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Following on from our partnership with Haymarket Publishing who produce fantastic programmes for many official sporting events and teams (including the FA Cup programme), we are very pleased to announce we will be receiving stock of the programme for the coming Natwest T20 Blast finals at Edgbaston.
We now know the four semi-finalists who will duke it out on Finals Day;
The Notts Outlaws booked their place with a crushing win over the Essex Eagles, while the Northants Steelbacks dominated Middlesex to book their place at Edgbaston.
There was an upset as Durham Jets turned over Gloucestershire, who topped the South Group, while Yorkshire Vikings being the last team to progress after defeating Glamorgan, to make it an all North Group Finals Day.
Finals Day takes place on the August 20th, in front of a sold out Edgbaston crowd.
If you cannot make the day, we are the only official suppliers of the programme, and you can order your copy from us now! We will be posting them out after the finals weekend, due to them only being printed just before the event!
Here is the semi-final draw:
Notts Outlaws v Northants Steelbacks 1100 BST
Durham Jets v Yorkshire Vikings 1430 BST
Notts Outlaws v Northants Steelbacks
Notts Outlaws have never lost a game to Northants Steelbacks and they are currently 4 from 4 in the form book. This is the third time the Notts Outlaws have qualified for Finals Day, although they have lost out in both previous attempts to Leicestershire Foxes and Somerset.
The Steelbacks have now qualified for the Finals Day three times in the last four seasons. Previously, they qualified in 2013 and 2015.
The Steelbacks won their last two semi-finals in the NatWest T20 Blast and both times they did so chasing. Notts Outlaws have nine wins on the trot ahead of the semi-final. On the other hand, Northants have seen defeat in four out of their last six games.
Durham Jets v Yorkshire Vikings
In the matches between Durham Jets and Yorkshire Vikings, each team has won an alternate fixture in the last six games. The most recent encounter was won by Yorkshire Vikings. Between 2005 and 2007, Yorkshire Vikings won five games in a row against Durham Jets. However, since then they have failed to record back-to-back wins.
Durham Jets have reached Finals Day for the second time. Previously, in 2008, they lost to Middlesex in the semi-final. Similarly, Yorkshire Vikings have also reached the semi-finals for the second time. The last time, they lost to Hampshire in the final. Ten out of the last 11 games involving Yorkshire has seen the side batting first win.
Out of these games, Yorkshire Vikings have won eight games. At Edgbaston, Yorkshire have lost both of their T20 matches. Similarly, Durham have seen defeat in three out of their four games at this venue.
Our stock of crafting magazines has really expanded in the last month or two, and sales craftshow that you really appreciate that fact!
Crafts such as home sewing, quilting, cross stitching, knitting and papercrafts are as popular as ever, and we know that quality crafting titles are in big demand.
Many issues are selling out, and we are responding by ordering in more stock, as we love to hold back-issues for our customers to be able to order when they cannot find them anywhere else.
Super-star titles in the past couple of months have been;
Crafter’s Inspiration – a big bumper pack of free goodies with a magazine containing 70 projects to make. The pack goodies is worth around £50, and includes leaf dies & vine embossing folder, coordinating stamp set, papercraft CD & Sheena Douglass tutorials DVD. Everything you need to be inspired to make Halloween and Christmas cards and much more!
Sew Inspired – this is absolutely flying at at the moment. Many crafters have been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, and this magazine captures the spirit of that sewing movement! Put together by sewing author and TV presenter Debbie Shore – you’ll never be short of inspiration! We are increasing our order for future issues to meet your demand.
Simply Crochet – crochet is riding a real boom in popularity, just as knitting is. This great magazine is full of creative ideas for anyone who loves – or would love to learn – crochet. Full of patterns to make, it’s great for yourself or as a gift.
Todays Quilter – The back issues are selling out quick of this mega-popular title. You only have to touch this magazine to know it’s a quality title. Written by some of the real experts of the field, every issue is packed full of projects for intermediate to experienced quilters, beautifully inspiring photography, in-depth technique features, a ‘block of the month’, interviews with the biggest designers, news and events from the quilting world. We are increasing our order for future issues to meet your demand.
Mollie Makes – this is a fantastic magazine for the summer holidays, full of projects in every imaginable crafting style. It’s a great magazine for creative people, who may already be familiar with some crafting techniques, but want to learn what else is out there.
The Knitter – this classy magazine is for the confident knitter who are looking for beautiful, original patterns from the world’s best designers. One of our highest quality titles, it’s a real joy to turn the pages. It has just celebrated it’s 100th issue with a special supplement.
With the 2016 Tour de France starting next month, we are once again proud to be able to stock an official sporting programme. The official Tour de France programme details every team and rider, and the special box comes with lots of extra goodies;
- Deluxe art prints: Tour Icons
- Official fold-out route map
- The Cycling Anthology
- Giant Stages Wall Chart
Mags Direct are proud to be able to sponsor one of its own staff, ‘Loz’ Hoefling, as he drives around Europe in a 10 country, 2,500 mile, 4 day rally in cars bought for less than £500 – hense the “rust bucket” aspect. Although looking at the BMW Loz has got for the event, we’re not 100% that’s an apt description!
