‘People Just do Nothing’ star Chabuddy G has been getting a flavour of cricket from some of the sport’s most passionate fans ahead of the highly-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which takes place across England and Wales next summer.
The comedian, taking on the cricket-inspired name ‘Chabuddy CWC’, has been enlisted as the Official Guide to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and tasked to learn more about the game he claims to love from cricketing legends, personalities and fans.
Having swapped the traditional cricket whites and spikes for a modern one-day international look featuring leopard print detailing and smart black brogues – an outfit designed by Chabuddy CWC himself – he went to meet some of the sport’s most passionate fans, including members of England’s Barmy Army and their Indian counterparts, The Bharat Army, to learn more about the drama and excitement off the pitch.
The release of the film, starring the self-proclaimed ‘cricket connoisseur’, follows the opening of the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot, where fans have the opportunity to register for tickets to watch a total of 48 matches taking place across England and Wales’ most iconic cricket venues.
Another two films, which are due to be released later this month, will see Chabuddy CWC learn about the rules and nuances of cricket from individuals, including legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird and Sky Sports commentating maestro David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.
Talking about his role as Official Guide to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Chabuddy CWC said: “I love loads of sports. I like a bit of kicky ball, I like the punchy man, I like golf, but there’s one sport which stays true in my heart, and that’s cricket. Now I know the football’s not coming home, but the cricket is, and your buddy Chabuddy is going to be your guide. The music, the singing, the costumes. The fans are what make cricket the best day out. Tickets for next year will be like an endangered species, so enter the ballot now. Howzat!”
Rachel Frazer, Head of Communications for The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England & Wales, said: “It’s been brilliant to work with Chabuddy G on this fresh and exciting campaign, which will help drive engagement and awareness of next summer’s tournament with a new non-cricket audience. The Public Ballot offers fans the chance to be at the heart of a great celebration of cricket, and we know they will create an exceptional atmosphere at each of the 11 ICC Cricket World Cup venues across England and Wales.”
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be held in England and Wales between 30 May – 14 July 2019. Host nation England will open the tournament at The Oval on 30 May when they take on South Africa, while reigning champions Australia start their title defence on 1 June against Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol. The World Cup will conclude when the final takes place at Lord’s on Sunday 14 July.
To apply for tickets in the Public Ballot, applicants must register an account via the Official Cricket World Cup Ticketing website:http://tickets.cricketworldcup.com
In episode 24 we talk with cricket legend and World Cup (2009) winner Ebony Rainford-Brent. We discuss how she’s navigated the ups and downs of her career and how she’s constantly seeking out new opportunities to grow and develop within and beyond cricket.
Ebony is a former English cricketer, who was the first black woman to play for the England team and also captained the Surrey Women’s team. Since retiring from cricket, Ebony has gone on to become the first Director of Women’s Cricket at Surrey County Cricket Club; pundit and broadcaster for the BBC flagship radio programme Test Match Special (she is one of the first female expert summarisers to commentate on men’s international cricket matches); and is also a Motivational Speaker and hosts ‘The Art of Success’ a fortnightly motivational podcast.
Ebony was a member of the England Team that won the 9th ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Sydney 2009. In the three months following their World Cup win, the team went on to win: the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, the Natwest One Day series and retained the Ashes.
Visit her website here.
Cricket legend Darren Gough joined die-hard cricket fans from across London for a traditional British breakfast and a pint of Greene King IPA to celebrate the start of the second test of The Ashes.
Twenty worthy cricket fans were given the opportunity of a lifetime by Greene King IPA, the official beer of England Cricket and The Barmy Army, to watch live the first day of the second test match alongside the former England cricketer Darren Gough in an exclusive money can’t buy experience.
The fans were brought together, having been nominated by their loved ones, via a Greene King IPA social media competition. Darren gave his fellow cricket fans his insight into the match as well as stories from his experience of playing world class cricket.
