Friday, 21 December 2012

India Tour Report

It's the end of term, Joe Root has been allowed to wear his own clothes into school and bring his games in, and we look back on who had a good tour to India, and who needs detention. These guys have played through injuries, pain as well as the Delhi Belly which will give you a bum like a dragon's nostril! As we all know, England won the series 2-1 and we let you know who deserves their gold, frankincense and myrrh, and who should get just a lump of coal this Christmas.

Swanny... a good tour

Monday, 17 December 2012

Review of the fourth Test v India

A dour game of cricket on a pitch that surprisingly became easier to bat on, clinched the series 2-1 for Alastair Cook's men as they became the first English team to win a series in India since 1984-85.Quite frankly, unless you were English this Test had the entertainment value of a Nick Knight written comedy in conjunction with Charles Colville. The pitch at Nagpur should be renamed Pisspur because that was the type of cricket it produced. Why oh why, in the land of some wonderful food did they not prepare something a little spicier for what should have been, a feast of cricket?

Captain Cook...Man of the Series

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Cricketing and Footballing Comptons


As recently as the 1970's you had guys who played the great summer sport along with a winter one at serious levels. Chris Balderstone, Jim Cumbes, Arnie Sidebottom, Phil Neale and Ted Hemsley (when he wasn't in the bookies) all kicked the round ball whilst Alistair Hignell, Steve James and quite a few New Zealand cricketers handled the egg shaped one. Here Thorpster looks at a family who have some serious sporting talent including one who is opening the batting for England at the moment...A translation of the terminology is at the bottom of the page!

The Compdog...serious sporting pedigree

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Don't do it, Shane!

“You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has made and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.”

That is a quote from NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning; even though he comes from a totally different sport than what we write about here at The Middle Stump, it is apt in regards to the news that the (once) great Shane Warne has offered himself to Michael Clarke, hoping to be the talisman to take back the Ashes next summer.

Warne- going for another boundary...

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Review of the third Test v India

Like the musical Oh!Calcutta! which was a revue, we review the third test and whilst England will be ecstatic at Eden Gardens, India are staring into the famous black hole. England brought in Ian Bell and the fit again Steven Finn and deservedly dropped Stuart Broad and maybe not so deservedly Jonny Bairstow after their win in Mumbai. The Middlesex quickie certainly justified his place as he bowled with the venom we have lacked all series from our pacemen, even rejuvenating his partner James Anderson.

England's highest ever hundred maker

Friday, 7 December 2012

The Middle Stump's Christmas Quiz - answers

Here are the answers to our Christmas Quiz for those of you that can be bothered as you awake from no doubt, a miserable hangover! Most of the stories and answers can be found in our book Cricket Banter, out next April via The History Press. We think you'll find it more entertaining than a Chris Tavare fifty...just!


Out next April




Monday, 3 December 2012

The X Factor

Thorpster is back and questions Graham Gooch and England's obsession of picking seam bowlers in spin friendly conditions. He also has a pop at numerous celebrities along the way, in keeping with our style here at The Middle Stump.

Gooch...Fitness first?

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Atmospheric Arenas

"Oh what an atmosphere, I love a party with a happy atmosphere" sang the oh so hilarious Russ Abbott back in the mid eighties, and here at The Middle Stump we love a cricket ground with a good atmosphere. In this article we have a look at our favourite venues around the world.

Dharmasala...surreal

Monday, 26 November 2012

Review of the second Test v India

"A week is a long time in politics" said Harold Wilson many years ago, and it seems much longer if you are an England cricketer. The trouncing in Ahmedabad was reversed as England beat India by ten wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Jonny Bairstow, resplendent in his Movember came into the side, whilst a man with slightly more facial hair who bowls a bit of left arm spin also returned, and proceeded to pick up a mere eleven wickets. Lazarus has made less dramatic comebacks than the Lord of Luton!

