There was Ian Botham in 1981, then Andrew Flintoff in 2005. Now you can add Ben Stokes in 2019 following his batting performance at Headingley yesterday. Of course, Botham and Flintoff will always be remembered for their exploits against the old cricketing enemy but for Stokes yesterday was an encore to his first career-defining performance in the World Cup final just six weeks ago. Some people only get one chance to play the innings of a lifetime, Stokes has now done it twice in only a few weeks. For England, the gap between two of the most unbelievable victories in their history might only have been a month and a half, but it was also pale blue kit to white, London to Leeds and Sweet Caroline to the wall of noise from the Western Terrace where the Barmy Army had gone from total despair to saluting the most incredible of victories.
Luckily the Jammy Toast Centre is built on a secluded island in the middle of Birkenhead Park with no neighbours nearby. This is probably just as well after we watched England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup of Cricket for the very first time yesterday, after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was drawn… twice! The noise around Jammy Toast was filled with screams of frustration and hope as the game swung one way and then the other. Unbelievably, in an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord’s, both sides scored 241 runs from their 50 overs and were level on 15 apiece when they batted for an extra over apiece. It meant England were crowned World Champions by virtue of having scored more boundaries – 26 to New Zealand’s 17 – during the match.
Gordon Banks, England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper has died aged 81. A real hero to everyone here at Jammy Toast and regarded as one of the game’s greatest goalies, Banks was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England. He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the 1970 World Cup against Brazil. Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973. “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” his family said. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”
Hi everyone, Happy New Year and I hope you had a fabulous festive season. I am pleased to announce that I will be staying on at Jammy Toast and will not be transferred over to the Renault Bears website – they couldn’t afford the transfer fee. Back to football; Tranmere lost ground in the promotion race on Tuesday after failing to make their superiority pay in a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield. The first half was dominated by Tranmere who will be kicking themselves at only scoring once and conceding nine minutes later from Macclesfield’s first real attack.
Hi everyone, hope you have all had a great week. Tranmere Rovers moved to within two points of a place of the League Two play-off spots with a Boxing Day win over Morecambe. Micky Mellon’s hosts led after three minutes when Connor Jennings’ deflected effort fell to Cole Stockton, who struck low from the left of the penalty area into the bottom left corner. Stockton then turned provider for Rovers’ second in the 29th minute.
Hi everyone, hope you have all had a great week. Nicky Maynard’s ninth goal of the season helped gutsy Bury on their way to a deserved home victory against fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere. Rovers certainly played their part, but James Norwood, in particular, was guilty of missing a number of gilt-edged opportunities. Bury went close early on as defender Chris Stokes nodded inches wide from Nicky Adams’ corner-kick. The hosts threatened again when Maynard forced Rovers’ keeper Scott Davies into a smart diving save.
Hi everyone, hope you have all had a great week. Jon Stead was the hero as his second-half penalty earned Notts County their first league win since October as they claimed a 3-2 victory over Tranmere at Meadow Lane yesterday. Neal Ardley’s side had taken the lead when the imperious Stead rammed the ball home at the back post after he was superbly picked out by Dan Jones. But Rovers were quickly back on level terms when Jonathan Smith charged down the right before drifting into the box to bend a low shot beyond Ross Fitzsimons.