The Globe pub on Marylebone Street was fully equipped with an abundance of England cricket memorabilia in full support of our boys in Australia. The Barmy Army contributed heavily to the dulcet tones of the England chants and some stray Australians managed to infiltrate the breakfast menu with a selection of Aussie snacks.
Darren Gough Said, “As a former England cricketer, I love being at the centre of the action with the fans. It’s great to be here today with Greene King IPA, sharing the experience of the Ashes second test with some true Supporters of England Cricket. Best of luck to England under the lights and let’s even up the series!”
We’ve teamed up with Lord’s Cricket Ground to offer you the chance to win two tickets to see Middlesex play Essex on 27th July.
Which county cricket club is based at Lord’s Cricket Ground?
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Lord’s Cricket Ground will be the place to be again this summer as it hosts four NatWest T20 Blast matches on Thursday nights throughout July and August.
Always an action-packed evening, it is the perfect after-work event for London sports fans or for those simply looking to enjoy a night out with friends or family.
Located in St John’s Wood, Lord’s is a stone’s throw away from central London and just 20 minutes on the Jubilee Line from Canary Wharf.
There promises to be a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of entertainment both on and off the pitch.
The NatWest T20 Blast fixtures at Lord’s this summer are:
Thursday 27th July, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Essex
Thursday 3rd August, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Hampshire (Family Night)
Thursday 10th August, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Sussex
Even if you’re not our lucky winner, with adult tickets just £20 and under-16s only £5, what better way to spend a summer evening than at the Home of Cricket?
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit lords.org/t20.
Middlesex’s firing power put on a fierce display at Lord’s yesterday afternoon as big hitters Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan and John Simpson attempted to hit a cricket ball over the roof of the iconic Pavilion, to celebrate the start of the four Middlesex NatWest T20 Blast fixtures taking place at Lord’s this summer.
In preparation for their clash with Surrey at Lord’s tonight, the players attempted to replicate a feat first achieved by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)’s Albert Trott in an 1899 fixture against Australia. Trott’s hit off the bowling of Monty Noble soared over the roof of the Pavilion and landed in the garden of number six, Grove End Road.
Trott’s 118 year-old record remains intact but sixes rained down on the Pavilion roof and clattered into the upper balcony, with many going close to re-creating the extraordinary record.
Other NatWest T20 Blast stars to step up to the wicket to give the estimated 120-metre hit a go included: Tim Southee, James Fuller and Tom Helm.
Speaking afterwards Brendon McCullum commented: “We hit some massive sixes and although we didn’t quite replicate the hit over the Pavilion, this really shows the strength of our team. It proved to be great practice for our upcoming T20 Blast campaign and now we’re ready for the task against Surrey!”
Middlesex’s batsmen will now certainly be prepared to put on a show of big hitting cricket as they take on Surrey in tonight’s eagerly anticipated ‘London Derby’. While tickets for this evening’s clash with Surrey are sold out, there are three other opportunities this summer to catch a Thursday evening of exciting cricket action, with a cracking atmosphere to match, at one of London’s most iconic sporting venues.
With adult tickets just £20 and under-16s only £5, it’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an evening at the Home of Cricket.
The NatWest T20 Blast fixtures at Lord’s this summer are:
Thursday 13th July, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Surrey
Thursday 27th July, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Essex
Thursday 3rd August, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Hampshire (Family Night)
Thursday 10th August, 6.15pm
Middlesex v Sussex
Sky Sports will broadcast all 31 games of the women’s tournament, including England’s seven group games live on TV.
In partnership with the ICC, Sky Sports will broadcast all 31 fixtures from this summer’s World Cup for the very first time. The matches will be available on TV or across Sky Sports platforms such as skysports.com and the mobile and iPad app, making Sky the first UK broadcaster to show every game of an ICC Women’s World Cup.
Sky Sports will televise all of England’s group games live on Sky Sports Mix, meaning all Sky TV customers will be able to enjoy the excitement and drama of every ball, as England look to reclaim the trophy that they last won in 2009.
