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Yes!!!!!!!!! Somehow it was always known that Colly would be the man to captain a no nonsense England side that would actually make it to a World final.  It was just written that he would; and you just knew all that grittyness would get there one day….he just needed a team of like-minded henchmen.  It has taken time and not a few false starts, and even a spot of IPL madness for some of the team members, but they have made it.

A novelty certainly, and really rather nice.  Bring on Sunday and the final!

And yes, I have always thought of Mike Yardy as a bit of a limited overs bowling ninja… I know this is not a widely held belief ….

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Chris Gayle leads the West Indies off after their stunning victory Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 1st Test West Indies v England February2009

The IPL, it’s been going on for ever, it’s still got about ten days of group stage still to go.  So over half way and my selected team Kolkata is still hanging on in there,  admittedly tenuously.

But they did put in some rather dapper fielding today at Eden Gardens, against the rather fierce Delhi Daredevils and the lovely Colly and Warner were both sent packing with few runs.  Interesting times.

Even the ITV 4 studio seems to have matured.  Gosh, who’d have thought!

The time I decide not to watch an IPL match because I’m not that interested now in Deccan or Rajasthan, I find out that Andre Nel has been in the ITV 4 studio, damn!

But lots of people are tuning in, ITV 4 has a bit of a viewership coup on it’s hands.  It is now topping half a million on a Sunday afternoon.

Remind me again – just why is our domestic competition not available even as a highlights package on free to air?

Yes, it’s nice to see Paul Collingwood doing well in the crazy world of the IPL, and it’s really nice to see him doing it on TV too.  Sixes are ten a penny in this form of the game – but there is something particularly nice when the bloke who is hitting them is Colly.  So top scoring for the Delhi Daredevils; 75 not out – nice, or as they said on the IPL strap line – pure magic.

The lure of fee to air TV!  As many people in Britain are watching the IPL as watched the Bangladesh v England tests.

As posted yesterday;  TMS them no lie.   Durham County Cricket Club Chief Executive, David Harker, and Chairman, Clive W Leach CBE, have just returned from a business trip to India where they had been invited by Chennai based Durham sponsors, 5G.   Where will it go from here….?

Up early and listening to the Test match on the radio.  Test Match Special has just had a lunchtime report on the progress of this years IPL and its impact in India, part of it mentioning that representatives from Durham have been speaking with the Chennai Supper Kings IPL franchise.

That’s the team in violent yellow with Matty Hayden, his mongoose, Albie Morkle and Dohni.

Presumably it is purely a fact finding mission and I know yellow is one of Durham’s colours but a whole strip is not a good look!  It’s a bit of extra IPL interest that I wasn’t anticipating anyway!

So no football teams then, as was suspected.  Modi finally got around to announcing the two new franchises for the IPL.  They will be based at  The southern city of Kochi and Pune near Mumbai.

Next season onwards the IPL will feature 10 teams – which means a total of 94 games, up from the current 60, in a home-and-away format.  There will be no escaping the IPL; it is going to be truly never ending!  Let’s hope climate change does not alter India’s monsoon season or it will be all year round soon.  But perhaps that is where the USA will come to the fore in Modi’s future cunning plans?

Vegetation commentary gem – “Grass grows by process of osmosis”.

From yesterday’s Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab clash at Cuttack.  I know it’s often refed to as the hallowed turf, but I always thought the grass itself was pretty bog standard.  Stick to the cricket, and mentioning the sponsors as many times as possible, eh lads.

Gotta love the IPL commentary.

I’m feeling all rose tinted from tonight’s KKR performance – so here is a picture of a rose tinted Murali, playing for Middlesex.

It seems that the Kolkata Knight Riders are the but of many a joke in IPL circles – but not today.  From a dreadful start, and some poor fielding they salvaged quite an entertaining win.

ITV 4 were quite neutral – as in non annoying in their coverage.  So I will give this IPL another go.

It is such a shame that our domestic completion is not available in the same way.  Bizarre even!