Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Barmy Bill

Billy Cooper has been spoken about a lot in this Ashes summer. The Barmy Army man on the trumpet was banned from Trent Bridge and received a wealth of exposure in the national press. Having followed the England team around the world for nearly twenty years, we caught up with him and waxed lyrical about David Warner, toilets in the subcontinent and getting arrested in Australia.

Barmy Bill

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Review of the 5th farce v Australia

"Let there be light", said some dude in the Bible once, but the cricketing Gods weren't smiling in SE11 as the 5th Ashes Test finished with boos from those who had had too much booze, whistles from the suits and everyone moaning as the players left the field for bad light. On the ground where the most theatrical of umpires, a certain William Bowden from New Zealand lifted the bails back in 2005 to return the urn after sixteen years, the umpires ended the game in a series dominated by those in the white coats as they had to follow the law written by those at the ICC, who no doubt need to visit the medical men in the white coats. Cricket, most definitely was not the winner.

England win the Ashes 3-0

Monday, 19 August 2013

The Uncapped XI

With the final Ashes clash of summer 2013 imminent, Andy Flower and Darren Lehmann put the animosity aside to share a few pints at a local watering hole.

There are no Warner-esque punch-ups but one too many drinks are had and a wager is placed: The Aussie coach challenges Flower to complete a 4-0 series win by fielding a side entirely devoid of a test cap.

His forfeit, should England triumph (AKA ‘Lehmann’s terms’ – get it?) is to repeat the favour at the SCG when the two sides meet in January.

A few of these were no doubt sunk.

With his confidence high and judgment impaired Flower agrees and, with the help of a cider-fuelled brainstorm, scribbles his inexperienced XI on a alcohol-stained beer mat (with this year’s first-class averages in accompaniment):


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Who is going to win Division One?

Whilst the country has been focussed on The Ashes, and the rest of you have been fitting in the odd game of T20, Division One of the LV County Championship is turning into a potential thriller with no fewer than six sides battling it out for the title, and three sides looking to be the one who avoids the drop. Here we look at their chances in the run in to what promises to be one of the most exciting seasons ever.
LVCC coming to Headingley this year?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Review of the 4th Test v Australia

"Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more" was written by some Warwickshire fan once about a tour to France which got a bit lively, and England roll onto the Oval with an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Broad...quality spell

Thursday, 8 August 2013

A physio's guide to watching the Ashes

This was sent in to us recently by guest blogger Jon Ryan. It is the complete and ultimate guide to keeping yourself in shape during the summer. Read on and before Mitchell Starc comes in to bat, you'll have yourself a six pack!


This is how you should have looked after the Aussie batting display at Lord's

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Monty Panesar's Top Ten

Monty has been a naughty boy. Kicked out of a Brighton gay bar at just gone four in the morning for hassling women, he then went upstairs and retaliated by urinating on the bouncers from the promenade above. Having been fined £90 for his troubles, we thought we'd cheer up the Luton based spinner with our Monty Panesar Top Ten.

Monty is worried the bouncers might get their own back

Monday, 5 August 2013

Review of the 3rd Test v Australia

"Oh Manchester, so much to answer for," lamented Morrissey back in the 80's and the third Test from Old Trafford threw loads of questions and moot points out amongst the twitterati. Slow over rates, bad light, are England a good side or are certain things holding them back from being a great one, Michael Clarke's Nureyev like footwork against the spinners, pantomime villain Davey (as Michael Clarke calls him) Warner, were all discussed at length within 140 characters over the weekend, as this Test ended up in a draw.

Davey...is it wrong to start to like him?

Sunday, 4 August 2013

How Clarke would love Warne!

Michael Clarke must wish he had a Shane Warne up his sleeve with the Test delicately poised at Old Trafford. With England's Graeme Swann having picked up eighteen wickets so far in the series, compared to a measly six from the Australian spinners, Clarke would sell his soul to the devil to have a spinner of such a calibre.

Celebrating another Ashes win in 2001