Monday, 20 March 2017

The Cricketer's Daughter

Apologies I haven't written for a while...a new job has been keeping me out of mischief. However my daughter had to write something for a University assignment, so she wrote this about growing up in a cricket club. It's a great piece and encapsulates what cricket clubs up and down the land are about; a sense of community, of being part of something and the cricket family. Have a read...

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Bec as a 4 year old...why do kids like flipping the top of pads?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Flat Track Bullies

"It's a batsman's game" so the old saying goes but having a look around the world, it really is starting to look that way. 400 is the new 300 in One Day Cricket, scores of 200 aren't safe in T20 cricket and we even saw a 223 chased down recently in the Big Bash. But is it all becoming a bit boring? Is cricket in danger of killing the goose that is laying the golden egg? Bigger bats, tracks as flat as the lager served up at Lord's and boundaries that make the KwikCricket kids ones look big at times are all part of the reason. But are we getting a bit bored of it all?

The Big Bash and all that razzamatazz

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Modern Day Dream

When I was a kid it was my ambition to play cricket for England. Sadly, I wasn't good enough. The dream of pulling on those three Lions is replicated around the world. The Baggy Green of Australia, the Maroon of the West Indies, or the Protea of South Africa will be the ultimate goal to thousands of children in their respective countries. Yet the modern day player seems to be putting money before the jersey and I find it sad that the innocence of the childhood dream is being taken away; not to mention the opportunities for home grown youngsters.

Kyle Abbott

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Ones to watch in 2017

OK so you know the drill by now. Each year on New Year's Day, we pick the up and coming youngsters who will be ones to watch over the coming year. Like Wisden, previous players mentioned will not be on these pages, although Wisden and the Middle Stump are rarely spoken about in the same sentence. Some of our previous mentions have made it - Haseeb Hameed, Ben Duckett and others have graced this column previously, whilst some fall by the wayside - that's the nature of professional sport. Anyway, read on and see which ones we think will go much further in the game.

Hameed...one of our ones to watch in previous years

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Review of the 5th Test in India

Right, I've got the raging Ivana, as we say in North London. England finished off this shambles of a tour with a shambles of a performance. The last hour was a disgrace. It was a dereliction of duty. This Test summed up England's tour - chasing leather for much of it, clueless on how to take wickets and yet again, negative, turgid cricket from Bayliss and Cook followed by a meek surrender to a spinner. Unless your name is Karun Nair, the following will make grim reading as this was probably the most boring Test I have seen for a while on a surface that made Mother Teresa look aggressive. We still managed to get bowled out twice on it though. This is the review of the 5th Test from Chennai...

M.A Chindambaram Stadium

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Go Selecta

England have lost the series. It's 3-0 at present and soon to be 4-0. Stranger things have happened but I am expecting as much out of Chennai as Stevie Wonder's eye. Visionary? Not if you are an England selector. This tour has been a shambles from the moment that the party was picked. The Lions aren't much better to be honest and I get emails and tweets on a daily basis that certain counties' players are overlooked. The authors may well have a point. The County Championship is sponsored by Specsavers; apt, as there has been some myopic thinking on this tour. If the selectors aren't doing their job then is it time for them to go?

Whitaker...under pressure

Monday, 12 December 2016

Review of the 4th Test in India

Let's just say it took me longer to write this article than it did for England to capitulate this morning. We all knew it was going to happen but the manner of it was so disappointing. England have been outplayed by an excellent Indian side and in Virat Kohli (or "that fucking Kohli" as he is known in my house and many in the UK, no doubt. Nothing against Virat, he's just too good for us), they have a world class player. England lost the match and the series in Mumbai, as this one passed them by. Are England that bad? Are India that good? In home conditions, they are. It was the game of crucial drops, of missed opportunities and Jennings and Kohli cashed in. This was the review of Mumbai...

Wankhede Stadium

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Lazy Man's/Woman's Christmas Present!

Want to get the old man something for Christmas? Can't be arsed wading through Christmas shoppers? Save money on shoe leather and parking fees and The Middle Stump can sort out your Christmas present right here and now for less than a tenner. Just picture his face as he opens one the best selling cricket books on the market, instead of the usual Eau De Bolleaux cologne set that you normally get him. And what's more, I'll even send him/her a personalised message. It will even keep the old sod occupied over Boxing Day too!


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Review of the 3rd Test in India

England had their pants pulled down and their bums smacked in the Third Test in Mohali. Despite winning the toss, England threw away any advantage on the first morning with some shocking shots. Injuries and temper tantrums from certain players won't hide the fact that this was a listless performance from England. Tiredness and the tour to Bangladesh won't wash with me, we picked the wrong players in the first place. This wasn't a straight jab in the Punjab, it was a left cross, a straight right and an upper cut that left England battered and bruised. This was a Test that left England fans sikh to the stomach. It was a total Honey G of a performance as India took this one by eight wickets.

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali