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It Felt Real Good To Watch Some Proper Test Cricket After Nearly 3-Months & ‘The Century’ Was A Bonus. (Smile)

by Anura Guruge


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I haven’t watched any cricket in nearly 3-months. There wasn’t anything compelling. Yes, there was Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh but those matches tend to be boring grinds. So, I have been watching Netflix & Amazon Prime & quite enjoying it.

But, I sure wanted to watch this England v New Zealand series. I haven’t seen New Zealand, in any format, in nearly (or possibly even more than) a year. So, it was good to see them though I was disappointed to see ‘Kane Williamson’, a cricketer that I am rather fond of, get out rather cheaply.

I make a point of trying NOT to divulge SCORES or big news in my headlines. I do NOT want to spoil it for those that haven’t got around to watching the highlights. They don’t have to read the BODY of the post. But, they might SEE the Header.

That said, getting to watch “Devon Conway’s” debut century was a bonus. Right from the very start I had this feeling that he would score a debut century. And, was I right. Nice, classy effort. Nothing flamboyant. Just very workmanlike.

Well, this is good. Watching cricket, on a daily basis, is very much a part of my life.

I Had No Idea That ‘Live Cricket’ On TV Actually Has Quite A Delay/Lag Built-In.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, of course, intrinsically I ‘knew’ that there must be a miniscule transmission/propagation delay & possibly a ‘x-second’ delay for bleeping out faux pas by commentators. But never realized that the delay could be long enough to be EXPLOITED by the ardent betting folks. WOW. What a world we live in.

I only found out about it today when I read that they had caught more people ‘cheating’ in the recent IPL 2021 games. I read on …. & learnt about this. I had to go check. I was amazed. WOW.

Yes, I know there is BIG money involved. But, still amazes I. Amazing. The wonders of this world never cease.


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All The Cricket Action Is Now On ‘ESPN+’, NOT ‘Willow TV’; ‘Willow’ TV Is Sucking Wind.

by Anura Guruge



There is plenty of LIVE cricket again
BUT NOT on Willow TV.


It would appear that Willow TV screwed up BIG TIME when it came to getting 2021 cricket series coverage licenses.

They have NO REAL, i.e., MEN’s International, cricket for the next 3.5-months. But, in the meantime some hard to ignore series are taking place: West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20 & Australia vs New Zealand. In past years these would have been on Willow TV. They had the ‘franchise’ for all those countries. But, not right now.

So, a BIG Heads Up. Don’t sign-up (or RENEW) Willow TV before checking what is coming up.

I was FORCED to check ESPN+. 12-, 13-years ago ESPN+ carried a lot of cricket. Then the likes of Willow stepped in. The tide seems to be turning again.

So, as I said, a Heads Up.


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No Wonder The Guys On The ‘Nugenix’ TV Ad Have Problems With ‘Performance’ — They Are FAT.

by Anura Guruge



I CAN’T, alas, escape this stupid & INSULTING TV commercial because it appears on the ‘Willow TVcricket channel, ad nauseum, with ‘FF’-disabled.

It makes me LAUGH.

I am 67 & I do NOT have any low testosterone issues & SURE have no problem ‘raising the flag’. I have plenty of energy & I feel GREAT.

No wonder these clowns have issues. They each need to lose about 40 bloody pounds.

Have you noticed that most ‘middle aged’ & older men who play golf are FAT. Can’t be a coincidence. Cut the GOLF, some walk 8-miles (a day) with me. SMILE.


Yes, there was a Trulicity commercial too — and I objected.

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Australia’s New T20 Cricket Shirt With Indigenous Design To Honor The Original Inhabitants Is STUNNING & Praiseworthy.

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I was stunned when I saw it last night. Wow. Wow. WOW.

Such a great & HUGE gesture. Well done Australia. I am PROUD of you. Us cricketers have such big hearts.

Stunningly beautiful shirts. I want one. I will buy one. Bravo. I am so happy.

You can find the details as to the designers, two females here. Check it out.


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I Am Not Watching ‘IPL 2020’ Because I Refuse To Subscribe To Indian ‘Hotstar’ — Which I Find Repulsive.

by Anura Guruge


One of the worst outfits in the World.

They lie, they cheat & their coverage is HORRIBLE
in that they tell you the RESULT beforehand!


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Nothing to do with costs. Everything to do with how much I despise, resent & abhor bloody Hotstar U.S.

I avowed that I would never subscribe to them again, & I am not.

Yes, I am missing out on ‘IPL 2020’. So be it. I watched a BIT of poor quality highlights on YouTube & realize I can live without it.

Willow TV, to which I have an annual subscription, does NOT have streaming rights to ‘IPL 2020’ yet again. So, I can’t watch it on Sling on my Roku. I can’t get Willow TV per se. So. sod it.

IPL without the crowds looks pretty flaccid.

I will wait for more new cricket on Willow TV. I might even TRY to like the CPL!

SMILE.

But, one thing is for sure. I hate BLOODY Hotstar U.S. Indians at their worst.


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England & West Indies Players & Umpires Take A Knee At The 1st Test — I CRIED!

by Anura Guruge





I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.

But, this was TRULY special.

I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!

Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.

This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.

Thank you, ALL.

This is why I truly love cricket.

#BlackLivesMatter.


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Willow TV (Cricket): New Customers Can Get It For Half The Price Paid By Existing Customers!

by Anura Guruge



Live cricket starts again
on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

England vs. West Indies
from Southampton/West End (my old hometown).

Willow TV will have coverage.


Another, unforgivable, screw existing customers while trying to recruit new scheme. Yes, everybody tries it.

No, you can’t, if you are on the $10/month plan pick to pay $60, up front, and get 12-months. In a way, that is kind of crazy on Willow’s part. A punter is giving you $60 UPFRONT.

Well you know the solution. SMILE.

You have been told. No need to thank I. That is why I am here.


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Brilliant Article Re. My Main Man, ‘Gordon Greenidge’ By ‘Mark Nicholas’.

by Anura Guruge


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That I named my son after him must say it all as to who & what I think about this great man. As I have said, many times, no man has given me greater pleasure than ‘Gordon Greenidge‘. I wanted my son to be ‘Gordon Guruge’ (GG) — same as Gordon. His mother & her family, ardent Catholics all, claimed that ‘Gordon’ was too Jewish a name! This was long time ago & I did NOT know any better. Since then I have come to know a lot of Jews & I have yet to meet a Gordon. So, I relented that ‘Gordon’ would be his middle name. NO! ‘Matthew’ is NOT Biblical. Named after ‘Matthews Southern Comfort‘ (with Ian Matthews). One of my favorite groups at the time — & I have always liked Ian Matthews.


I was a fully paid up member of the Hampshire Cricket Club (HCC) from 1975 to about 1982 (& I left Britain in 1985 (for what was meant to be 2-years in the States)). So, I was at Hampshire during SOME of the glory days of Gordon (not to mention Barry Richards, Andy Roberts & Malcolm Marshall). Yes, I even saw Mark Nicholas play.

I, of course, knew Gordon & he knew me by sight. I saw him occasionally away from cricket grounds & he would always stop to chat. Very nice guy.

Much of what Mark talks about in this article was AFTER I (alas) left the U.K.

Mark writes well as you would expect of a man of his erudition. This made my day. I wanted to share this with YOU. Enjoy.

Thank YOU, Gordon. Hope you are well. SMILE.


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