The Sikh of Tweak

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Exclusive...Cricket Banter

Out in April 2013
This is the cover of our new book which will give you even more laughs than watching the Aussies get rolled throughout next year, and is out in April 2013 via The History Press. We'll keep you updated as to where and when you can get your hands on one.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Characters of Cricket

At the Middle Stump, we love a character and a good bit of cricket banter. Having opened the batting for Middlesex and won County Championship titles with them in the famous side including Gatting, Brearley and company, it is obvious Richard Ellis knows his cricket. However when we caught up with the ex Oxford University, Middlesex and Gloucestershire player recently, we were in stitches at some of the stories he was telling us. Not all of them can be used for such a classy publication such as this, but here Richard gives us the low down on his own touring party and why they would be in the side;

Richard shows us his Movember

Monday, 19 November 2012

Review of the first Test v India

So, the dust has settled and I thought it was wise to let a little time pass since my anger on Saturday morning, before I let the poisonous rhetoric flow from my keyboard. Judging by the outcry on social media, the selectors seem to be the devil incarnate and these things have been blown out of all proportion. However, I refuse to use the term blown with a yet another cheap gag at Tulisa's expense, but I will add that most of the country was as furious with the England cricket administration, as the X Factor judge was with other administrators who have recently closed down her beloved JJB Sports!

Captain Cook

Sunday, 18 November 2012

DRS?

So it’s the end of day four of the 1st Test between India and England, the game is still very much in the balance with England needing to dig in and take pride and hopefully a draw out of the game.

It could have been a different story, however. Alistair Cook, Nick Compton, Matt Prior and Samit Patel all adjudged not out by the umpire. That’s not a problem though, just take it upstairs?



Thursday, 15 November 2012

Movember Message from the Cricket Family


A few weeks back, the boys from The Middle Stump were persuaded to donate their top lip to charity for the great cause of Movember, to promote awareness of Men's Health via the Cricket Family. Liam is now looking like Freddie Mercury, albeit two weeks before he died, whilst Dan could easily fit in to the Liverpool football team of the 1980's, if only he didn't have two left feet!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Match Pint's guide on how to cope with an Indian Bunsen


With England being ‘unceremoniously’ dumped off the top spot of the World Test Rankings (we’ll ignore the mace, for now), the question on everybody’s lips is: “how are they going to regain that number 1 status?” Ahead of their four match series in India, however, the omens aren’t good: England have had a decidedly indifferent twelve months and they’re facing a top-class Indian outfit revelling in home conditions. Finally, on their last visit to the sub-continent, they were found well and truly wanting against both the world-class spinners and part-time pie-chuckers of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Freddie the Fighter


We all know Freddie Flintoff as a cheeky chappy, pedalo stealing all-rounder who helped change the fortunes of the England cricket side with his fast bowling and hard hitting. In 2005 he was at the peak of his game and the leading cricketer in the game. Since his retirement from cricket in 2010, Flintoff, who played in 79 Test matches and 141 one-day internationals, has decided to pursue another career in boxing.

Freddie the Fighter

Friday, 2 November 2012

Aggro with Aggers


"It's a sad day for everyone involved in English cricket. Is it really that cricket is getting so greedy that everyone who wants to come and report on the game for the good of the game is going to have to be charged for it?"


Aggers here with Boycs

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Bat to the Future 2

Our man Thorpster did a very popular feature on cricket bats from the 80's back in the summer, and here he has a look at other retro gear we were wearing on the cricket pitch, back in those halcyon days.

Mike Hendrick in his day job

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Our guide to the CLT20 - more popular than porn?

If sport is ruled by money these days, as opposed to history or rivalry, then the biggest event in cricket is taking place right at this very moment out in South Africa. Yes folks, the Champions League T20 tournament featuring the best T20 sides in the world are thrashing it out for a share in the $US 6 million prize money. Judging by our new search engine, T20 has become the second highest reason why people visit our site, behind pornography of all things (I kid you not), as opposed to cricket, and the success of the shorter format of the game can not be ignored. Here we give you a run down, ok maybe more of a thick edge, to the sides competing and as always give you the tips that will enable you to take some money from your favourite illegal Indian bookie...However we also have a pop at those running world cricket, and ask are we in danger of selling the game down the river just for a few extra rupees?

Narine...forced to play for Kolkata and not T&T

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Jolly Boys Outing

Thursday morning was the coming together of the TMS’ when The Middle Stump popped down to ‘an undisclosed location’ and met up with Test Match Sofa. Fun was had, beer was drunk and of course we were close to over stepping the mark!

