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All Out for Cricket in the City

All Out For Cricket in The City is taking place on 4th September 2017 at the stunning Honourable Artillery Company in Moorgate, this is London’s only T6 cricket tournament. Six teams (featuring special guests Mark Ramprakash and Matthew Hoggard) will battle it out to win our coveted trophy.               

On-the-day commentary will be given by all-time cricket legend Henry Blofeld, whose recent retirement means that 'All Out For Cricket in The CIty' is a last chance to catch his live match commentary. Our cricket days are a lot of fun, and there’s always a real buzz around these events.

It should be a fantastic day of cricket once again and we here at The Cricket Tier are right behind the event for a third year running, that helped raised £63,000 for the families of children undergoing serious medical treatment.

All the money raised will go towards The Sick Children’s Trust. We provide free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation to families with sick children who have serious and life-threatening illnesses in hospital. By allowing families to stay together, we are able to help alleviate just some of the emotional and financial strains at a traumatic and stressful time.

As mentioned: Six teams from across The City of London will battle it out in 6 matches to reach the grand final. Each team has the support of a star player (i.e. Matthew Hoggard or Mark Ramprakash), and each game has 6 overs. It’s quite a fun and fast paced tournament, and there’s always a real buzz around the event. Henry Blofeld is providing his legendary field-side commentary this year, in what will be one of his final appearances before retiring this September. On the day, there will be drinks, cream tea, a summer BBQ, champagne reception and evening gala dinner. Entry only tickets for the grounds are £20, and tickets that include the BBQ, cream tea and unlimited drinks (between 1pm and 5pm) are £95. For more information and to book tickets, please visit: The Sick Children’s Trust

Whole load of ODI & England v South Africa

Starting at the end of June is a couple of ODI series, followed then into July by the hugely anticipated England vs South Africa Test Series. Which of course is now known as the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy (title picture). Having already played each other in three ODI's before the Champions Trophy began, then three T20's just this week.                    

Both teams are already quite familar with each other but that all now changes though in the long format of the game. The captains and team managers however, will be making numerous squad changes in the four Test Series that starts at Lords on Thursday 6th July.

The One Day International series' that are taking place are Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka and India in the West Indies. Both these tours should be easy victories for Sri Lanka and India so they may give the chance to some of their younger players as they both prepare for the future.

Bookies Favourites

Looking at the odds, England are starting as slight favourites to beat South Africa. There are good offers on both teams to win the series at the moment. That suggests that the odds compilers are expecting a close encounter and it should be an inriguing warm up to the test series.

I'm not saying that the bookies always get things right but it's a fair indication of what we can expect. The conclusion is that based on the odds this is too close to call.

Enjoy the fixtures then, but of course I cannot go any furher without congratulating Pakistan are their recent Champions Trophy triumph. Fully derserved as they were excellent in both the sem-final against England and then even better against their old rivals India in the final. Very well done indeeed.

JUNE 2017

30 FRI Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Galle, 1st ODI
West Indies v India at North Sound, 3rd ODI

JULY 2017

2 SUN Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Galle, 2nd ODI
West Indies v India at North Sound, 4th ODI

6 THU Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, 3rd ODI
England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 1
West Indies v India at Kingston, 5th ODI

7 FRI England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 2

8 SAT England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 3
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, 4th ODI

9 SUN England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 4
West Indies v India at Kingston, Only T20I

10 MON England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 5
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, 5th ODI

14 FRI Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 1
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 1

15 SAT Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 2
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 2

16 SUN Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 3
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 3

17 MON Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 4
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 4

18 TUE Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 5
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 5

 

Eng VS SA and the ICC Champions Trophy

With less than two weeks to go until the opening game of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy here in England, more specifically London, Birmingham and Cardiff where the games will be played. We look at England's preparation and build up, starting with a three series ODI warm up against the visiting South Africans.                        

Yes, in just seven days time from now we will have a better idea of how well prepared both England and the Proteas are. It'll be a good battle between them for sure but obviously with it being on home territory I believe England will win.

I'll be betting on a 2-1 victory for England with both Joe Root and Kane Williamson being the key factors for their teams. I will bet with a bookie that lets me take my profit early just in case things look like they might not pan out as I expect. It'll be a great spectacle though. If they can go well in the next week and take their natural class into the tournament we'll certainly be in for a treat. 

Batsmen entertain and get runs on the board but with more variant and teams packing their teams with more bowlers, who can still bat, it could well be the bowlers that win this tournament. With Kagiso Rabada being the one to watch for me. Either way, over the 17 days of the tournament there are some absolutely cracking fixtures coming up.

