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Cricket says “Thank you NHS”

Despite rain stopping play it was great to see England’s cricket test team back in action yesterday and we are looking forward to seeing the competition resume between the West Indies and England.

A great touch was that on the training kits for the England players the names of NHS staff were printed as a thank you to all of the key workers that have gone over and above during the pandemic.

Ben Stokes is deputising as captain because usual captain Joe Root’s wife is due to give birth and with the players all being kept in a bubble he decided not to play. However he did say:

 “We want to take the time to honour the brave key workers who went into bat for their country under the toughest circumstances. It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to ‘raise a bat’ in their honour”

England will honour key workers who have helped during the coronavirus pandemic by wearing their names on their training shirts during the #raisethebat Test series against West Indies.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that the three-game series – being held behind closed doors at The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford due to the coronavirus pandemic – will be named #raisethebat as a tribute to those cricketing heroes on the frontline.

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ENGLAND ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!

Yesterday, one of the greatest ever games of sport took place. England played New Zealand at Lords in the World Cup Final, and to say that it was exciting is certainly an understatement.

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first, they set a total of 241. Some excellent bowling from Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett kept their score relatively low on a difficult pitch.

England started poorly losing a number of quick wickets before Jos Butler and Ben Stokes set about fixing the damage, a great partnership led to England needing 15 runs off the last over to win. Step up Ben Stokes who hit 14 off the last over to take the game to a Super Over!!!!!

Ben Stokes and Jos Butler got 15 for England in their super over. Jofra Archer was then given the pressure of bowling England’s over. A 24 year old with limited international experience stepped up and delivered winning the game in a nail bitting ending. Cricket does not get better than this.

Both cricket and non cricket fans got behind their country and were treated to one of the greatest cricket matches ever to be played!!!

The country, if not already, has fallen in love with the beautiful game!

Congratulations England!

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Is Cricket Coming Home?

On Thursday (11th July) England came up against Australia in the Cricket World Cup Semi Final.

Apart from losing the toss and getting asked to bowl first, everything else went England’s way. From Jofra Archer taking a wicket with his first ball followed by Chris Woakes getting David Warner to snick off in his second over through to Australia losing all their wickets before the 50 overs were up. England bowled superbly to a plan and apart from Steve Smith putting up some resistance Australia never looked like they were going to put on a respectable score.

England then went out to bat and batted as they have done over most of the last year or two, aggressive and destructive destroying the Australian opening bowlers. England never looked in doubt chasing Australias score of 223. Jason Roy top scored for England with 85.

England are now playing in the World Cup Final against New Zealand on Sunday (14th July). The game is being shown on Sky and Channel 4 with the first ball being bowled at 10:30am.

Is it possible that cricket is coming home? Banana Crumble certainly hope so and will be cheering the team on.

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Banana Chat – meet Ahmed Khawaja

Hello, my name is Ahmed Khawaja. I am a very hard working person, always believe in myself and believe that we can achieve anything in life if we work hard because there is no short cuts in life to success. I love to keep fit, that is why I go to the gym and train hard. My hobbies include playing cricket, watching drama series, and the gym.

What is your favourite joke?
I can’t remember any

What makes you smile?
Seeing other people happy

What is your favourite good news story?
My favourite good news story is when I became the best batsman in the entire Essex Cricket League in the 2009 Season when I scored over 1000 league runs.

What inspires you?
When I see people working hard and achieving their goals. 

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
I would make this world just, because I see a lot of injustice in this world every day.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
If I had one superpower, I would want to read people’s minds and make sure not to offend them because I would know what offends them by reading their minds.

What is your favourite food?
Lentil and rice

What is your favourite drink? 
Water

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
I would always take my laptop with me on holiday even though it is not a luxury item these days.

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
If I could make a law, I would make travelling the whole world without a visa because I believe that God has made this world without any boundaries for us to explore and we shouldn’t have to go to embassies to apply for a visa to travel to different countries.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know? 
I fart a lot

 What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Actions speak louder than words

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
If I could, I would like to promote strict laws against child labour in third world countries because I believe that children are the future of any country, and they should be studying rather than working at a young age .

Who is your favourite music artist?
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most? 
Myself

PJ’s or Not?   