Photo: It's all getting a bit too much for us here at Sofa Towers. Can NZ do it!? #WT20 http://instagr.am/p/QFL5TyIb9r/
The Middle Stump's Dan and Hendo discuss a photo tweeted in of Martin Guptill's foot, whilst Liam and a blurry Max look on in astonishment

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Middle Stump on Test Match Sofa

On Thursday 27th September, Dan Whiting and Liam Kenna, the boys behind the Middle Stump will be on www.testmatchsofa.com. Click on the link, or on their logo to the right of this and you can listen to their dulcet tones from around 10.45am for New Zealand v Sri Lanka, followed by England v West Indies at 3pm. We'll try not to swear...much!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sports Fans are last on the list


Thorpster has a rant at the ICC, the Dubai Dough Trouserers, and sports bodies in general putting television money and other stuff before the needs of the genuine sports fan. The scheduling of the ICC T20 in Sri Lanka, slap bang in the middle of their rainy season is madness, and I have to agree with him...

Is this the future?

Friday, 21 September 2012

County Championship 2012 in Stats (Division One)

The 2012 County Championship season has been and gone. We’ve had low scores, high scores, wickets galore and a lot of rain! Players have been dropped, moved clubs mid-season and we’ve even seen a cameo from KP. So who were the men in the runs, the wicket takers and top stumpers? We take a look…


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

KP45?

Thorpster looks at the whole KP issue and in a thought provoking piece, argues that Kevin Pietersen and Cristiano Ronaldo aren't the baddies they are made out to be, they are just poorly advised. The real villains are the likes of Salman Butt, Hansie Cronje and co who have done far more damage to the game of cricket, than the likes of Pietersen.

KP...earning rupees

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

ICC T20 preview

The ICC T20 preview kicks off in Sri Lanka this week and anyone could win it this year. In a tournament more open than the legs of your average Jeremy Kyle teenage girl guest, The Middle Stump predicts the winners about as well as these characters predict who the father will be of the their forthcoming child! Like these girls on a Sunday morning, I don't predict anyone, or the trophy, going down under, it will no doubt be won by a side from the subcontinent, but here we look at who has a chance of winning the tournament.

Wickets have been predicted to be quicker and bouncier than the ones we have seen in this part of the world recently, but I still think that the ability to be able to play spin will be key to whoever wins the tournament. So get on the blower to your favourite Indian bookie, and read on...

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Division One bound?

The 2012 County Season has come and gone but cricket fans are already looking forward to next season. Social Network sites and forums are filled with predictions on who should go and who they need to bolster their promotion hopes or challenge for the Division One title. It’s not just the supporters that are looking ahead…

Harris...hands up if you're Division One bound

Friday, 14 September 2012

Reed all about it

The Middle Stump like to cover cricket from all angles - from international, to county to club cricket, so we got an exclusive here with Neil Haslam, scorer for Reed Cricket Club and winners of the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup Final at Lord's on Sunday. Read here for Neil's account on a special day for a very well run and hospitable cricket club, but may we also add our commiserations to Woodhouse Grange CC, although I am sure they still had a fabulous day. With Hertfordshire getting to the Minor Counties final last year, and now one of their clubs winning this prestigious trophy, never has the game been stronger in this small, but cricket fanatical county.


Reed skipper James Heslam lifts the trophy

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

England's India selection headaches

Guest blogger, Tom Huelin, reports on the problems England selectors face leading up to the tour to India...

Oh what it is to be an England selector! For 18 months or so, Andrew Strauss, Geoff Miller and Andy Flower could do no wrong as England won the Ashes down under for the first time in 24 years, a first limited overs title in the shape of the ICC World T20 trophy in 2010, and moved to the top of the ICC test match rankings with a crushing 4-0 home series victory against India in 2011.

Flower & Strauss - Had it easy


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

For great cricket, follow the Bears

Warwickshire wrapped up the County Championship last week with a resounding win in the West Midlands derby against Worcestershire, and with it confirmed their place as County Champions.

2012 Champions

The Curse of The Middle Stump

Curses come in all shapes and forms. Look back at a certain children's film, and the Princess Fiona was a beautiful woman until a curse overnight left her looking ugly, or was that because Shrek had sobered up, I can't remember? Then there is the curse of the Kennedys, the most famous incident of which was someone had their head blown off, in a very different manner from Tulisa's boyfriend.