MAY 2017

24 WED Bangladesh v New Zealand at Dublin, 6th Match
England v South Africa at Leeds, 1st ODI (day/night)

27 SAT England v South Africa at Southampton, 2nd ODI

29 MON England v South Africa at Lord's, 3rd ODI

JUNE 2017

1 THU ICC Champions Trophy, England v Bangladesh at The Oval, Group A

2 FRI ICC Champions Trophy Australia v New Zealand at Birmingham, Group A
West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, 1st T20I (night)

3 SAT ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka v South Africa at The Oval, Group B
West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, 2nd T20I (night)

4 SUN ICC Champions Trophy, India v Pakistan at Birmingham, Group B

What a fixture this is and always will be, with I'm imagining over a billion people watching world wide. Edgbaston will be packed too with around 25,000 in there on the Sunday morning. We'd love it to be a classic game of course but India should be winning this and will be the overwhelming favourites ahead of the game. There is always a chance of an upset and if that was to happen it could throw open the whole tournament. We here as neutral fans just want a brilliant but close game.

5 MON ICC Champions Trophy, Australia v Bangladesh at The Oval, Group A (day/night)
West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, 3rd T20I (night)

6 TUE ICC Champions Trophy, England v New Zealand at Cardiff, Group A

7 WED ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan v South Africa at Birmingham, Group B (day/night)

8 THU ICC Champions Trophy, India v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Group B

9 FRI ICC Champions Trophy, New Zealand v Bangladesh at Cardiff, Group A
West Indies v Afghanistan at Gros Islet, 1st ODI (day/night)

10 SAT ICC Champions Trophy, England v Australia at Birmingham, Group A

11 SUN ICC Champions Trophy, India v South Africa at The Oval, Group B
West Indies v Afghanistan at Gros Islet, 2nd ODI (day/night)

12 MON ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Cardiff, Group B

14 WED ICC Champions Trophy, England v Pakistan at Cardiff, 1st Semi-final
West Indies v Afghanistan at Gros Islet, 3rd ODI (day/night)

15 THU ICC Champions Trophy, India v Bangladesh at Birmingham, 2nd Semi-final
Scotland v Zimbabwe at Edinburgh, 1st ODI

17 SAT Scotland v Zimbabwe at Edinburgh, 2nd ODI

18 SUN ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan v India at The Oval, Final

England to go further in Champions Trophy

The next instalment of the ICC Champions Trophy is quickly approaching and is set to begin on June 1st, running until the final on June 18th. England and Wales are preparing to host the tournament for the second consecutive time and will be hoping home advantage plays it's part.                          

This will be the eighth chapter in the history of the Champions Trophy, the most recent of which was also co-hosted by England and Wales. This is the third time England have hosted the event and they have managed second place on both occasions. India won the tournament for the first time back in 2013, beating England by just five runs.

The tournament comes just a month after the announcement of the updated ICC ODI rankings. South Africa remain top of the pile with England's old enemy, Australia, just behind them in second, whereas England remain in fifth place ahead of the tournament.

England open the competition against Bangladesh at the Oval on June 1st and despite having four nations above them in the rankings, England are 3/1 favourites in cricket betting to win the competition. Looking back at previous tournaments, England have done well and overcome doubts about them in the competition. They have finished as runner-up on two occasions when they hosted and made the semi-final back in 2009.

They narrowly missed out last time as India beat them by just five runs but, a lot of people are very confident that this time they can go one further and win the trophy. Home advantage will certainly be a key element to their success, the England fans will attend in mass numbers and it's sure to give the England squad an extra push in every game.

England are likely to win their first fixture when they play Bangladesh - who are ranked 7th and are the big outsiders for the competition. The last time the two side's met, England won by 4 wickets, eventually defeating Bangladesh 2-1 in a 3-day series in Australia, and are expected to manage the same result at the Oval.

The next two fixtures aren't as kind to England as they have been placed in a very tough group with Australia and New Zealand. The latter are ranked just one place above them with the Aussies ranked in second. England face New Zealand on June 6th before facing Australia four days later.

However, England's primary source of success is likely to come through their batsmen. Joe Root is on top of his game currently, and was recently named the new captain of the test side, replacing Alastair Cook. Root is confident in his side ahead of the tournament, saying he is 'encouraged' by the amount of strength the squad has.

