New Season

The new season is upon us, some old faces have departed and some new ones have arrived. First game was against the mighty Bordeaux and as to be expected, they were to strong for us, but we battled hard. The full report can be found on the Mansle Facebook page.

Below are some memories of the first game at Bordeaux last year, where we came so close to beating them.

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Taylor forced to retire.

Shock as 26-year-old England favourite permanently sidelined by medical condition
England Test batsman James Taylor has been forced to call an immediate end to his career following the discovery of a rare and serious heart condition that will see him undergo surgery. Taylor had expected to play for Nottinghamshire in last week’s County Championship warm-up fixture against Cambridge University but withdrew with what he believed to be a viral condition. But specialist scans revealed the 26-year-old has Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia (ARVC) – a rare but very serious heart condition. Taylor took to Twitter to say the shock revelation had been “the toughest week of my life” but was keeping a positive outlook for his recovery. Taylor played the first of his seven Tests against South Africa in 2012 and was part of the England team that beat the Proteas in South Africa last year. The diminutive middle-order batsman also played 27 one-day internationals and was captain for England’s trip to Ireland last May. ARVC is a genetic disease and can cause sudden cardiac death. It is not curable but can be controlled with medicine or the use of a pacemaker.

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Remi’s Ramblings

Hi everyone,

We have had a highly productive last few weeks down at the Mansle cricket ground. We’ve put the roof up on the nets, attached the netting, done some gardening and even cleaned out the clubhouse. The grass on the field has been mown and looks great. The only thing missing now is players !

Our first league game is now less than two weeks away, so this Sunday will be our last opportunity to get some practise in. Justin has managed to organise a friendly game between us and Loire CC at home; this will be a great opportunity to prepare for the season !

We will play 35 overs each, and the game will begin at 12, however if you could please arrive before 11:30 to help set up that would be greatly appreciated. The event is self-catering, and as usual the match fee is 8€ for adults and 5€ for under 19’s.

We are hoping to get as any players as we can, so if you feel like coming down for a practise game and having some fun, please let me know by Thursday if you are available.

If anybody needs transport to the ground just let me know and I’ll see what I can arrange.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers,

Remi

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