Skipton real ale strong on appeal

THE Skipton brewery Copper Dragon are producing another real ale brand with a cricket theme to build on the popularity of Fred Trueman Ale, named in the memory of the England fast bowler and launched a year ago in the north and midlands. Fred Trueman is to be made available on draft, and the same …

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Hussain and Gooch take film parts

FORMER England captains Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch are to appear in an Indian-made film with a cricket background due for release this week as the 2011 World Cup approaches. The film, called Patiala House, starring Akshay Kumar, features Wasim Akram, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Hussain and Gooch to add authenticity as relationships among a …

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Fielding collision — and broken leg

THERE is nothing that legislation or equipment can do to prevent serious accidents in the deep field. Kyle Wilson has become the latest player to suffer at first class level, breaking his leg during a one-day match in Johannesburg. Wilson, 21, in his first season with Border, was fielding in the CSA Provincial one-dayer against …

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Epps book bought for £150,000-plus

AN anonymous buyer has paid a stunning £151,250 for a single edition of William Epps’s Cricket. A Collection of All the Grand Matches played in England from 1771 to 1791 The price, a record for one cricket book, more than doubled the experts’ prediction when the tome was auctioned at Christie’s on November 17. Published …

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MCC ‘grand matches’ up for auction

THE MCC are putting some fabulously valuable and rare cricketana up for auction with Christie’s in November, including three books on ‘grand matches’ published in 1799 with an estimated value of more than £50,000. The MCC announced that their auction of sporting books and pictures would take place at Christie’s auction house in South Kensington …

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ECB predict cricket’s apocalypse

ENGLAND’S cricket authorities have told the Government they believe that reserving the Ashes series for terrestrial television would cause a “devastating collapse in the entire fabric of cricket in England and Wales from the playground to the Test match arena”. Anyone might wonder after reading those words how cricket survived before Sky Television took the …

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Statue no-balled

The splendid bronze statue, called ‘Bowler’, which now stands in the Nursery Ground at Lord’s, was no-balled by Westminster Borough Council as a public danger when it was unveiled in the Coronation Garden next to the main pavilion in 1999. The boot-spikes on the raised right foot were deemed to be a threat to passers-by (presumably …

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