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Cricket has provided my bread and butter for over 30 years and I’ll always be grateful for that, not just the income but the friends and memories, too. The internet wasn’t even a thing until four years after I filed my first report but I’ve caught up. So this is where you can read my Weekly Columns and Tour Diaries – and also browse through the archives from the last 20 years.

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – “I knew we would be in the final”

 May 10, 2019
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As I write this we have just completed our preparation for the ‘Qualifier’ match against Delhi Capitals this evening. A second bite of the cherry courtesy of the top-two place on the league table. Obviously we would have preferred to be sitting in Hyderabad waiting for whoever our opponents would be in the final, but […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons, a Q&A – 3rd May 2019

 May 3, 2019
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Q – Whereas all of the other teams have been focussed on qualifying for the play-offs, it has looked and felt like CSK were “inevitable qualifiers”. Is that how it felt within the camp? A – No! First of all, you need to be an actuarial scientist to understand just when you have actually qualified. […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 2nd May 2019

 May 2, 2019
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1st May –  Chennai Super Kings 179-4, Delhi Capitals 99 all out CSK won by 80 runs So we managed to do it again. To win from a position where, watching from the dugout, you SHOULD be asking ‘how do we get out of this hole?’ We scored just three runs in first three overs […]

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Should England pay more?

 May 1, 2019
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It’s hard to know the best way to make money, but charging family and friends for a traditional dinner is bound to raise eyebrows. Bring a bottle or some chocolates, sure, but family is family. It may be a nostalgic way of looking at things but families can be very tetchy. Normal families, Varsity families…cricket […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 23rd April 2019

 April 23, 2019
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“It is difficult to explain what it feels like sitting in the dugout with the scoreboard reading 24-4 chasing 150-odd as we were against the Rajasthan Royals and still believing that you can win the match. That you will win the match. Then the same against KKR at 81-4 chasing 161 against a formidable KKR […]

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