ireland, UAE, and Zimbabwe, as Scotland Overcome Afghanistan in World Cup Qualifiers

The first round of World Cup Qualifiers were played today, with Ireland, the UAE, Zimbabwe, and Scotland all winning their opening matches.   Afghanistan 255 ao (50 overs): Nabi 92, N Zadran 67; Wheal 3-36, 3-42 Berrington Scotland 256-3 (47.2 overs): MacLeod 157*, Berrington 67; M Zadran 2-47 Scotland win by 7 wickets Scotland comfortably … Continue reading Wins for Ireland, UAE, and Zimbabwe, as Scotland Overcome Afghanistan in World Cup Qualifiers

Stability is Key: Why Ronald Koeman is Everton’s Long Term Future

Stability is Key: Why Ronald Koeman is Everton’s Long Term Future Everton have endured a tricky start to the 2017/18 Premier League season, so much so that some fans have been calling for manager Ronald Koeman to be sacked after just seven games in charge. Obviously, 7 points from seven games isn’t good enough for … Continue reading Stability is Key: Why Ronald Koeman is Everton’s Long Term Future

Sex, Drugs and No Ball Fours: The mysterious world of cricket scorers

Guest writer Adam Lawrie divulges all he has learnt from manning the score-hut for many a side in club cricket Despite being an integral part of the game we all know and love, very little has been discussed about Scorers in their little huts, remaining unseen but very active like a species of goblin people. … Continue reading Sex, Drugs and No Ball Fours: The mysterious world of cricket scorers