In fact talking of which, have you noticed that these guys all have three names? James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth etc etc. If you think I'm doing a Q and A with Toby Roland Jones, you lot have got another thing coming!

Roland Jones...no Q and A

Monday, 10 September 2012

Julian Assange


In our upcoming book, Cricket Banter we give our guide to terminology and cricket speak. An Assange is a batsman who refuses to accept the umpires decision. Here Thorpster gives us his take on the Australian currently hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy...

At least Gower could leave this balcony

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The National Village Cup Final

On Sunday 9th September, two club cricket sides will have the day of their lives, as they step out at Lord's to compete in the National Village Cup Final, sponsored by Yorkshire Tea. Reed from Hertfordshire, take on Woodhouse Grange CC who are based just outside York, and we will be documenting the day out in an exclusive next week, from the Reed perspective.

Let's hope the sponsors show no bias towards Woodhouse Grange CC

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Andrew Strauss we salute you

Today has been a very sad day for English cricket. Andrew Strauss, a fine leader, a fine batsman, the leading outfield catcher for his country and most notably, one of the gentleman of English cricket retired today from all forms of cricket. With the England captaincy, you either get the sack or you resign if you're lucky. This was on his terms, and not many people get applauded on their way out by the press. Strauss did.

Strauss

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Cricket on a Summer Holiday

Ever tried to follow the cricket from abroad? It can be a nightmare of huge proportions. Here Thorpster, the man who takes more holidays than Judith Chalmers, tells us about the problems of trying to follow the Lord's Test match from his holiday in Croatia.

Sarah Jane Mee

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fantasy t20 - The Final Standings

Manager
Team Name
  Points
Royzan Ahamadeen Under Rated XI   2768
Roger Hill What No Guinness?   2003
Jack Davies Lickenem CC   1890
Scott Phillips Scotty's Scorchers    1635
Daniel Whiting Norfolk n Chance   1580
Dean Thomas Milkshake's Dragons   1569
Jason Blanden 18 All Out   1453
Jonathan Edwards The Real Jedward   1428
Tom Hodgson Caught & Bowled   1298
Pete Hayman Mulligan & O'hare   1280
Liam Kenna Leg Side Larry CC   1144

Under Rated XI

Taylor Notts   125
Adams Hampshire   192
Hildreth Somerset   295
Stirling Middlesex
324
       
Wright Sussex
468
Stokes Durham   287
       
Wessels Notts   140
       
Woakes Warwickshire
175
Batty Surrey   280
Dockrell Somerset
150
Phillips Essex   332


Friday, 24 August 2012

Stunning cricket grounds part 5

Another look here at some of our grounds that our friends and followers on Twitter have sent us in association with those good dudes down at Kingfisher. Prizes galore here -  www.facebook.com/kingfisher or on Twitter @www.twitter.com/kingfisherbeer - so why not give them a follow...they go down a treat with this recent hot weather, I tell you. Keep sending us the pics of your beautiful cricket grounds, and we will put them all up eventually. Twitter account is @themiddlestump or we have a facebook page too now. If one hasn't got the time to mess around on social media, you can just e mail us at info.themiddlestump@gmail.com. We want to hear from you!



Wednesday, 22 August 2012

No more Number One

With England failing to win at Lord's today, we have lost our number one status. From the sporting highs of the Olympics, normal service has resumed with the money grabbing, diving antics of Premiership players, along with the mind numbing crap that is X Factor back on our screens, and England losing at cricket.

Smith...a great skipper

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tom Maynard Charity Cycle Ride

The cricketing cognoscenti are amazing when it comes down to it, and certain members of the community are proving this by getting on their arses and cycling from Cardiff to the Kia Oval to raise funds for the Tom Maynard Trust.

Rumours Steve James is at the back of the pack are completely unfounded

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Onions takes 9-67

After arriving at the ground during the lunch break, after his release from England duties, Graeme Onions bowled his heart out on day one of the Division One clash between Durham and Nottinghamshire. After his drive up from Lord’s to Trent Bridge he produced career best figures of 9-67. He even had a hand in the 10th wicket by running out Luke Fletcher.



Monday, 13 August 2012

Bad Boys of Cricket- Part One

We got a lot of positive feedback from our Ugly Cricketers and our Cricket Fatties so now we bring you the cricket bad boys. Here is our look at three crazy men who have played the game...

