Monday, 29 April 2013

County Round Up


While Queens Park Rangers and Reading were playing out one of the most mundane football matches in Premier League history yesterday, down at Taunton there was a thrilling encounter. Some may even say it was as unpredictable as my speech at the launch of Cricket Banter!

Buttler...hundred

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The launch of Cricket Banter

Not many book launches end up with both authors pissed as farts, sick all over the toilet floor and a post launch fight between the relatives of one of the writers! However, it all happened at the launch of Cricket Banter and a night to remember was held at a packed out Southgate Adelaide Cricket Club in North London last Thursday.



Saturday, 27 April 2013

Last chance to win a copy of Cricket Banter

This is the last in the series of competitions to celebrate the publication of our new book Cricket Banter! You will get 5 opportunities to get your hands on a copy signed by the authors, making you the envy of all your friends. No doubt these will be family heirlooms in the future when you pass them down to your grandchildren.





Starting from 11am on Saturday 27th April, we will be posting a photograph of cricketing stars giving each other a bit of chat on @themiddlestump. The last in our series will be the one above with Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels. 

In order to win a copy, all you have to do is prove how good your banter is!

Entering is as simple as beating the Australian team at present:

·         Tweet us @themiddlestump with your caption for the photograph. What is going on in the above photo? What is Warnie saying to Samuels or vice versa?

·         End the tweet with #CricketBanter.

·         The funniest and most banterful tweet will win, as judged by us of course!

The competition will last 24 hours, and the winners will be notified by DM on Twitter!

If you don’t win, or if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, visit The History Press website to get yours for £9.99. Happy tweeting, and keep it clean(ish).

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fair Dinkum?

Australia have just announced their squad for the Ashes this summer and the main talking point has been the selection of two 35 year olds in Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin. There has been a lot of people on Twitter putting the boot into the Aussie selectors but I personally feel they will be a much stronger side for their selection.

Buck Rogers

Monday, 22 April 2013

County Round Up Week 2

There were three games played in each division last week and here we give you the run down on what happened.

Gus Fraser

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Win a signed copy of Cricket Banter!

This is the fourth in the series of competitions to celebrate the publication of our new book Cricket Banter! You will get 5 opportunities to get your hands on a copy signed by the authors, making you the envy of all your friends. No doubt these will be family heirlooms in the future when you pass them down to your grandchildren


Opppss!! Naughty Umpire!!
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Starting from 11am on Saturday 20th April, and then on every Saturday of the month afterwards, we will be posting a photograph of cricketing stars giving each other a bit of chat on @themiddlestump. The fourth in our series will be the one above with the man who wrote the foreword to our book Cricket Banter, and an absolute legend who gave us a very funny interview, Mr Paul Nixon. 

In order to win a copy, all you have to do is prove how good your banter is!

Entering is as simple as David Gower made a cover drive look:

·         Tweet us @themiddlestump with your caption for the photograph. What is going on in the above photo? What is the umpire saying to Nico?

·         End the tweet with #CricketBanter.

·         The funniest and most banterful tweet will win, as judged by us of course!

The competition will last 24 hours, and the winners will be notified by DM on Twitter!

If you don’t win, or if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, visit The History Press website to get yours for £9.99. Happy tweeting, and keep it clean(ish).

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Prices for the LVCC

With the county game being so heavily subsidised by the ECB, there has been much talk recently about crowds in the media recently. I can't help feeling that counties could do a bit more to get crowds in by maybe dropping prices. Would a tenner entrance fee get bigger crowds, thus being able to flog one of those dodgy fleeces that they sell in the county shops in this cold weather? We had a look at certain prices what the counties are charging and if we have got this wrong then please, please get in touch and we'll put it right.

£26 to sit in the Pavilion here!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Cricket's Coaching Carousel


Thorpster has a look here at whether the coaches of our wonderful game will end up like those in football...

Lamb...more cuts than George Osborne

Monday, 15 April 2013

County Championship review

The County Championship is underway at last. We have given you the previews and who to put your well earned cash and mortgages on and here is a look at the opening round of matches, the winners, losers and rained on. You'll be pleased to know that in this round of cricket there was no fighting in the seats, no one tried to punch a police horse at any venue and no one had to listen to Andy Townsend.

Division One


Varun Chopra
Champions Warwickshire hosted newly promoted and relegation favourites, Derbyshire at Edgbaston. Winning the toss, Warks skipper, Jim Troughton stuck the lads from Derby in. 226 with an attacking 68 from number nine Tony Palladino would have left Derby feeling good, if not a little disappointed they didn’t push on after losing four wickets inside 20 minutes. There was no play on day two and little on days three and four, Warwickshire finishing up 201/4 in their first innings with openers Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood putting on 139.

Match drawn.


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Win a signed copy of Cricket Banter

This is the third in the series of competitions to celebrate the publication of our new book Cricket Banter! You will get 5 opportunities to get your hands on a copy signed by the authors, making you the envy of all your friends. No doubt these will be family heirlooms in the future when you pass them down to your grandchildren.





