Those eager to snap up tickets for next summer's ICC Cricket World cup can now pre-register for the online ballot. The tournament will feature ten teams and 48 matches at 11 venues across England and Wales from May 30, 2019 until the final at Lords on July 14. And Edgbaston is hosting five of the one day matches: New Zealand vs South Africa on June 19 New Zealands vs Pakistan on June 26 England vs India on June 30 Bangladesh vs India on July 2 The semi-final on July 11 A public ballot for ticket applications opens at 10am on August 1, 2018 and closes on August 29. But fans can pre-register now by setting up an online ICC Cricket World Cup account to take part in the ballot. The Public Ballot will be open until 29 August and fans will be able to apply to each of the 48 fixtures, with tickets in each price band at every game available. Tickets for children are available from just £6, with a family of four able to go to selected group games for as little as £44. The ten … [Read more...] about When tickets for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup go on sale
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WITH his plummy, aristocratic accent and occasionally surreal observations, Henry Blofeld became one of the nation's most beloved sports broadcasters. The Test Match Special legend hung up his microphone in 2017, but he's still going strong – here's what you need to know about him... Who is Henry Blofeld? Henry Blofeld was born in Norfolk on September 23, 1939 and was educated (where else?) at Eton College, followed by Cambridge University. He excelled in schools cricket and represented Cambridge in 16 First Class matches, but failed to scale the heights of many of his commentating contemporaries due to injuries. After drifting away from playing, he embarked on a career as a sports journalist, writing for the Guardian before joining Test match Special in 1972. Although he had previously commentated for ITV in the 1960s, it was on TMS that Blofeld became a broadcasting legend to cricket fans. Affectionately dubbed "Blowers", his hilariously off-topic observations regularly ranged … [Read more...] about How old is Henry Blofeld, who is the Test Match Special legend’s wife and how many books has he written?
Save for one dodgy lbw call, Scotland’s one-day international against England in Edinburgh on Sunday would have been a dress rehearsal for a clash between the teams at next year’s World Cup. Scotland’s moment of injustice came in the 32nd over of their run chase in a winner-takes-all contest against West Indies at this year’s World Cup qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe when Richie Berrington was dismissed leg before by Ashley Nurse to a delivery that was clearly drifting down the legside. West Indies went on to win the match by five runs on Duckworth-Lewis after rain brought a premature end to Scotland’s pursuit of 199. The loss of Berrington’s wicket – the fifth in the innings to fall – proved crucial to the outcome. Indeed, the DL calculation would have fallen in Scotland’s favour had they been only four wickets down when the rain came. While nobody is suggesting the West Indies benefitted from deliberate favouritism in that match … [Read more...] about England vs Scotland, the ODI fixture that could have been if not for one dodgy lbw call
Tim Wigmore 2 June 2018 9:00 AM 2 June 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Blame it on a marketing survey. In 2001, the England and Wales Cricket Board commissioned the biggest piece of market research in the game’s history. They were told cricket was ‘socially inaccessible’, and that there existed a vast swath of ‘cricket tolerators’ — those who didn’t hate the game yet didn’t attend matches. So the ECB decided to take cricket to them. Twenty20, which could be crammed in after work on a midsummer’s evening, was created in the summer of 2003. The new game followed a traditional path: born in England, but perfected abroad. After India overcame its initial opposition, the country inexorably became the home of T20. A decade ago the Indian Premier League, the nation’s T20 domestic league, was launched, with matches at 8 p.m. every day, like an Indian soap opera. This was less a … [Read more...] about Twenty20 is making cricket great again