1. Chris Lewis

The man who threw it all away. He played 32 Tests for England and 53 one-day internationals, he had the perfect physique for a sportsman and raw talent to boot. In his playing days he turned up to training late and often played the fool. In the Caribbean in January 1994, he got sunstroke after shaving his head and fielding without a sunhat. This led to the Sun newspaper labelling him the "Prat without the Hat". He missed the next test!

It was in 2009 that the proverbial hit the fan. Lewis was convicted of smuggling cocaine into the country, with a street value of £140,000, from the Caribbean.

He was jailed for 13 years.



Sunday, 12 August 2012

More amazing grounds- International style

Recently we have been doing a feature on club grounds throughout the UK in association with our good friends down at Kingfisher. Here we have a look at a few of the international venues that have caught our eye. Keep sending them in to us, and we'll be back to the UK grounds as soon as we can...




Friday, 10 August 2012

Andy Flower Says YES to Factor 50

Andy Flower OBE has confirmed that he will continue to support skin cancer patient group Factor 50 for a further year.


Andy Flower & Gillian Nuttall


Flower, who underwent surgery in 2010 to remove a melanoma from underneath his right eye became an Ambassador to the support group in the summer of 2011 and in April 2012 took part in the London Marathon, sharing part of the funds that he raised with Factor 50.

In the last year, NICE (The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) have rejected two groundbreaking drugs and therefore the campaign for skin cancer awareness is now paramount in trying to control the increase.

Speaking recently, Flower said, “It wasn’t a hard decision for me to continue in my role as Ambassador to Factor 50. They do an excellent job in patient support, fund raising and raising awareness of the dangers of the sun. I wish them continued success in the coming year and who knows, another marathon might be on the cards!”

Gillian Nuttall, founder of Factor 50 is delighted that Andy has agreed to support Factor 50 for a further period.   Commenting on this, Gillian says, “Factor 50 has made some great progress in the last year and a lot of support has been from the cricket community – this is largely due to having a legend like Andy Flower as our Ambassador and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to support us for another year.”

Factor 50 will be conducting an online poll of consumers over the next 6 months in an attempt to gain a clearer understanding of the attitude of consumers towards the dangers of the sun and skin cancer. With the increase in skin cancer in young people set to increase over the next few years this survey will form the backbone for an educational and awareness campaign. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

8,9,10, Ferret

These days in International cricket almost everybody can hold a bat and can contribute in one way or another, whether it be chipping in with some quick runs or digging in and helping out a top order batsman save a game, draw one or getting him to his fifty or hundred. This has not always been the case however and we showcase the men who didn’t, and some that still don’t, know which end to hold.

So who is the worst batsman in history?

Not THAT Chris Martin!


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Dumb Slog Millionaire

Kevin Pietersen and his continuing game of cat and mouse with the ECB looks like handing the series to his native country of South Africa, unless a monumental effort in the deciding Lord's test swings the series back towards the hosts. Pietersen yesterday hinted in an interview with Jon Agnew that, "I love playing Test cricket for England, but there are obstacles in the way". Since the IPL, there have been issues with the Durban born player, but is there something more sinister at heart, and is the England dressing room in danger of imploding?

KP...new tattoo needed?

Monday, 6 August 2012

Right on Target

Here at the Middle Stump, we have gone Olympics nuts. Like mosquitoes on a nudist beach, we don't know which sport to have a nibble at, and Thorpster took a trip down to HQ in NW8 for a look at the archery. 

We always like a visit to a sparsely populated Mound


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The loneliness of the long distance club cricketer

A few weeks ago we published an article debating whether it was time to end Lord MacLaurin’s experiment with ECB Premier Leagues at the top end of the club game. Last week’s article "Oppo speak" also appears to have struck a chord with club cricketers across the land and was even debated on cricket writers on TV by Lancastrian Legend Walt Allot and the Lord of Lords Mike Selvey. Now Thorpster is back with more…


Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The drugs don't work

Cricket has always been a game where those not of a successful nature, have a lot of time on their hands. Me...I'm like a rolex! However, temptation has got the better of one or two of our players over the years, although I think educational work by people like the PCA and the fact that more money has come into the county game, meaning that people have more to lose, has helped bring down the numbers of people caught.

