Thursday, 31 May 2012

The King of Herts

At The Middle Stump, we are interested in all types of cricket, not just the professional game, but our recent article on players getting paid concentrated on club cricket. Here we catch up with one of the stalwarts of the Minor Counties game, Hertfordshire captain Andy Lewis.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Cricket Mercenaries

After picking up the brand spanking new thecricketpaper three weeks ago (which I got free as the silly cashier at Sainsbury’s thought it was a supplement with the Telegraph!) I noticed that their coverage of the Premier League’s across the country was second to none.

What amazed me this week was how many ex county players are still turning out at a good standard. It is not just former players either, there are a plethora of current stars plying their trade in the top club divisions, there are even a few Internationals too.

The Rise of JM Anderson

Jimmy Anderson has come a long way in the last 10 years. From dodgy barnets to a change in action. The Middle Stump reporter Tom Huelin brings us more on the rise of the Burnley Express...

Monday, 28 May 2012

Review of the 2nd Test v West Indies

 The West Indian top four scored 84 runs here in their both innings, to add to their paltry 130 at Lord's. Whilst they continue to fail, they will never score enough runs,even whilst the likes of Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy dig them out of holes, like they did here at Trent Bridge. Quite frankly, they are as useful as Anne Franks' drum kit!
England's talisman...a fine all round performance

Thursday, 24 May 2012


Kevin Pietersen's outburst on Twitter has split the cricketing community wide open, after his comments regarding former Essex, Warwickshire and England opener, turned commentator, Nick Knight.
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Mr Smooth

"Can somebody tell me how Nick Knight has worked his way into the commentary box for home tests?? RIDICULOUS" he tweeted. Now whether you are a fan of Knight's smooth chino wearing style or not, and we are not here at The Middle Stump, although that is irrelevant, KP being fined is ridiculous, and yet another example of players these days not being allowed freedom of speech. No wonder the characters of the game are dying out?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Is picking Tino the Best move?

Archangel Gabriel has picked up a knock and sadly will not take part in either of the two remaining Tests in England. He has been replaced with the returning Tino Best.

A review of the first Test

It started off with the everyone in England thinking the Windies were going to be spanked like a middle aged man at Frank Bough's place in the 80's, and in the end turned out a lot closer than we all thought.
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The Limpet

Monday, 21 May 2012

England's Depth (part two)

A week ago, we looked at the young player's coming through the system in England, and we were very pleased with the number of names out there. This week, we look at the run scorers - the chaps who are going to score us the runs when the likes of Strauss and Co are retired, and the future is similarly bright.
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Root...the next Michael Vaughan?

Sunday, 20 May 2012

How to solve a problem like Glamorgan

This season has not started off too well for me. An injured back signifying that I can’t take my place at the top of the innings for my club and continue to be a free flowing joy to watch! Watching Chanderpaul dribble his way to runs in the first test hasn’t cheered me up, nor has Glamorgan’s start to the season.

I’m a Glamorgan fan. There you go – I’ve admitted it.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Runs galore for quality overseas

A few weeks ago, I condemned overseas players. Players coming over who were not good enough, past their best or simple inexperienced. 
I was wrong.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Cricket- more exciting than baseball?

Alex Bysouth, a friend of The Middle Stump, takes a look at cricket and America’s insistence that it is not as exciting as baseball.  Alex is not a keen cricketer (although he once hit a six in to the tennis courts in a charity match) and he is not a baseball fan, but since falling in love with a girl from across the pond, he gives us his view on the two sports.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Unofficial Testing Times

I was reading in the press the other day about the strength of Australia’s “A” side who are coming over this summer to play two unofficial tests against our Lions.

A side captained by current test opener Ed Cowan and containing James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Johnson is a sign that the Australian’s are putting some serious time and effort in to their second string.
Captain Cowan

Thursday, 10 May 2012

When Irish eyes are smiling...

Irish cricket is currently the strongest it has ever been. Did you know there are more Irish qualified players playing in the LVCC, than there are West Indian and Pakistani combined? No? Us neither! Some of them such as Tim Murtagh and George Dockrell have already had very impressive starts to the 2012 campaign, whilst more and more of their younger players are breaking into county sides.

We caught up with Cricket Ireland Media Manager, Barry Chambers who gave us an insight into their success, as well as their aspirations to be the next Test playing nation. Go on ICC, they deserve it, and besides can you imagine the Barmy Army on the "craic" in Dublin?

Ireland...recent winners of the ICC World T20 Trophy 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

County Round Up Week 4

Not a lot happened really due to this wonderful "drought" of ours at present, apart from Worcestershire taking a gamble on a green one at Lord's against probably the best seam attack in the country, and getting turned over quicker than Graham Norton on a Friday night. That's the tv, not Graham himself, although...Yorkshire also smashed Leicestershire thanks to Jonny Bairstow.
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Bairstow...a big ton!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Windies woes?

Yesterday, we looked at the might of the West Indies back in the 70's and 80's when they were in their prime. Here, Liam looks at this year's tourists and finds them an extremely different proposition.

So the West Indies have arrived in blighty. Well some of them! Visa problems meaning that they only had eleven fit players available for their opening tour match against Sussex.

Sammy and what could be his saviour this summer - Rain!

"Windies facing problems" is the headline and boy are they in a pickle right now...

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Seduced by Slimy Stanford

The Middle Stump's guest blogger, Thorpster, gives us his take on slimeball, Allen Stanford and a few other businessmen who, over the years, have professed to be the "saviour" of their club or game, whilst actually being ethically barely higher up than a snake's arse!

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The boys at The Middle Stump caught up with Stanford

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Not so Minor Counties

Paul Joseph McMahon
Paul McMahon

At the Middle Stump, we like people from all walks of cricket, although we also like cricketers that walk, like we do, errr sometimes. So we caught up with ex England under 19 skipper, Paul McMahon, who is the captain of Minor Counties side, Cambridgeshire, and Paul gave us the low down on what is happening in that form of cricket at the moment. His side, Cambridgeshire are one of the up and coming sides in that form of the game, winning their division in 2011 before missing out on a day at Lord's last year.The Minor Counties need supporting, and in some cases get even more press coverage from their local paper than the first class boys. If you have a day to spare, and your Minor County is playing nearby, go along and have a look, you might just be surprised at the quality of cricket on offer.

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