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2019 – a year of world cups

2019 is a year of world cups with cricket, women’s football, netball and rugby all in the limelight.

England, ranked the best one-day team, are home favourites for the ICC Cricket World Cup from May 30 to July 14. Trent Bridge in Nottingham will host five matches including England versus Pakistan on June 3.

In football the Women’s World Cup will be held in France from June 7 to July 7 and Phil Neville’s England, ranked fourth, are expected to go far in the tournament.

The same is true in netball. Liverpool will host the Netball World Cup from July 12 to 21 with England’s thrilling gold medal victory over favourites Australia at the Commonwealth Games last year still fresh in the memory. Look out for the official World Cup netballs at Melton Sports from March.

Ireland, Wales and England will all believe they are in with a big shout at the Rugby World Cup in Japan from September 20 to November 2. We’ll have official World Cup merchandise and England jerseys in the shop from July.

Cycling also deserves an honourable mention with Yorkshire hosting the Road World Championships from September 21 to 29 while in athletics we can look forward to the World Championships (Doha, September 28 to October 6) and the World Para Athletics (Dubai, November 7 to 15).

We also have golf’s Masters, the British Grand Prix, the Euro Nations League, Tour de France and an Ashes Test series to look forward to . . . it’s going to be a great sporting year.

Upcoming events at Melton Sports

Friday, March 8 – Open evening, 5-7pm, previewing the spring/summer running collection with 10% off everything. This will be followed by an optional 4.5 mile social run and introduction to Stilton Striders at chatting pace and a post-run drink at BeerHeadz.

Saturday, March 16 – Free sports massage and yoga drop-in advice clinic with Graham Spencer and Helen Baker, 11am-2pm, plus cake sale for Comic Relief.

Saturday, April 6 – ‘pop up’ cricket shop with coach and bat expert Mark Hudson of SM Cricket, 11am-3pm.

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