England have two tests warmed up prior to the tournament, they will play Ireland in a two-day fixture that commences on May 5th and then a week before the Tournament they face South Africa as the final test before the ICC Champions Trophy.

by Tom Wilson

Preview: England vs South Africa ODI Series

With the countdown well and truly on ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, a competition that sees England as one of the big favourites alongside Australia and South Africa, the England and Wales players know that they don't have long to hit their stride.                                              

                    1 year to go #CT17 @ICC pic.twitter.com/AkLiBa4XDe


The upcoming games against Ireland will, of course, allow certain players to get into top form and notch up some time at the crease, but let’s not forget that this is a match against an associate member side that hasn’t even qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy. The extent of the test this will provide is, therefore, debatable.

The real test will come in the run of three ODIs against a South African side that is a serious contender for the Champions Trophy – available at odds of 7/2 when punters bet on Cricket with Paddy Power – and the way those contests pan out will go some way towards showing British cricket fans that their team has both the strength in depth and the mental resilience to challenge for the trophy, as well as showing that – come 2019 and the next cricket World Cup - the host nations can finally win the top title in international ODI cricket.

Getting Back in the ODI Groove

Captain Eoin Morgan has announced that he is returning home from the IPL in time to play in the ODI games against Ireland, so there is certainly a buzz from the top of the team to drive on and use the matches against South Africa to get back in the ODI groove. This sort of dedication, as well as the fact that England thrashed the Windies in their last ODI series, suggests that the team have to go into the South Africa match on home turf as favourites.

That said, let’s not forget that South Africa managed to earn a series victory over New Zealand, a result which saw them secure their status as the top ODI team in the world. This feat was hard earned and, when you take into account the fact that they didn’t see the best of their batsmen despite their win, you can see why they shouldn’t be underestimated.

Again, like with the English team, many South African star players who took part in the IPL sorely need to get back in the ODI groove. One plus, though, is the fact that their top ranked ODI bowler Imran Tahir was only picked up after injuries. Despite his limited time in the IPL, Tahir still managed to show how lethal he can be with the ball in his hand.

South African Strength Tested

Of course, adjusting back into the ODI groove and getting used to the tricky conditions that the English summers can throw at players will be a big challenge for both teams. However, with the South African side top of the ‘big three’ (top of the team ranking, top-ranked batsman, and top-ranked bowler), the series should allow them to showcase their strength in depth.
 


Beating England and keeping the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and even (on a good day) Eoin Morgan from making big scores on their native wickets would prove that they are a serious force and not just a dark horse for the tournament, especially if they can get Joe Root out cheaply at Headingley, where he regularly bats for Yorkshire in all formats of the game.

If South Africa can do this, and their batting line-up (especially the likes of AB de Villiers) can once again show why they are so feared by bowlers, then South Africa can set the scene for a bad summer for English cricket, leaving the host nation’s confidence shattered before the ICC Champions Trophy has even begun.

Pakistan in the West Indies

With no International cricket over the last ten days, we are now ready to get going again as we head towards the northern hemisphere's action packed summer. For now though we still have the rest of April and May to get through before the summer is officially here, but there is enough going on out there to once again keep us entertained.            

The biggest series over the next few weeks then is of course Pakistan continuing their tour of the West Indies with a three match Test Series. The Frist Test actually started two days ago in Kingston with the captains Jason Holder and Misbah-ul-Haq doing the toss. After Kingston it's then onto Bridgetown and Roseau where I can see 'The Green Shirts' possibly doing a clean sweep and winning all three.

Away from the International scene you have the Indian Premier League going on and that is well and truly under way, with some cracking games so far and plenty more to come. In England the County Championship in three games in as all the players there start what is going to be a busy six months of various forms of cricket.

APRIL 2017

21 FRI West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston, 1st Test - day 1

22 SAT West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston, 1st Test - day 2

23 SUN West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston, 1st Test - day 3

24 MON West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston, 1st Test - day 4

25 TUE West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston, 1st Test - day 5

30 SUN West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, 2nd Test - day 1

MAY 2017

1 MON West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, 2nd Test - day 2

2 TUE West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, 2nd Test - day 3

3 WED West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, 2nd Test - day 4

4 THU West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, 2nd Test - day 5

5 FRI England v Ireland at Bristol, 1st ODI

7 SUN England v Ireland at Lord's, 2nd ODI

10 WED West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, 3rd Test - day 1

11 THU West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, 3rd Test - day 2

12 FRI West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, 3rd Test - day 3
Ireland v Bangladesh at Dublin (Malahide), 1st Match

13 SAT West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, 3rd Test - day 4

14 SUN West Indies v Pakistan at Roseau, 3rd Test - day 5
Ireland v New Zealand at Dublin (Malahide), 2nd Match

17 WED Bangladesh v New Zealand at Dublin, 3rd Match

19 FRI Ireland v Bangladesh at Dublin (Malahide), 4th Match

21 SUN Ireland v New Zealand at Dublin (Malahide), 5th Match

 

NZ vs SA continues but not much more...

