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.


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


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