This adventure is all in aid of a charity called ‘Ups n Downs’ who support children with Downs Syndrome in Northamptonshire, one of them being Loz’s own little brother Charlie.
Loz is our finance man, so he’s good with numbers – hopefully that will be a skill needed as he counts up the sponsorship money!
If you would like to support this worthy cause, you can of course donate using this link – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LaurenceHoefling.
The premier league may be over – and very well done to Leicester, what a story that was – but there’s plenty of football left to come this summer!
Emirates FA Cup Final
We are proud to have been selected as an official retailer for the Emirates FA Cup Final, and we will be posting out a huge volume of pre-orders on Wednesday 18th May. The final is Saturday 21st, so all pre-orders will reach you before the game.
Will have limited supplies left, so if you’re a Crystal Palace or Manchester United fan, these collectable official programmes will make for a great addition to your football memorabilia.
Get your copy here while stocks last!
We also have TWO different preview guides for the summer’s UEFA Euro Football Championshps.
Firstly we have the special edition of FourFourTwo magazine, with special edition covers for each of the home nations – select which cover you want and we’ll post it to you!
We also now have the OFFICIAL UEFA GUIDE – printed by Haymarket this glossy preview details all the 24 teams, plus if you are going to France, there’s a little about each of the cities holding games, so you’ll feel right at home.
Finding that perfect thoughtful gift can always be a chore – what do you get people these days when there’s so much choice but everyone already has so much?
Well with our deluxe gift boxes and growing range of magazines in all genres, you can put together a unique present with a few clicks of the mouse, and leave it to us to pick and pack your selection of magazines into our fantastic embossed gift boxes.
The boxes are very strong, and can hold four magazines easily. Just shop as normal, add a selection of magazines to your shopping cart that will delight and interest your intended present receiver, then on checkout, give us their address (if you want us to post direct of course), and tick the box which says “add gift box”. Leave the rest to us!
Are you ready for the most exciting tournament since 1958? We certainly are.
With the premier league won in a historical “never to be repeated” win by 5000-1 outsiders Leicester, British footy fans are starting to think about the upcoming Euro 2016 finals.
The British Isles will be represented by not one, not two, not three but four nations at Euro 2016 – the first time that has happened at a major tournament for fully 58 years. We’re determined to celebrate that fact, and in this month’s 442 magazine they have exclusive interviews with key men from each of those four countries.
In fact this month you’ll get two magazines in one bag. Not only will you be able to read England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland previews as part of your normal monthly fix of features in the main magazine, but you’ll also get an additional 68-page Euro 2016 guide – including interviews with stars from all 24 nations at the tournament.
England go into the tournament full of optimism and we speak to Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling to find out why it’s time for fans of the Three Lions to start dreaming big.
To celebrate the four nations qualifying, FourFourTwo magazine has commissioned four different covers for the Euro 2016 special preview issue, featuring a 68-page preview guide. We have all four in stock, you pick which one(s) you want and we’ll post them to you same day for free!
One of the ultimate challenges in sport, the US Masters, has started, and several UK golfers have put themselves in a good position after day 1. In the UK, the whole tournament is be shown live on Sky Sports 1HD, from April 7th-10th.
1. Jordan Spieth (-6): With his bogey-free 66, Speith became the first player in Masters history to the hold the outright lead in five consecutive rounds (including his 2015 wire-to-wire win) and became the first defending champion since Jack Nicklaus (1966) to hold the first-round lead. What we’re witnessing is remarkable. It’s Jordan’s course and Jordan’s tournament until proven otherwise.
T2. Danny Lee (-4): After a bogey on No. 7, Lee locked in and recorded four birdies on the next nine holes to finish just two strokes off the lead. Lee is in a good spot, teeing off at 9:26 a.m. ET on Friday.
T2: Shane Lowry (-4): Lowry was near the top of the leaderboard all afternoon after a hot start, so there’s as much focus on the opportunities missed (no birdies and one bogey on the final 10 holes) as the fact he’s done well enough to be two shots off the lead at the Masters.
T4. Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldsen, Sergio Garcia (-3): Casey will be back with Spieth on Friday for what should be the most-watched group of the day. The rest of the group will be interesting to track as conditions continue and just a few good or bad holes will slide them quickly into or out of contention. Rose, the runner-up a year ago, had the ball rolling well and carded six birdies, so I’d make him the most likely threat to Spieth out of this crowded crew.
For those waiting with baited breath for the new BBC Top Gear TV series, we have good news!
Below is the all new trailer, featuring fast cars, amazing driving, and the fantastic new presenters. Something tells us this series is going to surprise a few people (in a good way!). The ‘magnificent 7’ as they are being branded are; Chris Evans, Matt leBlanc, Eddie Jordan, German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, motoring journalist Chris Harris, Rory Reid who launched and presented for CNET’s Car Tech channel… oh and of course, Stig!
You can get the Top Gear Awards issue now, and also if you want to know more about the new presenters, you’ll want this copy with interviews with them all. If you are thinking about a new car this year, there’s even a Top Gear car guide available, as always with Mags Direct, postage is free in the UK.