Category Archives: Cricket

A Legend Retires #ThankYouSachin

Perfect balance, perfect timing, and amazing longevity. It has been a privilege to watch you play, sir. Thank you. Photo from Sydney Morning Herald

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Karen & Karen on Napier’s Bones

The promised episode of SF Crossing the Gulf focusing on Derryl Murphy’s novel, Napier’s Bones is now available for download. It is deeply spoilerific, but as usual Karen Lord and Karen Burnham have a fascinating conversation and I’m delighted to … Continue reading

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In Which I Invent A Game

Yesterday was pretty miserable for sport. Wales threw away a very good half time lead to lose the Junior Rugby World Cup Final to England, and after a great deal of faffing around with the weather England contrived to lose … Continue reading

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Radio: Legal Aid, Black History & Thatcher

As I noted on Tuesday, this week’s Women’s Outlook show was light on books and heavy on politics. In the first half hour Paulette and I quiz two Bristol experts on legal aid. What the government is doing in this … Continue reading

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My Brain: She Is Weird

I very rarely remember dreams. This is probably a good thing, because when I do they can be decidedly weird. This morning I awoke from a dream of watching a cricket match. Tim Powers had taken up the sport, and … Continue reading

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West Indies – World Champions!

The finals of the World T20 Cricket Cups were played today. I wasn’t able to watch live as I was at a conference, but I did follow along as best I could on my phone. The ladies game was a … Continue reading

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Winter Is Coming

It has snowed in parts of England today. Speculation on Twitter has been that this has something to do with the arrival of George R.R. Martin on these shores — he’s a Guest of Honour at Eastercon. However, I’ll be … Continue reading

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Spot Betting Scandal Hits British SF

The British Science Fiction Community was thrown into disarray this week after two undercover Guardian journalists, Alison Flood and Damien Walter, claimed to have obtained footage of a juror for the Arthur C. Clarke Award agreeing to fix the results … Continue reading

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Well Done Ireland!

It was the final day of the Twenty20 Qualifier Tournament today. Two matches were played. In the morning Ireland had a re-match with Namibia, and thrashed them by 9 wickets. That guaranteed them a place in the main event in … Continue reading

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Cricket – Almost Done

Sadly the USA did not end the tournament on a high, getting comprehensively beaten by Hong Kong in the 11th place playoff. Scotland, however, went out with a bang, beating Canada for 5th with a four off the last ball … Continue reading

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Cricket – Into The Playoffs

I’m pleased to report that the USA cricket team ended the tournament on a high, registering their third win as they beat Bermuda by 34 runs to secure 11th place overall. Elsewhere Ireland crushed Canada by 10 wickets, but Scotland … Continue reading

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USA Beats Scotland at Cricket

Yes, you did read that right. The final round of the group stages of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers took place today, and USA registered their second win of the tournament (the other being against hapless minnows, Oman). Unfortunately that wasn’t … Continue reading

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T20 Qualifiers: Day 3

Meanwhile, back at the cricket… Today’s top game was Italy v Ireland. The Irish just squeaked home with two balls and two wickets to spare. Scotland registered their second win, against Uganda. Afghanistan thrashed Denmark while Canada dealt out a … Continue reading

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Cricket Report

The big game today was Netherlands v Afghanistan. It was a close-fought affair that ended with Afghanistan getting the winning runs with just 2 balls to spare, and 4 wickets in hand. Ireland got their campaign back on track today … Continue reading

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Cricket: it is a World Sport

For the next two weeks an international cricket tournament is taking place in the UAE. It is a qualifying event for the World Twenty20 tournament that will happen in Sri Lanka in September. All of the top cricketing nations: England, … Continue reading

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Sports Documentaries

Over the weekend I finished watching a few DVDs I need to send to Kevin. Two of those were sports documentaries: Ken Burns’ Tenth Inning and Stevan Riley’s Fire in Babylon. Both are notable for using sport a a lens … Continue reading

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It has been a busy day here, full of minor annoyances, so I’ve not had time to write anything much. However, I would like to give a quick shout out to a couple of people who have done good things … Continue reading

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An American At Lords

A couple of days ago I was pointed to this long essay by ESPN reporter, Wright Thompson. He’d been sent to cover the England-India test match at Lords last summer, and found the experience fascinating. There is much good in … Continue reading

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OK, enough of the cricket already. But I couldn’t resist posting this lovely picture of Tendulkar with the trophy. The photo is © Associated Press and appears in this article on Cricinfo in which Tendulkar says he has no intention … Continue reading

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Congratulations, India!

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the cricket World Cup Final was played today in Mumbai. India beat Sri Lanka in a fairly close match that featured magnificent performances by players on both sides. I very much enjoyed it, and … Continue reading

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