Viewers will also be able to follow all eight international teams throughout the tournament as they compete to become World Champions, with live coverage of every game available on Sky platforms including the semis and the final. Ex-England Captain Charlotte Edwards will join Isa Guha in the studio for the final at Lord’s to bring viewers all the action as it unfolds.
Bryan Henderson, Sky Sports Head of Cricket, commented: “Sky’s commitment to show every ball of the ICC Women’s World Cup gives the tournament the platform it deserves, enabling our viewers to get behind their team like never before and cheer on England as the home nation. We hope our coverage of the tournament will inspire the next generation of cricketers and encourage women of all ages to pick up a bat. It will certainly be a summer of cricket to remember!”
This is the first time that any UK television broadcaster has provided full coverage of an ICC Women’s World Cup. Sky is providing viewers with the opportunity to follow every over from all eight countries taking part, bringing the very best of women’s cricket to screen.
ICC ‘s Head of Broadcast, Aarti Dabas, said: “The ICC is committed to accelerating the global growth of women’s cricket and our unprecedented broadcast plans for the ICC Women’s World Cup, producing live coverage of all 31 games for the first ever time, is a crucial part of that. Sky is an important broadcast partner of the ICC and our shared ambition for the women’s game means more fans than ever before can watch this event.”
Following the excitement of the ICC Women’s World Cup, cricket fans can also look forward to live coverage of the 2017 Kia Super League which will be broadcast on Sky Sports for the first time this summer. Sky will also broadcast England men’s Test matches against South Africa and the West Indies, as well as the NatWest T20 Blast, Royal London Cup and the County Championship. Viewers will be able to follow Sky Sports’ live coverage alongside regular commentators such as Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and David Lloyd. Big names from the England women’s team will also be joining the Sky commentary team throughout the summer.
Sky’s coverage of both the ICC Women’s World Cup and the Kia Super League adds to an unrivalled schedule of women’s sport on Sky. In addition to the cricket, Sky Sports also offers viewers live coverage of women’s golf from the LPGA tour with all five majors for the first time including the British Open and the Solheim Cup, international and Superleague Netball and action from England Rugby’s Red Roses.
All of England’s group matches from the ICC Women’s World Cup on Sky Sports will also be available to purchase on NOW TV. Fans will be able to follow Heather Knight’s team for just £6.99 per game or £10.99 for a Sky Sports week pass.
ICC Women’s World Cup – Sky Sports live televised games
Saturday 24 June
10:00 England v India (Sky Sports 2 & Sky Sports Mix)
Tuesday 27 June
10:00 England v Pakistan (Sky Sports 2 & Sky Sports Mix)
Wednesday 28 June
10:00 South Africa v New Zealand (Sky Sports 2 & Sky Sports Mix)
Sunday 2 July
10:00 England v Sri Lanka (Sky Sports 1 & Sky Sports Mix)
10:00 India v Pakistan (Sky Sports 2)
Wednesday 5 July
10:00 England v South Africa (Sky Sports 1 & Sky Sports Mix)
10:00 Sri Lanka v India (Sky Sports 2)
Sunday 9 July
10:00 England v Australia (Sky Sports 3 & Sky Sports Mix)
Wednesday 12 July
10:00 England v New Zealand (Sky Sports 1 & Sky Sports Mix)
10:00 Australia v India (Sky Sports 2)
Saturday 15 July
10:00 England v West Indies (Sky Sports 2 & Sky Sports Mix)
Tuesday 18 July
10:00 Semi Final 1 (Sky Sports 4 & Sky Sports Mix)
Thursday 20 July
10:00 Semi Final 2 (Sky Sports 4 & Sky Sports Mix)
Sunday 23 July
10:00 Final (Sky Sports 4 & Sky Sports Mix)
*All fixtures, times and TX details correct at time of release
Grappenhall made it four games in the Cheshire County League Premier Division in a high-scoring game against Bramhall that went down to the wire.
With skipper Adam Roylance injured, bowler Sam Guest took over captaincy duties and invited the visitors to bat first having won the toss at Broad Lane.
