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