Hot or cold?   Hot

Cat or dog?  Cat

Blue or pink?   Blue

Tea or Coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or half full? Half Full

PJ’s or Not?   PJ’s

Night out or night in? Depends who with

Pizza or pasta?  Pasta

Biscuits or cake? Biscuits

Wine or beer?  None

Football or rugby? Rugby

Cinema or theatre?  Cinema

Gym or TV?   Gym

Naughty or nice?  Naughty

Silver or gold? Silver

Tent or hotel?  Hotel

Bath or shower?  Shower

Starter or pudding? Pudding

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Love Island

Finally, apple or banana?  Banana

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The Cricket World Cup Begins!!!

Today marks the start of the Cricket World Cup as hosts England take on South Africa in the first game of the tournament at The Kia Oval. England start as favourites with home advantage and also being ranked as the World Number one team. England will face stiff competition along the way from India, Australia and the West Indies to name but a few.

The competition takes place between the 30th May and 14th July as 9 teams battle head to head in a league style tournament followed by the top 4 going into a semi final and final respectively with the final to be held on the 14th July at Lords.

Some of the worlds best players such as Joe Root, Steve Smith, Virat Kholi, Adil Rashid and Trent Bolt among the many.

A fantastic event which will hopefully be all the better for some nice weather and plenty of runs and wickets.

Will we see the first ever 500 plus innings scored in international one day cricket?!

Enjoy and good luck England!!!

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Another test one hundred – certainly Good News!

As the final series of England’s test summer has come to an end we wanted to take a look back at the retiring England Legend that is Alastair Cook. Before the final test Cook announced that he would be retiring from the International Game and he certainly did it in style. In fitting tribute the Indian team formed a Guard of Honour as Cook walked out to bat.

The man nicknamed “Chef ” cooked up a storm for England scoring 147 in his final innings. A man who has struggled for runs of late, showed just how good a batsmen he still is. He is England’s record run scorer and here are some other statistics that prove what a legend he really is. Going forward, not many, if any, will be able to out shine these remarkable achievements.

The highest scoring left handed batsmen with 12472 runs

The fifth highest test run scorer of all time.

A record breaking 158 consecutive test matches

33 tons

57 half centuries

The highest ever English run scorer.

And only the 5th man to score a century in his first and last game in test cricket. 

After a fantastic career, many are saying he has bowed out too early, but the man himself has said “No, the time is right for me and my family”.

All we can say is “Thank you Chef, the greatest England Batsmen of all time and probably a man impossible to replace”.

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Banana Chat – Meet Josh Perry

Hello my name is Josh Perry and I am an accounting student from Surrey University. I am lucky enough to be the Wicket Keeper for my University cricket team and for my local club OSSCC. Since a young age I have loved cricket, coaching cricket and trying to transfer my knowledge onto those younger than me. I am looking to follow my Dad’s footsteps after Uni and work in Accountancy in London.
What is your favourite joke?
Life’s like a box of chocolates. Doesn’t last as long if you’re fat
What makes you smile?
Not a lot but seeing chief banana always puts a smile on my face
What is your favourite good news story?
Can’t name one but anything with an animal – I have a particular soft spot for anything bird related
What inspires you?
Seeing people succeed when the odds are stacked against them
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Brexit
If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Invisibility – the possibilities are endless
What is your favourite food?
Love a Chinese
What is your favourite drink?
Any spoons pitcher – particular soft spot for Sex on the Beach
If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
Probably my phone
If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Re-take a driving test every 10 years
Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I know every flag of the world
 What is your favourite phrase or saying?
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
I’d like to big up Banana Crumble and @StagsCricket
Who is your favourite music artist?
Dave
Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My Dad
PJ’s or Not? 
Hot or cold? Steaming hot
Cat or dog? Cat
Blue or pink? Real men wear pink 
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Glass half-empty or half full? Full
PJ’s or Not? Absolutely not
Night out or night in? Night out (with the boys)
Pizza or pasta? Pizza
Biscuits or cake? Both
Wine or beer? Neither
Football or rugby? Cricket
Cinema or theatre? Cinema
Gym or TV?  Cricket
Naughty or nice? Naughty
Silver or gold? Gold
Tent or hotel? Hotel
Bath or shower? Shower
Starter or pudding? Starter
Sheets or duvet? Duvet
Love Island or Game of Thrones? GOT
Finally, apple or banana? BANANA BABY

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England, the best ODI cricket team in the World….

