Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Middle Stump's guide to the County season

Here, the Middle Stump looks at the forthcoming county season, along with bookies prices. Take our advice, get on the blower to your favourite Indian bookie and be quids in, come September!

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Lancy...can they repeat last year's heroics?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Class May Be Permanent But Form Wins You Championships

So the 2012 campaign is about to get underway; two jumpers a must at this time of year. A chilly county cricketer hit the nail on the head on twitter last week when he moaned: "love it when it's the first day of the season and I'm scraping ice off my car!" At The Middle Stump we are not worried about the cold, we are going to look back at last season and the players that were on fire!

This is a quick look at last season's run getters and wicket takers in Division 1 of the 2011 County Championship. In batting order, of course.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Lies, damned lies and statistics

I would just like to say thank you for the over whelming response to the Middle Stump and the feedback we have received, some good, some bad but you can't win em all! The statistics have been very impressive.

We have had views from all over the globe so far and we have got some fantastic articles for you in the next week, including an interview with one of the real characters of English cricket in the last 20 years!

I anyone fancies getting off their fat lazy arse, and writing an article then we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us via Twitter (The Middle Stump) or

Can you believe some teams are actually playing at the moment? In March! We had an Australian over at our club in the late 90's and his first game, played in April was played in 5-6 degrees centigrade. As he stood miserably at slip, thinking "What the fuck have I got myself into here?", I asked him if he'd ever played cricket in such chilly conditions. He replied "Mate, I've never even played rugby in weather this cold!"

Anyway, my point is, Middlesex and Kent played the other day at Beckenham and it is getting silly. Apparently the County season starts properly on April 5th and a quarter of the season in the County Championship will be played by early May. Football has been eating into the cricket seasons for years, but exacting your revenge is not the answer. A sharp slip catch in May can sting the old fingers, let alone March!

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Is this the future?

I have played in April in snow before, and let me tell you that getting one in the box off a little, nibbly seamer that nips one back into you is no fun whatsoever! Actually getting hit in the box is no fun whenever!

Why is it that when someone does get one in the box, that everyone in the whole ground thinks it is so funny, apart from the poor sod who actually gets hit? First you get the thud, then a two second delay where you think you have actually got away with it, before a feeling, which is a cross between wanting to have torrential diarrhoea and wanting to be sick, takes over. Meanwhile as you are going through this, everyone on the ground is pissing themselves laughing, umpires included.

An inside edge into the side of the kneecap, a drive into the ankle bone, and a top edge into the mouth all hurt a bit, but let me tell you, getting hit under the box, when it pushes everything northwards, is the worst experience a cricketer can go through!

One of the coaches at our club, always gets the youngsters to wear one, by telling an anecdote from the 70's - a time in club cricket, where men were men, and helmets were unheard of. Only nancy boys like Mike Brearley with that thing that went under his cap, wore protection. Our coach was playing in a game where this bloke wasn't wearing a box, and got hit in the venerable region. After a ten minute delay he carried on, only to be hit in the same place two balls later - an apt length of time, seeing as that's the part of his persona that was damaged - and he still wasn't wearing a box!

Anyway, unlike the cricketers of Kent and Middlesex, I am going to get my kit out of the attic, go for my first pre season net, and definitely check my box is in my kit, unlike that poor bloke from the 70's, who no doubt is still singing soprano to this day!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Amir - Guilty or Naive?

This is a guest article, albeit thought provoking from renowned blogger, the Thorpster. It discusses Mike Atherton's recent interview with the recently released Mohammed Amir. In it, Athers defends Amir as being naive...what's your verdict?

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Amir, Butt and Asif...all guilty or was there a ringleader?


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