England’s World Cup memories

“By the barest of margins!” Ian Smith’s words have since passed into the folklore of English sport since they were first uttered as Jos Buttler swept away the stumps to seal England’s first World Cup win in 2019. However, since cricket launched its’ first global tournament in 1975, the nation that hosted the first three[…]

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Faded glories shine bright as Foxes triumph on Cup final day

They came in their hundreds on the trains from Leicester, singing songs and wearing their Foxes bucket hats. It has been 22 years since Leicestershire reached a one day final, and 38 years since they had won one, and these fans were determined to make the most of it. Those of us of a vintage[…]

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The travesty of a 10 team World Cup

The Ashes understandably took the lion’s share of cricket fans’ attention this summer but the World Cup qualifying tournament that was being played out in Zimbabwe was arguably even more significant. You would hardly have known from the cricket media that it was even taking place. The Cricketer magazine devoted 8 lines on its’ news[…]

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Daring England win over the doubters in glorious Oval finale

I was wrong. So many of us who have watched this wonderful game for the majority of our lives and believed we understood it were wrong. We believed that “Bazball”, a word that the England team are probably as heartily sick of as most of you, was merely a fad, a hubristic flex destined to[…]

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England left to rue missed opportunities as Ashes fizzles out

This wasn’t how it was supposed to end, not for the greatest Ashes contest in years. It should have been a sun soaked final day at The Oval, the series perfectly tied at 2-2, the urn in the balance. Instead, we got a cold, dark day at Old Trafford, the rain pouring down while England’s[…]

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Stokes’ gunslingers earn themselves one more chance

In front of a raucous Sunday afternoon’s crowd at Headingley, England’s cricketers earned themselves a reprieve. It felt like a last stand for this team and its leadership, particularly when Ben Stokes was pummelling sixes with one functioning knee and a stiff back on Friday morning. England have got themselves into a hole of their[…]

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A Day At The Cricket – Wantage Road

Welcome to a new regular series at The Bouncer called A Day at the Cricket. Football groundhopping has become very popular in recent years, with many blogs and magazines devoted to travelling to and reviewing different grounds. However, cricket has been slow to catch up and, with county cricket needing all the publicity it can[…]

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England’s greatest hits tour fails to hit the high notes

The England team in this Ashes series so far has resembled an aging boyband embarking on a greatest hits tour where they try to recapture the old magic but can’t quite hit reach the high notes anymore. First of all, we had the Edgbaston 2005 cover version. Australia set 282 to win, only one more[…]

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