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Author Archive for Tanya Aldred

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José Mourinho can learn lessons from the greats of the music world | Tanya Aldred

A top conductor gets the best out of his players and can turn a good performance from an orchestra into a great oneJosé Mourinho prowls the touchline at Old Trafford. Skulking, swearing, coat fully zipped against the dirtiest weather Manchester can thr…

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West Indies v England: Women’s World T20 – live!

All the latest from the 8pm GMT start at the Daren Sammy StadiumSciver credits risky change for success as England face West IndiesFeel free to email Tanya | or tweet at @tjaldred 7.07pm GMT This is a cracking little tale of how Nat Sciver tweaked her …

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Sri Lanka v England: third Test, day four – live!

Over-by-over updates from the Pallekele International StadiumShrubsole hat-trick helps England thrash South AfricaEmail Tanya here. Tweet @tjaldred 4.54am GMT 2nd over: Sri Lanka 12-0 (Karunaratne 9, Kaushal 1) And Root turns to spin straight away. Lea…

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The Spin | England reaping the benefits of Lions tours that turn tyros into Test players

Four of England’s winning Test team in Galle were on a successful Lions tour to Sri Lanka two years ago and this is one part of ECB planning that should be praisedAs the projected costs of The Hundred mount, tripling from the original estimate of £13 m…

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England v Bangladesh: Women’s World Twenty20 – live!

Live updates from the Group A match in St LuciaSend Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 8.56pm GMT Oh dear, what a mix up – both batters ended up at the same end. A lovely cut by Ayasha, but as she runs, she slips and then heads back to her crease without…

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Without women in the sports pages getting girls to play is a losing battle | Tanya Aldred

The woeful lack of images of female athletes in the media is undermining the fine efforts to increase participationA mother runs through the park pushing a baby in a buggy, chatting away as she does: “Come on baby, not far now.” Then we see a young wom…

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How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men | The Spin

Echoes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup-winning blueprint – potent spinners, pinch-hitting openers, bucket loads of confidence – can be seen in the England ODI side todayAs England and Sri Lanka prepare to face off in the five-match one-day series start…

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County cricket 2018 awards: the Spin’s final word on the season

Hats off to Surrey for winning the title with home-grown youth and some canny signings, to Kent stalwart Darren Stevens and the departing Paul Collingwood and Jonathan TrottAnd so, with a last splendid hurrah, the doors have closed on another county se…

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Warm hearts and misty eyes as Paul Collingwood leads cricket’s exodus | Tanya Aldred

Poignancy presides over the time of year when fans and players brace themselves for a long goodbyeThe last day of the domestic cricket season fell on Thursday when Essex, the defending county champions, played out the final day of the final match again…

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Warm hearts and misty eyes as Paul Collingwood leads cricket’s exodus | Tanya Aldred

Poignancy presides over the time of year when fans and players brace themselves for a long goodbyeThe last day of the domestic cricket season fell on Thursday when Essex, the defending county champions, played out the final day of the final match again…

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County cricket: Surrey v Essex, Warwickshire v Kent and more – live!

Live updates from the last round of county matchesCounty cricket talking points: Worcs down and lose ClarkeSurrey and Worcs bookend table but share much in betweenSend Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 11.13am BST The latest on the more than unsavoury …

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County cricket: updates from Yorkshire, Essex and more – live!

• Keep up with all the latest around the county grounds• Catch up on Durham’s stunning two-day defeat• Get involved by leaving your comments below the line 11.19am BST Plucky unbeaten eighth-wicket stands at Chelmsford (3) and Canterbury (10) putting t…

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Surrey and Worcestershire bookend table but share much in between | The Spin

The county title was won in a thriller reminding us how the West Midlands club retains the heart of first-class cricketWhen 22 players gather in huge stadiums built for full houses in midsummer, and rattle around in late season gloom to the applause of…

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County cricket: Sussex v Warwickshire, Somerset v Surrey and more – live!

Updates from the penultimate round of Championship matchesYou can email Tanya here or tweet her hereECB sets out to show reasons Hundred can be a success 10.58am BST Actually, it was a close-run thing. Gloucestershire are now 1/1. Hammond to Hutton (wh…

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Lancashire snatch tie with Somerset in County Championship thriller

• Pitch under fire as Maharaj and Onions skittle Somerset for 77• Rikki Clarke puts leaders Surrey on top against EssexIn an improbable 18-wicket, jaw-clencher of a day at Taunton, the game between Lancashire and Somerset ended in a tie just after tea….

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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Somerset v Lancashire and more – live!

Keep up with all the action across both divisionsAndy Bull: England with a big post-Cook hole to fillYou can email Tanya, tweet her, or leave a comment 11.40am BST It is still damp and dark at Canterbury and they’re taking an early lunch, inspection at…

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Women’s Super League kicks off … before all six teams are kicked out | Tanya Aldred

With eight new teams set to step in, grounds like Bristol may soon be stripped of top-class women’s T20 actionIt was about this time last year that there was a seismic shift in cricket in this country. A shake, a transference in space and time, felt fr…

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The England team taking on the world in another sporting final | Tanya Aldred

England’s physical disability cricketers face Pakistan in their tri-series final on Wednesday with one-handed power-hitting to the forePerhaps you take some World Cup with your breakfast. Or maybe you prefer some late-night Wimbledon or a soupçon of To…

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England v New Zealand: second women’s ODI – live!

Updates from the match at Derby, starting at 1pm BSTBrunt the local hero as England cruise in first ODIEmail Tanya or tweet with your thoughts 1.33pm BST 8th over: England 28-0 (Jones 19, Beaumont 8) A low full toss from Devine doesn’t get punished by …

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England’s dry spell puts the heat on cricket groundskeepers | Tanya Aldred

India start their English campaign with a T20 match in Manchester early on Tuesday evening, but it isn’t the Manchester that they are used toIndia probably thought they were flying to the UK for a back-to-back five-Test tour to be played largely on gre…