Merson was helped with his addictions whilst cricketers were sacked

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Why not Woakes?

With Ravi Bopara missing the second Test match against South Africa due to personal problems and the fact that Jonny Bairstow is obviously not the man the England selectors want to take it to the frightfully impressive Proteas bowling attack, James Taylor finally gets a chance to show us what he can bring to the middle order. Is he the man for the job though?



Oppo speak - the aftermath

Our article last week by Thorpster regarding talking to the opposition (http://www.themiddlestump.com/2012/07/oppo-speak-is-it-dying-art.html), has certainly made people sit up and take notice, and the response on Twitter was overwhelming. Even Paul Allott mentioned us on Cricket Writers on TV this morning, although did say "going home" instead off "pissing off home" like Percy did twenty years ago. He also said he had never heard of the terminology "Oppo speak" either, but whatever it is called in your part of the country Walt, it certainly seems it is on its deathbed. Here, starts the campaign to bring back Oppo Speak into clubhouses throughout Britain.

Walt...had never heard of the phrase "oppo speak"


Saturday, 28 July 2012

A massive thank you

When myself and Liam started this blog on March 23rd 2012, it was for a laugh, a bit of a joke and a bit of fun. Today we have just had our 50,000th hit on the site, and quite frankly, we're stunned. After a few weeks, Liam said we might get 30,000 hits by September. I told him not be so bloody stupid.

Sometimes, we have sailed too close to the mark, sometimes we have nearly got on the wrong end of lawyers and sometimes we have over tweeted, but we just want to say a massive thank you to a few people who have helped us raise our bat for this landmark.

Firstly, we would like to thank the Thorpster for his contributions and some of his articles have been very popular. Secondly, Gill Nuttall from Factor 50, a human dynamo and someone who works tirelessly for an extremely good cause who has given us access to some of the professionals, along with the comedic genius that is Graeme Fowler. Foxy, you're a star. To the other pros and ex pros, who always help us - Paul Nixon, Mike Selvey, Steve James, Gareth Rees, Rikki Clarke and countless others who we can't all name personally. To Marcus and the cricket family as well, legends!

Along our journey we have met numerous new friends, and we look forward one day to meeting you all personally. Some areas of the UK we have massive support, the West Country and South Wales in particular and you have been fantastic, helping us and joining in with our brand of banter! We've had some laughs, we've had some tears but we love what we do, and hope that our book which comes out next April via the History Press gives you all plenty of laughs. It's got some outstanding banter in it, not yet seen on the site.

To anyone who has followed, or ever retweeted, we love you and you keep us going!

Thanks again.

Dan and Liam (The Middle Stump)

The best grounds in Britain part 4

Another look here at some of our grounds that our friends and followers on Twitter have sent us in association with those good dudes down at Kingfisher. Prizes galore here -  www.facebook.com/kingfisher or on Twitter @www.twitter.com/kingfisherbeer - so why not give them a follow...they go down a treat with this recent hot weather, I tell you. Keep sending us the pics of your beautiful cricket grounds, and we will put them all up eventually. Twitter account is @themiddlestump or we have a facebook page too now. If one is not a social networker, you can just e mail us at info.themiddlestump@gmail.com. We want to hear from you!





Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The most beautiful grounds in Britain: Part 3

Over the next few weeks, we are going to publish our favourite cricket grounds in the UK, in conjunction with those great people from Kingfisher. Sit back, pour yourself a cold Kingfisher and admire the stunning cricket grounds on offer in England's (and Scotland's) green and pleasant land. You don't just have to have one in your local Indian restaurant you know, and you can also win some great prizes by following them on www.facebook.com/kingfisher or on Twitter @www.twitter.com/kingfisherbeer. If you think your ground should be included then send us a photo on Twitter @themiddlestump or e mail us at info.themiddlestump@gmail.com Here are the next five.






Tuesday, 24 July 2012

1st Test Review

It was billed as the battle of the bowling attacks; Steyn, Morkel and Philander against Anderson, Broad and Bresnan. Who came out on top? The batsmen of course!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Dressing Room Dialect

Cricket, once home of the wittiest banter sport has seen, is now often just a place for abuse. It seems to have followed society, as our good old friend Thorpster points out here in his latest article.

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Athers...recently the subject of some not so witty banter