As a cricket fan there is nothing better than watching England playing ODI cricket at the moment. They play with power, pace and precision. England’s current crop of players are top of the world rankings ahead of India and, after beating the latter in their most recent series, you can see why.

This year England have set the highest ever ODI score by reaching 481-6, a truly remarkable score, but when England captain Eoin Morgan was asked about the score he simply stated he was disappointed they did not reach 500. This just shows the mindset of the current England white ball cricket team.

They have the power of Jason Roy and Jos Butler combined with the finesse of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. Not to mention a bowling attack that features the likes of Adil Rashid, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett.

With the ODI World Cup set to take place in England and Wales in 2019, is this England team reaching its prime just in time or getting ready far too early?!

Let us know what you think England’s chances are next year…

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Banana Chat – meet Georgia Holdaway

Hello, my name in Georgia Holdaway and I am 22 years old and from Essex. I have two main passions in life (apart from my Fiancé), which are Football and Cricket. I started playing Football at 6 and am currently playing for Brentwood Town Ladies. I play cricket for OSSCC and was the First Lady to ever represent the club at a junior and senior level.

What is your favourite joke?
Why did the one handed man cross the road? To get to the second hand shop.

What makes you smile?
Food.

What is your favourite good news story?
Any thing involving dogs being saved

What inspires you?
My amazing Fiancé 

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
That bad things don’t happen to good people 

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
I’d like to be able to run fast. I’d be a much better footballer 

What is your favourite food?
I’m not sure I can answer that. Too difficult! 

What is your favourite drink?
A good cup of tea! 

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My cuddly toy dog, George

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
3 day weekends are compulsory

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I sang a solo in my school nativity play in year 2. I was the brightest star 💫

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Is it Friday yet?!

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
My football Team Brentwood Town. We are trying to raise money for a new training and match day kit. Please click here if you would like to donate.

Who is your favourite music artist?
Don’t really have one. If I like a song, I like a song 

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
Has to be my Mum.

PJ’s or Not? 

Hot or cold? Hot

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Pink

Tea or Coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or half full? Half full

Pyjamas or not? Not

Night out or night in? Night in

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake? Cake

Wine or beer? Wine

Football or rugby? Football 

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV?  TV

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Silver

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Love Island 

Finally, apple or banana? Of course Banana

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Banana Chat – meet Brad Power

Hello, my name is Brad Power and I’m from Kyabram, Australia. However I’m currently living and working in Edinburgh as a cricket coach. I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelor of Sports Development and love all things sport!

What is your favourite joke?
There’s one about a frog named Kermit Jagger, that is way too long to type up here but it gets me every time.

What makes you smile? 
Plenty of things! Would have to say spending time with friends would be when I’m at my happiest.

What is your favourite good news story?
Anytime I hear that my Aussie Rules team back home has won a game

What inspires you? 
Whenever someone achieves something against the odds. I love a good underdog story.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
The distance between Australia and every other country, takes too long to go anywhere!

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Super strength, just think it’s the best power to have.

What is your favourite food? 
Pizza for sure

What is your favourite drink? 
Scotch and coke! But not too fussy on what I drink

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home? 
Definitely my phone

If you could make one law, what would it be and why? 
Free Parking!

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know? 
I love numbers and statistics, especially when it comes to sport. Can turn into a huge nerd!

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 
It is what it is

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
Freeze MND (Motor Neuron Disease), great cause with an extremely inspirational leader behind it all. 

Who is your favourite music artist?
Such a hard question to answer, probably changes every couple of weeks. At the moment I would probably go with Bruno Mars.

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
They say that the 5-6 people you spend the most time around make you who you are so I’d have to say my parents and then closest friends have had the greatest impact on my life.

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Hot

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half-empty 

Pyjamas or not? Not

Night out or night in? Night in

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake? Cake

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby? Football

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? TV!!

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Bath

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones 

Finally, apple or banana?  Banana of course