Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Overkill?

For those of you who are regular readers, I have recent been writing about the problems that face club cricket at present and an article in The Cricket Paper recently has drawn much debate regarding the number of juniors who are turning their back on the game. The following, thought provoking article was sent to me by a chap called Adrian Butters who plays his cricket up in sunny Staffordshire. Adrian wonders if we are playing too much cricket at a junior level and it is an interesting point. It's definitely worth a read...

Lloyd...trading blows

Saturday, 6 January 2018

A Clear Blue Sky - Book Review

Twenty years ago yesterday, an eight year old boy came home from school with his sister Becky and found that the man he looked up to, adored and even idolised had committed suicide. That boy is now playing his 50th Test match for England, the pinnacle of his dreams and his career. So it is only fitting that I review the brilliant new book by Jonny Bairstow and Duncan Hamilton called A Clear Blue Sky. I have to say it is one of the most moving and honest books that I have ever had the fortune of picking up.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Ones to watch in 2018

So we do this every year. We have a look at who will be the names to look out for in 2018. We look into the magical crystal ball we have here at Stump Towers (not Trump Towers) - sort of like Doris Stokes to pick out the next Ben Stokes. Sometimes we get it right - Haseeb Hamed, Toby Roland Jones and many others who have represented their country. Other times we get numerous names such as "that Joe Root at Yorkshire has got a good chance of making it in 2018". These are the guys who are on the fringes of their county sides, the ones that you will hear more about and these are our ones to look out for in 2018.

Tector...quality

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Review of the 4th Test in Australia

So the famous Boxing Day test hey? When Australians turn out in their thousands and bash the Poms all over the place. Well it didn't exactly go to script and it was the home side who hung on for a draw in the end. A pitch so placid that it made Mother Theresa of Calcutta look like a violent psychopath ruined the game whilst the hatred, the Pom Bashing by the Aussie press and the verbals continued. Oh and there was a career saving knock by the Chef, whilst Steve Smith broke English hearts to go along with the countless mirrors during his lifetime. This was the Melbourne Test match...

The G...iconic venue

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

England in Good Health?

There was an article the other day, written by the excellent George Dobell on ESPN Cricinfo where the ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison announced that the English game is in good health. I read in amazement at either how deluded this was or whether it was a load of spin trying to cover up for the plethora of mistakes made in recent years. I'm still not sure. One thing I do know though, is that the game is in a shocking state and the future of grass roots cricket worries me. Read on and I will tell you why...

Harrison...

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas, The Ashes and open the pumps...

Thorpster is back, fuming with England, Trevor Baseless and fraternising with Australians at his Christmas do...this is worth a chuckle or three.

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Baseless

Monday, 18 December 2017

Review of the 3rd Test in Australia

So it's gone. Faded away to distant memories - the WACA and the Ashes to be precise. The Ashes have returned to Australia, although technically speaking they are sitting in a museum not a million miles away from where I write this article. Australia have trounced England in all departments. They have been better, hungrier and wanted it more. England can make the right noises in the media but when it came down to it they were found wanting bar one or two. Meanwhile, I lost my temper on Twitter with some Aussie gloating. Never mind the Freemantle Doctor, no medic or weather could save England. This is my painful to write review of the 3rd Test...

Farewell WACA...you won't be missed by us Poms

Monday, 27 November 2017

Review of the 1st Test in Australia

Was this really carnage at the Gabbatoir? Was it really a ten wicket defeat? On paper yes, but it felt like England competed until it all spectacularly unravelled. This wasn’t a classic Test but was as absorbing as a Tena Pad. It was stop start – the Chris Jordan approach to the crease, the Gareth Gates soliloquy or a man with prostate problems trying to pee but god it was gripping. This was the Brisbane Test. Read on for our review…

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The Gabbatoir...

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Night Shift

The next few weeks are the hardest in the life of any English cricket fan. Trying to burn the candle at both ends, hold down a job and watch the live fortunes (or misfortunes) of England in the Ashes, isn't the easiest. Here we look at how a lifetime of such sleep deprivation has inflicted such pain, how the following of the Ashes has evolved and how to cope with such matters...

The root of lost sleep...

Monday, 2 October 2017

Kit

Here is a free chapter of The Definitive Guide to Club Cricket. We all have a team mate obsessed with kit and I am sure you can relate to the characters in this chapter. If you'd like to get your grubby mitts on all 57 chapters of the book you can do so by clicking the following link;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Definitive-Guide-Club-Cricket-ebook/dp/B01JOZAWRC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Have a read...