June 24, 2022

Faster, fitter and a sharper unit: England are becoming the real deal | Louise Taylor

Sarina Wiegman continues to show her influence in a fine win against the Netherlands - but have Lionesses peaked too soon?It is almost five years since a bomb scare in the eastern Netherlands left England’s team bus completing seemingly endless circles of the dual carriageways surrounding Enschede.By the time the local police confirmed it was a hoax, Mark Sampson’s Lionesses were behind schedule for their Euro 2017 semi-final against Sarina Wiegman’s Netherlands and arrived at FC Twente’s stadium much later than intended. Continue reading...
June 22, 2022

England chasing 245 to sweep series with Netherlands: third ODI – live!

Updates from the final match of the one-day seriesThe Spin: sign up to our weekly cricket newsletterAnd you can email James or get in touch on TwitterThat England batting line-up still looks alright doesn’t it? And that’s before you’ve brought in Bairstow, Root and Stokes. I said this on Sunday, but Rashid aside I’ve still little clue which bowlers constitute the first-choice attack – I guess Archer is a lock when fit, but otherwise. Netherlands: 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Tom Cooper, 4 Bas de Leede, 5 Scott Edwards (capt/wk), 6 Teja Nidamanuru, 7 Logan van Beek, 8 Tim Pringle, 9 Aryan Dutt, 10 Paul van Meekeren, 11 Fred Klaassen. Continue reading...
June 20, 2022

Consensus builds around Ukraine's EU bid ahead of crucial summit

Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Portugal are among the latest countries to support granting Ukraine candidate status.
June 19, 2022

England chasing 236 to win second ODI against Netherlands – live!

Updates from Amstelveen (41 overs a side after rain delay)Barney Ronay: time to give English cricket future it deservesGet in touch! You can email Geoff here or tweet himWe should be good to get our match eventually, but. Liam Livingstone, then. His 66 off 22 the other day gave him a strike-rate of 300.00, better even that Jos Buttler’s paltry 231.43. There’s a part of me that wonders if he might be worth a Test-match punt at some point (because yes, England are in dire need of some lower-middle order biffing). Continue reading...
June 17, 2022

England set new record score of 498 in first ODI against Netherlands – live!

Over-by-over updates from Amstelveen (10am BST start)Get in touch! Send Tim an email or tweet @TimdeLisle5th over: England 34-1 (Salt 23, Malan 9) Malan shuffles over to off stump, which works better for him than it did for Alex Lees in the Caribbean. He drives van Beek past cover point for his first four, then clips to midwicket for three.4th over: England 25-1 (Salt 22, Malan 1) Snater comes down to earth as Salt hits two more fours – a handsome straight drive and a simple flick past fine leg, who is up in the circle. Continue reading...
June 16, 2022

Russian spy caught trying to infiltrate war crimes court, says Netherlands

Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov spent years building up fake ID and was to take up internship at ICC, says Dutch intelligenceA Russian spy tried and failed to secure an internship at the international criminal court (ICC) using the false identity as a Brazilian citizen that he had built up for as long as a decade, according to Dutch intelligence.Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, 36, accused of being an agent of Russia’s GRU military intelligence, flew to the Netherlands in April believing he had succeeded in an extraordinary effort to gain inside access to the war crimes court. Continue reading...
June 16, 2022

The Spin | Morgan and Mott target white-ball dominance for England in the Netherlands

The strong 14-man squad head for a rare trip to mainland Europe but will do well to match the drama of the Test teamWelcome to The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly (and free) cricket newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version every Wednesday, just pop your email in below:Alec Stewart’s memories of England’s tour of the Netherlands in the summer of 1989 are a little hazy. He was only 26, full of anticipation for his cricket career ahead and yet to make his full England debut. Continue reading...
June 2, 2022

‘On the throne till I drop’: how does British monarchy compare with European royals?

Some monarchies have modernised to stay relevant but other dynasties have not been so successfulWhile the pomp and tradition of the British monarchy continue to fascinate people and media around the world, the Windsors are far from the only royal dynasty to have survived into the 21st century. Other European monarchies, from Spain to Belgium and from Norway to the Netherlands, have made similar efforts to adapt, modernise and stay relevant. Some have been more successful than others.Spain’s royal family, once seen as a model of modest, modern monarchy, has endured a turbulent few years. Juan Carlos, long lauded for helping to steer the country back to democracy after the Franco dictatorship – and facing down an attempted coup in 1981 – has had a protracted fall from grace. Continue reading...
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