Guest opened the bowling himself and dismissed both Bramhall openers early as Grappers made a good start to the game.
The visitors rebuilt thanks largely to a century from Daniel Lamb, but the hosts kept things tight and the score was 140-3 after 43 overs.
However, Iftikhar Naseer smashed 76 from just 35 balls to lead Bramhall to an imposing 268-7.
Guest and Owen Lynch both took three scalps, with Gaz Burns taking the other wicket to fall.
With the bat, Grappers recovered from the early loss of James McCoy as Pete Barnes and Ben Bodha put on a solid partnership for the second wicket.
After Bodha had retired injured, Barnes carried on to reach 72, while Luke McCoy hit a quickfire 48 in support.
Burns also smashed 39 from 28 deliveries and Bodha was able to come back in, but wickets fell regularly to leave wicketkeeper Dan Osborne and Albert Pennington, the two youngest players in the side, at the crease.
Needing seven from the last over, Osborne hit two boundaries to secure a three-wicket victory for Grappers, who sit seventh in the table ahead of a double header this weekend.
They travel to Nantwich, the side directly above them on Saturday, before turning their attention to the Cheshire Cup on Sunday with a trip to Chester Boughton Hall.
The seconds were comfortable victors at Bramhall on Saturday thanks in no small part to a superb bowling performance.
On a slow wicket that did not provide the Grappers attack with much assistance, opening bowlers Ross Arrowsmith and Josh Hayes grafted away in the heat and were eventually rewarded The pair did the majority of damage as Bramhall were dismissed for just 94, with Arrowsmith finishing with 5-20 and Hayes taking 4-36.
Steve Rooney picked up the other Bramhall wicket as Grappers were set a simple run chase.
Hayes and Will Sharp opened the batting and put on 39 before Sharp’s dismissal, which was followed by both Iain Wright and James Jenkinson falling cheaply.
However, Dave Tully joined Hayes to steady the ship and when the latter fell for 33, the former remained unbeaten on 23 at the end as Grappers won by a comfortable, six-wicket margin.
The thirds lost ground in their title push as they were comprehensively beaten by table-topping Sale.
Grappers lost wickets regularly batting first, with skipper David Seed’s 26 being the top score as they closed their innings on 160-9 from 45 overs.
Sale’s openers got them off to a flying start and put them on course for victory before Grappers’ bowlers briefly applied the breaks.
Seed and Akshat Pranesh took a wicket each, with another falling to a run-out, but Sale reached their target with no further loss of wickets.
The seconds host Warrington on Saturday, while the thirds visit Alderley Edge on Sunday.
Check the match report from Grappers – http://www.grappers.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116&Itemid=88
Robot Wars host, Stargazing Live presenter and star of Mock the Week, comedian Dara Ó Briain has added cricket commentator to his ever-growing portfolio of professional accolades to launch the upcoming Royal London ODI Series between England and Ireland.
The first documented game between England and Ireland dates back to 1855, in which Ireland won by 107 runs. But May will mark a historic date in the cricket calendar as England and Ireland play their first ever ODI match on English soil.
In a two-match Royal London ODI Series, England and Ireland will lock horns at The Brightside Ground, Bristol, on the 5th of May with the teams meeting two days later at Lord’s Cricket Ground on the 7th May in what is set to be a historic series of all-action cricket and all-round entertainment.
Ó Briain took to the commentary booth at Lord’s Cricket Ground to provide a comedian’s interpretation on match footage from the last completed match between England and Ireland back in 2013.
Playing on the misconception that the Irish may not be as familiar with some of the cricketing subtleties, Ó Briain takes full advantage of his free rein on the microphone to give his tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the action, including a variety of big hits, fielding blunders and umpiring signals.
The archive match footage sees unbeaten centuries from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara take England to a six-wicket win over Ireland in Dublin. For Ó Briain however, the match should have had a more poetic conclusion from an Irish perspective.
“Did you bring me here to show me Ireland losing?”
