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    England ponder painful performance

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 13/01/2018

    » The final moments of the Ashes series could not have been more symbolic in summing up England's plight in what has been a nightmare tour Down Under. While the victorious Australian team gleefully collected all the awards and sprayed champagne at the Sydney Oval, England's captain Joe Root, suffering from a stomach illness, was asleep in the dressing room.

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    Lions, Kiwis have a 'date with destiny'

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 08/07/2017

    » The British and Irish Lions got the result they so desperately needed in Wellington last week in a nerve-jangling but thrilling game. They just about deserved it and preventing the All Blacks from scoring a try was a feat in itself. But they will be under no illusions about the task they face today... beware the wounded All Blacks.

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    The stirring tale of Newport's survival

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 23/02/2019

    » Only three days after Newport County's spirited FA Cup run ended in the fifth round at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Welsh club found themselves at Meadow Lane playing Notts County, bottom of League Two. That's what you call coming down to earth.

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    Thai ace Ariya having fun on top of the world

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 24/11/2018

    » The extraordinary success of Ariya Jutanugarn on the LPGA Tour this season sees her finishing as world No.1 as well as picking up just about every golfing award available.

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    Cook deserves a passionate send-off

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 08/09/2018

    » Just as he displayed impeccable timing over the years as a batsman, at the age of 33 Alastair Cook has chosen an appropriate moment to announce the end of his Test career, although he will still continue with Essex in county cricket. He admitted quite frankly that "there is nothing left in the tank."

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    Well chaps, that's simply not cricket

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 31/03/2018

    » For a country which loves sport so much and prides itself on its sense of fair play, the ball-tampering incident has left Australia in a state of shock.

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    England's Ashes scattered in Perth

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 23/12/2017

    » The headline in Sydney's Daily Telegraph just about said it all: "Brilliant Aussies Humiliate Pathetic Poms". Most would go along with the damning assessment of an England tour that is becoming a nightmare and there are few signs things will improve.

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    England may well be beyond hope

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 09/12/2017

    » In the film Clockwise, in which everything is going wrong for the headmaster, played by John Cleese, he blurts out to a student "It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand."

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    Down Under will be no picnic for Poms

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 18/11/2017

    » Although England currently hold the Ashes and have won five of the last seven series, they seem to be going into the first cricket Test in Brisbane next Thursday with some trepidation. Adding to the nervousness is that all the talk seems to be about Australia's 5-0 whitewash last time the Poms visited, rather than England's unexpected 3-2 success at home more recently.

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    The moment of truth at the 'Cake Tin'

    Sports, Nobby Piles, Published on 01/07/2017

    » Some years ago, Sunday Times correspondent John Hopkins wrote: "A Lions tour to New Zealand is a cross between a medieval crusade and prep school outing."

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