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Yorkshire Phoenix Blast Away The Steelbacks

Friday 13th was the day I went to watch my first live 20/20 cricket match. Not one for the cricket purists, 20/20 cricket is designed for those who enjoy attacking cricket. The promise of big shots, high risks and fast ticking score boards it certainly promised to be entertaining. The game was between my local side and defending champions the Northampton Steelbacks and my home team the Yorkshire Phoenix. As soon as I got into the ground my Yorkshire roots took control and there was nothing stopping me from cheering on Yorkshire.
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The atmosphere was good and before the game started we walked down to the end where Yorkshire were preparing and spoke to a couple of our players. Had it not been for someone’s inability to take a photo correctly, I would have had my photo taken with Ryan Sidebottom who is one of my favourite Yorkshire players. I am still hopeful that another opportunity will present itself before it’s too late. Disappointment aside, I was very much looking forward to the game.

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Yorkshire batted first and after losing 3 early wickets, a 90 run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth saw The Vikings post an impressive 181-3 off their 20 overs. Some lovely bit hits saw the crowd subdued and me going crazy applauding each one with as much enthusiasm as the last. It was at this moment I realised there was probably only a handful of Yorkshire supporters in the ground.

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Northampton needed to start fast and despite also losing 3 wickets early their South African batsman Levi was in fine form. He hit numerous boundaries including a couple of long sixes before a breathtaking catch deep on the boundary by Lyth ended his innings and with it Northampton’s chances of chasing down the runs needed. Rightly applauded for his 76, the Steelbacks regularly lost wickets and fell short on 165-9.

It was a fantastic nights entertainment which looked visually stunning in the dark under the floodlights. I was extremely happy and it showed what a fantastic effort it was by the Vikings. I will be back again for sure!!

DarcyB

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How many teams can one support?

Tonight I’ve been thinking about something that takes up a large proportion of my time everyday, sport. I am a sports fan, I love following different types of sport which in turn results in supporting different teams.

Everyday it starts the same. I will switch on my Bat 2013 Application just as my alarm goes to check how the Boston Red Sox are doing. It gives me a kick start or a knock back depending on the result. I won’t lie but this usually influences my mood during my car trip into work.

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When I went to Australia and spent 2008 there, I watched Australian Rules Football. I didn’t just go to one game, no not me, I went to all their games and bought a Season Ticket. I went to training sessions, visited their ground and met the President and Trophy Rooms. I didn’t just want to be a bit involved, I wanted to make that team my own. For those wondering who I’m talking about, I chose the Carlton Blues. Because of this I find myself watching their games each weekend at the crack of dawn due to the time difference in Victoria, Australia.

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I also love Cricket, I watch England play and saw England lift The Ashes in 2005. I follow Yorkshire and will always follow their scores be it, County Cricket, 40 Overs or Twenty Twenty Forms of the game.

I am a Rugby Fan of both forms, Union and League. I will go to Headingly and watch the Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie play. I will always watch their games on Sky Sports and follow the team news online. When I travelled to Bath this year I even went to the Bath v Leicester Game and had my photo taken on their pitch. I am a nut, I have to be involved and be part of the team.

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This leads me finally to Football, my number one love. I am a massive Leeds United fan thanks to my Dad. I’ve been a fan since 1989 and have so many fond and not so fond memories of the Whites. I’ve been to so many games and will always check the games on Sky and Twitter when I can’t make the game. I do still wish I lived a stones throw from Elland Road but I don’t let that put me off.

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My Grandad is a Leeds fan too but is a Hibernian fan as he grew up in Edinburgh. I will always look out for Hibernians results and this is partly because I love having the conversation with him on the phone.

In conclusion some will say I’m greedy but if there is one thing I can confirm, I love sport. In my eyes to show true commitment to my teams, it’s only fair that I give them all the time they deserve. I am still waiting for a weekend where they all win!

Oh and please don’t get me started on shirts. I have a huge collection of Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie, Yorkshire, Carlton, Boston Red Sox and other sports tops which I will wear when necessary.

DarcyB

Local Legend of St Buryan

So following on from my last blog there are a couple of things that I can confirm. Firstly we got here in one piece despite every attempt the A30 threw at us. It was a scene similar to that of The Truman Show, where when he tries to escape he is faced with many man made blockades to prevent him from doing so. The journey itself took a little under 7 hours and once we’d got the tent all set up, we were very very relieved to sip that first cold beer. The second thing I can confirm is that Scrabble didn’t make the trip, my partner has convinced me that the Puzzle Book she bought would be a worthy substitute! Only time will tell on that one 😉

We have certainly made the most of our time down here so far. We are both massive fans of walking and exploring and have found some truly amazing sights and views. To the untrained eye an Ordinance Survey map seems dull and boring, to us it’s pure ecstasy. We have successfully found our first Cornish Stone Circle, located some standing stones, found ancient burial sites and our first Ordinance Survey Marker.

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Now we are also fans of doing the more well known sights, just in case I need to dispel that concern you may have as you read this. We have not only visited the brand new theme park styled Lands End, but we have also survived the Causeway and long winding uneven walk to the top of St Michaels Mount. The views from the bottom were impressive, the views from the top simply breath taking! We spent a day in Penzance and walked along the harbors and along the streets, this is a beautiful town with flags gracing every part of it. The weather so far has been lovely, it’s only rained when we have been asleep in our tent!

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The nature we have witnessed first hand down here has been amazing to say the least. As we walked along the Sand Dunes yesterday from St Michaels Mount we saw a Weasel chasing a Rabbit ahead of us, it was in a comical way similar to Road Runner and Wiley Coyote! We think the Rabbit escaped. We have seen many colorful butterflies including Red Admirals and large Moths which resembled Red Tiger Moths. On our walk to the top of Chapel Carn we saw wild ponies and many birds as well as the sweetest little Field Mouse and yes I got that close to it using my IPhone Camera. Finally the evenings turning into nights have seen many a creepy crawly trying to invade our Tent and surrounding areas, the slugs have proven to be somewhat brave and large.

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Finally our visit to St Buryan proved to be an interesting one. They say the term “legend” is used far too regularly and that it loses value, however I am quite confident that its a fitting term for this instance. We went to grab a pub lunch and popped into the pub in St Buryan. Now it’s always a strange feeling when you aren’t a local popping into a village pub and in this instance it wasn’t too daunting. We were presented with a nice bar area with many arrays of local memorabilia on the walls and three locals, two of them together.

After we ordered our drinks and sat down, we were greeted by an elderly gentleman called Basil. The conversation quickly turned to Cricket and we were talking about the current Ashes Test that was on and how England needed to set around 250 to give them a chance of winning it. Suddenly I was pointed to a newspaper article framed and hanging proudly on the wall. It was a copy of a Schoolboys Cricket match in August 1974 when a certain Basil took all Ten Wickets in a match. I must say it was at this point I realized this was Basil. He proudly talked me through his successes and exploits as if the game had been played yesterday. For any non cricket fans out there, then the equivalent of this is hard to compare. All I can say is this is a very rare achievement and one I’ve never seen before. To that Basil I raise my glass to you, you are an awesome real life local legend of St Buryan!

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DarcyB