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All over the globe, there are aspects of life that can make noticeable contributions to the very identity of a particular location, and in England it’s the game of cricket. The sport is popular in various pockets of the world such as Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian sub-continent, but in many countries it’s rarely played and sometimes barely even understood. But if you have never really seen what the appeal of it is, perhaps it’s time to try a little harder.

Cricket has been around for centuries, and it’s a huge contrast of a sport. It can be slow-paced and cerebral, yet it can also be wildly exciting and abandoned. On some occasions it rewards patience, yet on others it requires throwing caution to the wind. It has always been thought of as a gentleman’s game, but it produces occasional bouts of ill-temper and gamesmanship that will hit the headlines all over the world.

The rewards in the professional game are plentiful if you get to the top of the tree, but no-one has ever played the game just for the money. Fast bowlers from Pakistan, all-rounders from West Indies and opening batsmen from New Zealand will all tell you it’s the love of the sport that drives them on, not the promise of a hefty pay packet when the game has finished. It’s truly a purist’s pursuit, and that’s why so many people enjoy it.

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In England, the love affair with cricket goes right back to the birth of the game, and many legends of the sport have become household names over those years. From WG Grace and Jack Hobbs to Ian Botham and Kevin Pietersen, the game has always created superstars, yet it remains a true grass roots phenomenon, and a drive through the nation’s rural backwaters is enough to convince you of its importance.

From Cornwall in the south-west to Northumberland in the north-east, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of village cricket clubs which play throughout the summer. Organised matches have been around for hundreds of years, and wherever you are in England on a weekend in July, the chances are you won’t be far away from a local game, so why not stroll over and take a look at what’s going on?

At one time, cricket was the preserve of the very wealthy, but that all changed many moons ago. These days, a village side is likely to feature accountants and gentleman farmers playing alongside bricklayers and electricians, all brought together by the love of this intriguing sport. Next time you visit England, be sure to head for a cricket match and see why this passionate affair continues.

David Rice is a UK writer and a keen fan of cricket. He often attends matches at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Car hire in the area is affordable, and so is hotel accommodation.

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From a very early age I have been fascinated with the game of cricket, I was introduced to the game by my dad he used to play for a couple of local teams. One of these teams was our local amateur side and the other was an indoor cricket team he played with his workmates, by attending both these games to watch my dad it greatly developed my understanding of the game. As soon as I was able to play for I local team myself I jumped at the opportunity, and as I’ve got older I have developed further my understanding of the rules of the game as well as the gamesmanship part of cricket which is such an important factor.

I am now in a position where I am still a great fan of cricket and very fortunate that I get the opportunity to go and watch many live cricket games that Edgbaston cricket ground which is only half an hours drive from where I live. But when I am not able to go and physically watch live cricket thanks to the development of new technology both in mobile phones and on the Internet I’m now able to keep in touch with cricket news no matter where I am. It is worth saying that in all the years I have been on the Internet there is been one website that has remained as my main source for cricket news and information, this is the cricinfo website which is now owned by ESPN.

Cricinfo began its life as a fan owned website and began its life back in the 1990s when the Internet was just beginning to recognise its potential in the wider world, initially cricinfo gained all of its information via the contribution of other cricket fans who would submit scores and statistics for inclusion on the websites database. This is a far cry from what has been achieved in the websites current incarnation as being the number one source for cricket news, scores and even live cricket highlights on the Internet.

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If you want to know more about how to choose woodworm cricket bats, there are a few things you should take into consideration. You should think about your upper body strength, what type bat you should look for and how you can leverage these to your advantage.

The first thing you should consider when choosing a new cricket bat is your own personal strength. If you have a great deal of upper body strength then you can take the advantage of using a heavier cricket bat. A heavier bat will allow you to make longer distance hits than if you were using a lighter weight bat. They are also more durable and less likely to break under the strain of a harder hit. Considering the size of a cricket pitch, which is roughly 6 times the length and 11 times the width of what would be the normal high school basketball court dimensions, the cricket ball needs to travel a fair distance.

Woodworm cricket bats have grown in popularity since the English victory against the Australians during the 2005 Ashes series. There are several grades of bat to look at when deciding. Most cricket bats are made from willow and they are graded from 1 to 4. Higher grade bats are made from English willow, where the lower end bats are usually made from Kashmir willow. Grade 1 English willow is the top of the line, where Grade 2 and Grade 3 are mid-grades of willow. An entry-level bat is generally made from Grade 4 willow.

Choosing the correct weight for woodworm cricket bats will go a long way towards how far and how accurately you can hit the ball. Being able to swing a heavier bat will also work to your advantage. Considering these tips when choosing which one of Wormwood cricket bats is right for you, will help you take your game to the next level.

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