It is a quiet time compared to normal on the international front, but there is still games happening to tick your viewing addiction over. There is just not as many matches as in recent months as we come to a small break around the globe as we hit spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the south. Here is what is coming up next then.     

With New Zealand's third and final home Test Match coming up against South Africa with them needing a win. After a draw and a loss so far they need to perform to finish the series all level. After that there is just a few T20 and ODI's between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, plus Pakistan in the West Indies.

MARCH 2017

24 FRI Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, 5th ODI

25 SAT New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, 3rd Test - day 1
India v Australia at Dharamsala, 4th Test - day 1
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Dambulla, 1st ODI (day/night)

26 SUN New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, 3rd Test - day 2
India v Australia at Dharamsala, 4th Test - day 2
West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, 1st T20I

27 MON New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, 3rd Test - day 3
India v Australia at Dharamsala, 4th Test - day 3

28 TUE New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, 3rd Test - day 4
India v Australia at Dharamsala, 4th Test - day 4
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Dambulla, 2nd ODI (day/night)

29 WED New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, 3rd Test - day 5
India v Australia at Dharamsala, 4th Test - day 5

30 THU West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, 2nd T20I

APRIL 2017

1 SAT Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (SSC), 3rd ODI
West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, 3rd T20I

2 SUN West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, 4th T20I

4 TUE Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), 1st T20I (night)

6 THU Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), 2nd T20I (night)

7 FRI West Indies v Pakistan at Providence, 1st ODI

9 SUN West Indies v Pakistan at Providence, 2nd ODI

11 TUE West Indies v Pakistan at Providence, 3rd ODI

Then there is no International Cricket Fixtures around the globe until Friday 21st April when Pakistan head to the West Indies for their three Test Series.

Australia in India Test Series plus much more

I hope you're all still doing good and enjoying as much cricket as you can. As mentioned last month, as well as our 6th of each month regular article, we'll be publishing all the upcoming international fixtures. That way we have something different to add to our ever growing site and you yourselves have a quick reference to see the fixtures.     

This months feature was a review of England's pretty awful tour of India along with all the goings on, off the field. In January it was good to see Afghanistan continue their ever growing reputation with a win in the inaugural Desert T20 2017 Challenge in the UAE. They beat Ireland easily in the final in the end but throughout the tournament there was some really good games and I think it was a success.

Onto the remainder of this month and the start of March then. With the stand out fixture of course being the Australians travelling to India for what should be a fantastic Test Series. That actually started today in Pune and will continue on into March. Not to be missed either if you can catch some of the games is the ODI series between New Zealand and South Africa, I'm hoping for some big hitting and big scoring is those games.

FEBRUARY 2017

23 THU India v Australia at Pune, 1st Test - day 1

24 FRI India v Australia at Pune, 1st Test - day 2
Afghanistan in Zimbabwe ODI Series, 2016/17
Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare, 4th ODI

25 SAT India v Australia at Pune, 1st Test - day 3
South Africa in New Zealand ODI Series, 2016/17
New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, 3rd ODI (day/night)

26 SUN India v Australia at Pune, 1st Test - day 4
Afghanistan in Zimbabwe ODI Series, 2016/17
Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare, 5th ODI

27 MON India v Australia at Pune, 1st Test - day 5

MARCH 2017

1 WED New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, 4th ODI (day/night)

2 THU United Arab Emirates v Ireland at , 1st ODI

3 FRI West Indies v England at North Sound, 1st ODI

4 SAT New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, 5th ODI (day/night)
India v Australia at Bangalore, 2nd Test - day 1
United Arab Emirates v Ireland at , 2nd ODI

5 SUN India v Australia at Bangalore, 2nd Test - day 2
West Indies v England at North Sound, 2nd ODI

6 MON India v Australia at Bangalore, 2nd Test - day 3

7 TUE India v Australia at Bangalore, 2nd Test - day 4
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle, 1st Test - day 1

8 WED India v Australia at Bangalore, 2nd Test - day 5
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle, 1st Test - day 2
New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, 1st Test - day 1
Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, 1st T20I

9 THU Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle, 1st Test - day 3
New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, 1st Test - day 2
West Indies v England at Bridgetown, 3rd ODI

10 FRI Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle, 1st Test - day 4
New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, 1st Test - day 3
Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, 2nd T20I

11 SAT Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle, 1st Test - day 5
New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, 1st Test - day 4

12 SUN New Zealand v South Africa at Dunedin, 1st Test - day 5
Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, 3rd T20I
 

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