Starting from 11am on Saturday 6th April, and then on every Saturday of the month afterwards, we will be posting a photograph of cricketing stars giving each other a bit of chat on @themiddlestump. The third in our series will be the one above with Curtly Ambrose and Steve Waugh. In order to win a copy, all you have to do is prove how good your banter is!

Entering is as simple as clipping Mitchell Johnson through the leg side:

·         Tweet us @themiddlestump with your caption for the photograph. Why has Curtly got the raging Ivana? What is he saying to Steve Waugh or vice versa?

·         End the tweet with #CricketBanter.

·         The funniest and most banterful tweet will win, as judged by us of course!

The competition will last 24 hours, and the winners will be notified by DM on Twitter!

If you don’t win, or if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, visit The History Press website to get yours for £9.99. Happy tweeting, and keep it clean(ish). 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Banter with Blackie


Ian Blackwell has been one of the characters of cricket over the last sixteen years. A destructive batsman and a decent left arm spinner, his first career wicket was none other than Steve Waugh. With 11,000 first class runs and nearly 400 wickets, Blackie has made his mark on the game, both on and off the pitch. We caught up with the recently retired ex Derbyshire, Somerset, Durham and then Warwickshire man and discussed everything from his planned move into umpiring, the high fashion apparel of South Africans and that famous double hundred he scored. Read on for more...

Blackie

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Cold Cricket Grounds



Cricket is not a game to be played in weather conditions like we saw last week. The thought of standing freezing cold in the gulley, where you can't even walk in from to keep warm, and someone flashing a typical April long hop at you by an opening bowler who has banged it in all winter in the indoor nets, fills me with dread. The likes of Buxton CC, where in June 1975 where a game between Derbyshire and Lancashire got interrupted by snow are stuff of legend, but here Thorpster runs through a few other cold cricket grounds.

At what point of this game in Buxton do you think it snowed?

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Middle Stump Guide to Division 2

At The Middle Stump we love County Cricket. It has been much maligned by some serious scribes in the press in the last few days but it is what I have been brought up on, and trawling through the scorecards whilst having a cup of coffee and your morning dump, is one of life's luxuries. Here we look at Division Two and the movers and shakers.

Derbyshire...surprise winners of Div 2 last year

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Middle Stump Guide to Division 1

The summer is nearly upon us, and although one swallow doesn't make a summer according to Tulisa, this year's Liverpool Victoria County Championship promises much more. Division One is tighter than a gnat's chuff and here we run through who will do what, who will do little and our predictions for the league.

Scenes like these again for the Bears in 2013?

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Win a signed copy of Cricket Banter


This is the second in the series of competitions to celebrate the publication of our new book Cricket Banter! You will get 5 opportunities to get your hands on a copy signed by the authors, making you the envy of all your friends. No doubt these will be family heirlooms in the future when you pass them down to your grandchildren.



Starting from 11am on Saturday 6th April, and then on every Saturday of the month afterwards, we will be posting a photograph of cricketing stars giving each other a bit of chat on @themiddlestump. The second in our series will be the one above with Kevin Pietersen. In order to win a copy, all you have to do is prove how good your banter is!

Entering is as simple as hitting an Ian Salisbury long hop for six:

·         Tweet us @themiddlestump with your caption for the photograph. What is KP saying or thinking in this photo?

·         End the tweet with #CricketBanter.

·         The funniest and most banterful tweet will win, as judged by us of course!

The competition will last 24 hours, and the winners will be notified by DM on Twitter!

If you don’t win, or if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, visit The History Press website to get yours for £9.99. Happy tweeting, and keep it clean(ish). 

Friday, 5 April 2013

Cricket Banter

Our book Cricket Banter is back from the printers and ready to go. With a foreword by Paul Nixon, it has some amusing interviews with Mike Gatting, Jason Gillespie, Graeme Fowler, Steve James, Mike Selvey, Steve Kirby, Matthew Maynard, Alex Tudor, Rikki Clarke, Ed Giddins, Jack Brooks, Dimi Mascarenhas and many more. The book also has a Guide to the Counties, telling you where to grab a pint in various towns Middle Stump style, and a selection of hilarious stories ranging from Getting Pinned, Bad Behaviour on Cricket Tours and Why Cricketers get Piles! A cracking read which will keep you thoroughly entertained and part of the royalties go to the charity, Factor 50. Get your grubby mitts on a copy here...bit.ly/WWbiot

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Individual Team Sports

Thorpster is back with a bang...

Team sports come in all shapes, sizes and types. Some of my ex team mates would say so did the women whose attention I attracted in my younger days! As someone who has played many sports to a varying degree of success, but not been a particularly competitive individual, the dynamic of teams has been something that has held a certain level of fascination for me. In fact almost as much fascination as Billie Faiers' pictures in the recent issue of Nuts, a favourite publication of the boys from The Middle Stump. A duo of Graf Zeppelins suddenly springs to mind.

Miss Faiers