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  1. Grey Fox

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    Disciplined spell of bowling brought rewards as it often does in Test matches. We let Siddle and Lyon add some vital runs at the end but good to get a lead and a serious grab from Rory Burns. Would have taken that lead after our first innings to be fair
  2. Grey Fox

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    Decent effort from Buttler and Leach here but frustratingly it shows how fragile the batting has been as when our players apply themselves they can construct a total
  3. I would imagine the reason for the association with the bigger clubs (other than purely financial) is that they likely have the resources, training facilities, grounds, general infrastructure, market presence/brand and coaching experience to be successful at running a Women’s team alongside the Men’s team. I don’t really follow it too much. But I do watch some of the Women’s cricket. One thing Australia are brilliant at is in the Big Bash they don’t seem to distinguish between the Men and the Women at the franchises. If you visit their websites (e.g. the Adelaide Strikers https://www.adelaidestrikers.com.au/players ) and select the Players tab it just presents all the players associated with that franchise regardless of whether they are male (playing in the BBL) or female (playing in the WBBL) Effectively treating them all as Squad members and all representing Adelaide in this case. Which they are. You can filter by Male and Female but the default is just Players (regardless of gender)
  4. Grey Fox

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    Very game effort from England to bat as long as they did in fairness. The two wickets (Burns and Root) at the end of Day 4 I think we’re crucial but with some determined application England very nearly escaped with another draw. The frustrating thing is as others have said that the focus on the World Cup and Short format game has clearly been detrimental to all Test sides. Australia are marginally the better if these two sides largely thanks to the freakish level of Smith with the bat and by having a battery of top class pace bowlers that they can rotate and a world class spinner (normally) in Lyon. In a sense they have stumbled into picking Labuschagne and have found a decent Test cricketer. Find an opener to partner Warner (at least in home series) and a couple more batsman and they have a very solid side. England I think we already know they have been fragile the last few years (often 30-3 for example) and having spent years looking for a replacement for Strauss to partner Cook without success have also then struggled to replace Cook. Burns is a huge positive to come out of the series. While his technique can look odd (and potentially when out of form has a fair amount to go wrong) he clearly has the temperament of a traditional Test opener. He is also clearly prepared to work on his game as you must at that level - tightening up his perception of off stump and also clearly having worked on a susceptibility to the short ball between Tests. Buttler and Bairstow clearly have bags of talent and credit in the bank as it were but I can’t help feeling that playing both and Roy feels like 3 luxury players (or wild cards) and in a side with clear flaws it is difficult to get away with that. Denly I quite like and he has done as much as you could hope for really however they should have been braver and put him to open at the start of the series and kept Root at 4 which is clearly his preferred position. Very easy with hindsight but I’m still not sure why Malan was dropped - good solid combative batsman with an Away Ashes Ton to his name. bowling has been as expected really. Broad exceptional (saw a stat that he has bowled 92 balls to Warner for 32 runs and dismissed him 6 times - which is remarkable). Losing Anderson was massive and Archer has performed brilliantly but way to much to expect a young bowler in his first series to do any more than he has. It feels like Australia have been planning for this series far longer than England (the luxury of already having 5 World Cups in the trophy cabinet I guess) but England’s thinking has been muddled - shown by the chopping and changing of the batting order and side. They also really need to stick to a plan to Smith rather than just deciding they can’t possibly get him out. At least make it harder for him and stop trying to trap him LBW hoping he will miss one. I’d have liked to see them play attritional cricket and just try to dry up the runs by bowling wide of off with a packed field or alternatively get Archer or Stokes to come round the wicket and go hard at him into the body for 10 overs with a field set back. As I said both sides have some issues. Opening partnerships this Ashes so far for both sides: Edgbaston 2 22 13 19 Lords 0 11 9 13 Headingley 12 10 10 15 Old Trafford 1 10 0 0 Total 156 - Average 9.75 On a separate note and obviously disappointed with the series at the moment I am pleased for Tim Paine - Player against him when he played for Lashings a few years ago and he is a genuinely sound bloke.
  5. Grey Fox

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    We won our League today so didn’t see it unfold but throughout the match you could just hear crazy cheering from the Pav. Just seen the highlights. Brilliant stuff. Literally unbelievable scenes.
  6. 3 gets a lot of stick but it was a lot better than I expected a non Cameron Terminator so many years after the first 2. Also you can clearly see all the money on the screen. it us some interesting ideas - evolving Sky et to be software (rather than the large super computer plugged into a bunker that we will imagined it to be in the 80's) plus being a defence network that saw all humans as the enemy felt like a natural evolution. It also has a fantastic chase scene in it (with the crane - properly felt like two unstoppable machines at loggerheads - with an outstanding resolution), also liked the Electromagnet but and the ending was unexpected, memorable and actually made a lot of sense (I.e. The mission was to get John to survive Judgement Day not to prevent Judgement Day) Not outstanding but way better than it should have been. awhereas subsequent films think saying "I'll be Back" and "Come with me if you want to live" completely out of context and thinking this has resonance for the characters (as opposed to just being lazy nostalgia box ticking for the audience - the phrases have no meaning for the characters in the later films only the audience members) qualifies as sharp scriptwriting.
  7. I can't watch the jump in that trailer without having flashbacks to MGS: Twin Snakes
  8. Early preview (some effects shots to be completed)
  9. I got hit for the import charge too. Oh well - in for a penny in for a pound.
  10. RodLand is brilliant. Used to play the Amiga version then got the surprisingly good GameBoy port. Super ear-worm type music too! in latter years I got the Jamma board which bizarrely has a fair amount of slow-down but does feature a code for a second version of the game that changes the enemies into robots etc
  11. Fighting Vipers as well. There is sometimes a feeling that this was superseded by Fighters Megamix but it isn't really the case. Vipers stands on its own really well.
  12. I too muddled through the 3DO version in Japanese (also have the Pilot Disk and also a load of Japanese Trading Cards somewhere for both Snatcher and Policenauts). Ah happy days! Was such a shame it never got localised back in the day (there are rumours that it was 90% done - Jeremy Blaustein involved again I believe) On a tangent but related to 3DO and Saturn I was always disappointed that Killing Time quietly got cancelled. Really enjoyed it on 3DO and the thought of an enhanced port on Saturn was quite enticing back in the day.
  13. Policenauts is amazing. Meryl! The Sax riff! The setting, story, light gun sections and trademark Kojima-style "interactions" with pretty much any female character......
  14. Steep Slope Sliders was ace. 3, 2, 1, Now. The controls just felt right and you got a definite feeling of being on snow (or ice) maybe due to the amazing sound? The Asteroid half pipe was all sorts of amazing and I played Steep Slope Shooter far more than it probably merited. Actually that reminds me (for no obvious reason) of getting Princess Crown on import and muddling through purely because of the amazing graphics and animation.
  15. Love them! Probably explains why I always put in cheats for games that have wireframe modes (Wioeout 2097 on Saturn, Moto GP 2 on Xbox among others) and then imagine this is what a Vectrex 2 console would have been like if it had been released
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