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12/06/2018

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Notes from a melodious and occasionally fantastical September song: Mitch Santner in Green Park, defying a rampant Ravi Ashwin with Gowerian elegance and Bradmanian footwork… Toby Roland-Jones at Lords, gift-wrapping Middlesex, my Middlesex, their first County Championship since this column was introduced to the bare necessities of parenthood - and with a bloody hat-trick to boot. Adidas Gazelle Donna Scontate .Ryan Sidebottom on the same summer-beaten turf, celebrating a bonus point as if it was an untainted Olympic gold… being in Madrid for the final day, guiltily rooting for Somerset while flat-batting away score updates from London, Devon, Hereford, Salisbury and Australia, convinced that watching as-live three days later was feasible (and failing miserably)… ordering enchiladas from a Bangladeshi waiter in the citys former Jewish quarter while exchanging raves over Shakib al Hasan - then incurring his gentle disapproval for wearing a Pakistan 2003 World Cup shirt.No less heartwarming, for all that, was this columns acknowledgement - at our 70th annual lunch - of the importance of the Cricket Writers Club (originally the Empire Cricket Writers Club; Media Club would be more accurate now). With membership booming as never before (400-plus), it is also the only such institution that offers a plausible excuse to reject adherence to the Groucho Marx Theory: never join a club prepared to accept someone like you.Of the major absentees from a spiffing do at Merchant Taylors Hall in Londons legendary Threadneedle Street - a thoroughfare now crammed with those artful dodgers and merchant bankers whom our governments thank so generously for causing the global economic recession - none left a bigger hole than the late Tony Cozier, that beacon for fair and passionate campaigning journalism. Missing, too, was the understated, kind and equally perceptive John Woodcock, dubbed the Sage of Longparish but Wooders to one and all. Now 90, still writing for the Times after 63 years, he had fallen heavily in his thatched Hampshire vicarage the previous Friday. Happily, the luncheon brochure contained what can only be described as Wooders interviews Wooders.More than anything TV has changed [cricket reporting], he declared. On the Times, we were expected to write about what went on out on the field and very little else, none of it having already been seen on the box. Much as one hates to protest, TV has also helped our credibility. Instead of being first with the news, getting it wrong and getting away with it, we now watch replays in the pressbox and get it right (if not necessarily first).Key to proceedings was the opening speech by Mark Stanley Baldwin, the estimable CWC chairman. Half a century ago, England v Garry Sobers or even Hants v Lancs received as much coverage as the FIFA World Cup finals that were being staged in Limeyland. These days effball rules supreme to a soul-destroying extent, making every cricket reporter shudder. The job, moreover, is far more taxing, demanding endless tweets and updates and news stories in addition to the considered close-of-play summary. But for the strenuous efforts of this site to uphold the importance of flannelled tomfoolery to the boys and girls at Disney, the problem would be infinitely worse.Its the greatest game in the world by miles is Stanleys mantra, delivered in just the sort of mild-but-adamant tones you might expect from a thoughtful Bristolian. That pre-lunch rallying cry flowed from head, heart and soul. As a profession I dont think cricket writing has ever faced the huge challenges it faces now... lack of space in newspapers, lack of interest from editors, huge cuts to staffs, lack of proper payment. But its no good moaning about it.I applaud ECBs radical, responsible and imaginative response to the crisis in the coverage of the domestic game. Other sports are already looking hard at the lead ECB has taken in [making the ECB Reporters Network possible], and I truly believe that by continuing to work together, the board and this club can do a hell of a lot more yet to make the network a leading promotional force for good in English cricket.And its in the interests of all of us in this room that this is done. We all depend on the profile as much as the profitability of cricket for our jobs and in that sense it is up to every one of us, from administrators, players and coaches to media and media officers, to buy into this collective need to promote the game in imaginative ways. For most of this clubs 70 years, cricket has never really had to worry about ensuring its promotion. Newspapers national, regional and local almost all spent money sending reporters and photographers around the country and around the world, largely without questioning either the base costs of doing that or the expense accounts, but that situation no longer exists.How curious, then, that the most important piece of cricket writing of these past few, earth-twitching weeks in Blighty was a media statement from a late invitee to that CWC feast: Rod Bransgrove, the businessman and club chairman who brought Tests to Hampshire and bold, progressive ideas to the game.We should be in no doubt about the risks of doing nothing, began his assessment, released two days later, of the proposed new T20 competition for eight city franchises. Unlike some, he does not believe this radical step is tantamount to beheading Old Father Time and feeding his entrails to the pigeons at the Nursery End. According to ECB research, while roughly 9.4 million UK citizens are interested in cricket, well under 1% are actually members of one of the 18 first-class counties. That a mere 2% of Britons aged 7 to 15 cite cricket as their favourite sport is depressing enough. Even more terrifyingly, this same group are