Author: Lewis Stokes

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games basketball will be played a little differently. Instead of there being teams of five there will be teams of three.Rules:- 10-minute games- 12 second shot-clock- No quarters or half-time – Only half a court is used to play the game – Two teams of three players plus one substitute – Baskets inside the arc are one point and baskets outside the arc are two points- First team to 21 points winsFacts:The first time this format of the game was played was in 2007 when FIBA decided to experiment with a different form of Basketball.The first…

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T20 Cricket will be the format played at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Rules:- Each side will have 20 overs to bat – Six balls are bowled each over- 11 Players on each team – If a team loses 10 wickets before the 20 overs have been bowled the innings is over Facts:Cricket was introduced into the Commonwealth games for the first time in 1998 where a List A (50 over) men’s competition was played.This is the first-time women’s cricket has featured in the commonwealth games.The top eight teams in the world that come under the Commonwealth ambit will compete.The favourites:The…

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Basketball has once again been brought to a halt after it was announced that a four-week national lockdown has been put in place. The senior and junior leagues will be postponed until Basketball England are given an all clear to resume the fixtures.The three-tier alert systems will still be in place when the lockdown is lifted.Apart from the elite basketball leagues (BBL/WBBL and NBL 1/WNBL 1) all other leagues will be suspended until the start of 2021.Basketball England CEO, Stewart Kellett, said: “Although this announcement and temporary halt to the sport is disappointing and frustrating, we must all continue to…

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Aston Villa’s match against Arsenal has been moved to Sky Box Office and fans are not happy.This is the fourth time in four weeks Aston Villa will be on Pay Per View this season meaning that fans will have to spend another £14.95 if they want to watch the game.So far this season fans would have to pay £59.80 plus what they pay in subscriptions such as Sky Sports and BT to watch their team.Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said: “The fact Aston Villa fans have had to fork out for four games on the spin for pay-per-view is not…

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Spots have opened up for postponed games to be rescheduled in the National Basketball League after the National Cup was cancelled last month.The National Cup is the National Basketball League’s oldest competition.However, this has been done to help ease the schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the National Cup out of the fixture list, this will open new spots for postponed fixtures to be replayed.With the potential for more postponed games it is believed that running the National Cup this season would put too much strain on the clubs, officials and coaches.There have already been postponed games for clubs in…

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The first week of fixtures for the National Basketball League were released this week on the Basketball England website. The City of Birmingham Rockets senior team were set to face the Bromsgrove Bears at the Nechells Wellbeing Centre. The further two games against Warwickshire Hawks and the Warwickshire Warriors have also been postponed. The start

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The start of the NBL (National Basketball League) season has had its problems, and this isn’t stopping any time soon.The fixtures for the upcoming season have already been released to the clubs but they have not been made public yet on either the NBL website or the club’s websites. A specific start date for the season is yet to be announced, but it has been decided that there will be no promotion or relegation this season.This means that team Birmingham Elite men and women will stay in division two. City of Birmingham Rockets and Birmingham Mets will both stay in…

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A former Harborne captain and long time member has revealed the club may not play this season due to the Coronavirus. Birmingham cricket clubs have started to feel the effects of Coronavirus following the ECB (England and Wales cricket board) decision to delay the start of the season. Photo by Aksh yadav on Unsplash The circumstances have started to impact on the sporting world as well.One club that will be affected by this is Harborne cricket club, who play in the Birmingham District league. Former Harborne captain and 30-year member Alan Wild said: “It’s quite possible we won’t play this…

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