“I had a whole ‘Theresa May your boys took a hell of a beating’ speech planned, you can’t do that about Ireland. I am not sure ‘Graham Norton, Bono, Jedward, that fat bloke from Robot Wars your boys took a hell of beating’ works as well.”
After deliberation with the producer, Ó Briain succeeds in his quest to switch the match footage to Ireland’s three-wicket victory over the English at the 2011 Cricket World Cup – one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game.
“We so rarely get the opportunity to cheer for Ireland on an international sporting stage that the whole country will be 100% behind the boys in green,” said Ó Briain, who was born in Bray, County Wicklow.
“Being the most impressive fans possible has almost become a second favourite sport for the Irish. I remember at Euro 2016 where Irish people were replacing tyres on broken down vehicles, helping old ladies cross the street and singing lullabies on the Metro. It seemed as though uploading the most charming fan videos was more important than the results. Our reputation precedes us leading up to any sporting occasion. You’re not going to get lairy behaviour from Irish fans, just a lot of fun.”
As a self-proclaimed GAA fan and hurling fanatic, Ó Briain even found time to grace the hallowed Lord’s turf to showcase his hurling skills – and created a slapstick comedy moment involving a sliotar and an unwitting cricket photographer!
“I am not surprised that some of the big hitters in cricket have a background in hurling,” said Ó Briain, who once played hurling for his school, Coláiste Naomh Eoin, at Croke Park.
“For me, it’s not just because of the grip but more because you have the freedom to hit big in hurling without worrying about protecting a wicket. That’s what you’re taught learning the sport so it’s just a matter of changing the technique for cricket which many players have done to great effect.”
And what of Ireland’s chances of beating England at cricket?
“Oh we’ll hammer them. We will get 409 and they’ll get 12,” Ó Briain predicts.
“No to be fair I think it will be a pretty even series. I expect England to win the match at Bristol and then come to the second match at Lord’s slightly cocky. At the Home of Cricket, I think Ireland will post a huge score and then cleverly declare the game over.”
Tickets to watch England v Ireland at The Brightside Ground, Bristol (5th May 2017) and Lord’s Cricket Ground (7th May 2017) are available to purchase at www.gloscricket.co.uk/tickets/ and www.lords.org/ireland
Lydia Greenway is a retired English cricketer with four Ashes wins and two World Cups to her name. Having retired this summer, Lydia made her England debut in the first Women’s Ashes Test of the 2003 tour to Australia and went on to represent her country a further 224 times, scoring over 4,000 international runs and taking a total of 121 international catches, over a 13-year span.
Now the coach and Director of her own coaching company ‘Cricket for Girls’, Lydia works hard at promoting the game of cricket and encouraging more women to become coaches of the game.
On Wednesday 14th December 2016, Lydia hosted a twitter Q&A as part of #womenswednesday in partnership with Project 500…here are some of the questions she received along with her answers…
Q: Do u think here will ever be an England female head coach – and would you like to be?
A: there is no reason why there couldn’t be a female head coach As for me I’ve still got a lot to learn!
Q: What did you learn from the coaching you had as a player? Good or Bad?
A: how important it is for coaches to understand the players, the good ones realize what makes individual players tick
Q: Great point, more important than the technical and tactical knowledge then?
A: I think good technical and tactical knowledge creates the foundations, & understanding the players makes for better coaches
Q: in your opinion what makes a “good” coach a “great” coach?
A: to understand their own game as soon as possible and learn to filter or keep info that helps them from coaches
Q: In your opinion what makes a “good” coach a “great” coach?
A: coaches who are able to help build mental toughness and resiliant players as well helping build confidence
Q: Why did you choose to become a coach? Did you see it as a natural step beyond your impressive playing career?
A: to be honest I was unsure of what I wanted to do. Having had a bit of time it now feels the most natural step
Q: Can you share your favourite quote or piece of advice that helped you most?
A: I really like “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right”
Source and imagery – https://femalecoachingnetwork.com/2016/12/16/qa-lydia-greenway/