likelier, apparently, to recognise the WWE wrestling star John Cena than Alastair Cook.Many blame the absence of cricket on terrestrial TV for this situation, and this may indeed have played a part, Bransgrove continued, before delivering a right to the jaw. But this ignores the trend of young people watching traditional scheduled TV less. It is also somewhat ironic that Mr Cenas fame has been established whilst WWE has been broadcast in the UK exclusively via satellite.Bransgrove, it should be noted, was by no means the only non-media type among the 306 diners at Merchant Taylors. Also present was Paul Farbrace, Trevor Bayliss chum and closest aide: still cherry-cheeked, still as cheery a cricket person as this column has ever known, still bubbling with boyish glee over the national teams rich promise and tradition-pulverising approach to this fabulous trivial pursuit of ours. England, the most adventurous, frightening one-day team on the planet: did we ever imagine in our wildest fantasies that we would ever utter such a sentence without reaching for a question mark?One of the many awards (which for the first time included one for the womenfolk, won by Charlotte Edwards) was for book of the year, which went to that arch-internationalist Scyld Berry for The Game of Life. Skid started out in the 1970s at the Observer, serving the Sunday paper for many years before joining the Sunday Telegraph midway through a career dominated by a quest for justice, where he pulled off the extraordinarily rare trick of transforming himself into a top-notch ethical newshound. No active journalist so warrants the games thanks.Then there was the bald eagle on the next table, Mike Selvey. Despite whistling out Roy Fredericks, Viv Richards and Alvin Kallicharran on his first morning of a brief run as an England swinger 40 years ago, Selve is loved instead because of the insights gleaned by Guardian readers for the past 32. In August, cost-cutting bred bad news: his contract would not be renewed. That he never once had the security of a full-time position says all you need to know about his independence of spirit.Did compassion alone earn him the Peter Smith Memorial Award? He would not have been the first such choice by any means. Honouring the late Daily Mail and News of the World cricket writer and press officer, this trophy has been presented since 1992 to those who best promote the greatest game - hence the inaugural honouree, David Gower, who had just been dropped from the Test XI to nationwide fury. Others include Richie Benaud, Sri Lankas 1996 World Cup winners, that peerless county reporter David Foot, that magnificent photographer Patrick Eagar, the county groundsmen, and naturally, Wooders himself. Selve deserved it regardless. Nobody has better analysed bowlers.Floating around our table before dessert, meanwhile, was the reigning world heavyweight cricket-writing champion, Mike Atherton, another proud CWC lad whose take on the so-called good egg clause in those new England contracts would make mustnt-miss reading in the Times a couple of days later.The last thing a captain or coach should want, asserted Athers, is a dressing room full of yes-men and goody-two-shoes types, eager to please and happy to oblige, no matter what is asked of them. A certain independence of spirit, a questioning attitude, and a desire to challenge authority should be encouraged. That is, after all, what often separates the best from the rest.As this column would have told its new students had it not been ill, if thats not a nourishing slice of incisive, thought-provoking journalism as well as a gem of a payoff paragraph, the Chief Rabbis a Catholic. Adidas Gazelle Uomo Nere . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. Yeezy Powerphase Nere . The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. http://www.scarpebasketsaldi.it/adidas-iniki-runner/adidas-iniki-runner-rosa.html . Louis Blues teammates who would also be participating in the Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey, that is. CHASKA, Minn. -- Leading: United States is up 9 1/2- 6 1/2.Up Next: The Ryder Cup will be decided in the 12 singles matches Sunday. The U.S. needs 5 points to win the Cup, Europe needs 7 1/2 to retain it.Big Afternoon: The U.S. team came through in the afternoon better ball sessions, winning three of four matches to build its lead.Match of the Day: Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were down from the second hole on and 4-down with six holes to play. They roared back for a tie in alternate shot.Shot of the Day: A wedge by Patrick Reed that spun back into the hole on No. 6 in better ball to give himself and Jordan Spieth a lead they never gave up against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.Uh-Oh: Lee Westwood missed a short putt on the 17th hole and an even shorter one on 18 as he and Danny Willett lost 1-up to Ryan Moore and J.B. Holmes in better ball.Key Stat: In 49 holes overr three matches, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters have never trailed. Adidas Tennis Hu Uomo. Notable: The last time the Ryder Cup was on U.S. soil, the Europeans came back from a 10-6 deficit on the final day to win in 2012 in Chicago.Just as notable: European captain Darren Clarke picked his top players to go out first Sunday to try and regain momentum.Key Sunday Matches (all times EDT): Rory McIlroy vs. Patrick Reed, 12:04 p.m.; Jordan Spieth vs. Henrik Stenson, 12:15 p.m.; Phil Mickelson vs. Sergio Garcia, 12:59 p.m.Quotable: We all know the deal is to do our job. We go out there to win our match, not worrying about how many points the team needs to close it out or win. -- Matt Kuchar on the Sunday singles strategy.Television: Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (NBC). NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap Jerseys Throwback Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys ' ' '