The End of English Cricket?

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A triumphant Parnell takes it upon himself to dump England out of the T20 World Cup.

In the wake of an appalling tour of Australia and an early exit from the T20 World Cup many have begun to question England and the ECB. The root of these failings seems to run deeper than just a spout of poor form. Could it be that the once world beaters have become nothing more than mediocre? Continue reading

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English Sport. Spoilt for Choice?

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This week it has been announced by Sport England that many sports will be receiving cuts in their funding, most notably our national sport Football. Also among the list of funding cuts are; Rowing, Cricket, Netball, Golf and Hockey all sports we as a nation are traditionally ‘good’ at. Funding in large is being cut due to a decrease in participation at grassroots level. in a country steeped in sporting history how can participation in sports be decreasing? Continue reading

Referee? You must be mad!

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In the wake of the biggest win of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea career and Arsene Wenger’s 1,000 game as manager of Arsenal it would be fair to assume that these would be dominating the headlines this weekend but once again a referee is. Granted, it’s one of the most bizarre mistakes in premier league history.

During Chelsea’s demolition of Arsenal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a save most keepers would have been pleased with and after some deliberation a penalty was given. The right decision. After this it meant that a red card also, had to be given. Again right decision. But, some how, the official Andre Marriner mistook Chamberlin for another player, Kieron Gibbs, sending him off. What an absolute howler! Everyone makes mistakes right? Not sure the Arsenal faithful will see it that way but it does lead you to question how hard is it really to be a referee? Continue reading