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…