Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Strong Unit?

On these pages a few weeks ago we tipped Yorkshire County Cricket Club to win the LV County Championship. Having seen regular tweets signed off with the words #strongunit by their coach Jason Gillespie, I wanted to see if the Tykes were as strong as everyone was saying. Having seen them close up and personal, they don't have any weaknesses and England should have a look at a couple of them. An impressive side, brilliantly led by Gillespie and with teamwork coursing through their veins, I have to agree that they are indeed a strong unit.

Plunkett...serious wheels

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Premature Pitches?

Many a Middle Stump article has been accused of being immature in the last two years since we have been writing. Not only immature, but many a Middle Stump reader has no doubt been premature as well according to the legions of ladies who follow us on Twitter. However judging by the amount of wickets falling across the country at present, nothing has been as premature as playing a sixth of the LV County Championship by the end of April. Wickets are falling left, right and centre and low scores around the country are becoming the norm. Who said it was a batsmen's game?

The openers stride out to bat at Worcester

Friday, 25 April 2014

Speaking with Stevo

Darren Stevens has been around the professional cricket circuit for nearly twenty years. A career that saw the Leicester lad start off with his home town county, has now burgeoned since he moved to Kent. Close to an England call up a few years ago, he is one of the best all rounders in the country and the longevity of his career is a testament to what a fine servant he has been to English cricket. One of the nicest blokes around, Stevo is known for his chat, laughs and general bonhomie, although not sure Sam Northeast will think so after reading this. After a tough winter where he thought he might never play cricket again, Darren was cleared of any wrong doing and is now looking forward to a bright future. We caught up with him recently where he told us about Stuart Broad and Luke Wright's party trick, who is the serial killer down at Kent CCC and which umpires dish out the best chat. Read on in this hilarious interview with the Benjamin Button of English cricket...

Stevo

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Top Ten Most Famous Deliveries

You know how we all love a list here at The Middle Stump. Nick Hornby and High Fidelity has nothing on us, and here we have a look at the most famous balls of all time. No, I'm not talking about Ron Jeremy, Peter North or John Holmes but the most famous cricketing deliveries of my lifetime. I'm sure you have your own, and please feel free to send us yours on Twitter/Facebook or in the comments section below, but here are my top ten of my lifetime.

Gatt...bemused

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Middle Stump Easter XI

Here we compile a list of our Middle Stump Easter XI...

Arul "Last" Suppiah

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Strongest League in the World?


The County season has started and the LVCC or the County Championship in pounds, shillings and pence has thrown up some cracking games already. One gentleman on social media this week described it as 'the strongest league in the world' and with us chaps at the Middle Stump not being the type to sit on the fence, I'd have to agree with him. The IPL may have started in other regions, but the corruption, Srini and that envelope have turned off a large number of cricket fans. For the longer form of the game, it is happening right here and right now.

A county game at beautiful Worcester

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Expect the Unexpected...an IPL preview

~ Oscar Wilde


Sonali Dhulap is one of India's growing legion of young cricket writers. We are delighted that she will be bringing to The Middle Stump her wit and wisdom, making these pages far more glamorous over the summer. Expect more from her when India tour, but in the meantime she gives us the low down on the IPL and what to expect, or not to expect, over the next few weeks. You can follow her on Twitter @pillya...

KP...IPL bound

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

England's next coach?

Every England fan is looking, watching and waiting. Like a kid on Christmas Eve we are all waiting to open the present that the ECB are about to give us, although with their track record it wouldn't surprise me if we ended up with a piece of coal and an orange. Google the Aussie comic, Kev "Bloody" Wilson and I'm sure England fans will be chanting one of his famous Christmas songs, err this Easter. Hopefully Paul Downton won't do a Pontius Pilate and wash his hands of this decision, and given some of the catching in the T20 it seemed like the players were the ones who had warmed up for Easter by having a few nails hammered through their palms. Rightly so, they were crucified. So who would your choice be out of the Gang of Four, aka the short list that the ECB have drawn up?

Please Sir, can it be my turn?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

LVCC Div 2 Preview

After our preview in what is the most open Division One race last week, we look at the the runners and riders in Division Two. The 2014 season promises to be one of the most exciting and tightest years for errrm years, and we tell you here who to get your dough on. Gamble your house on our advice as it is usually that good, but if you are living in a cardboard box with an irate missus come September, please don't come crying to us. In all seriousness, this division has a habit of surprises with the unfancied Derbyshire and Northamptonshire grabbing the runners up spots in the last two years so who knows what will happen, but here is our prediction...

More success for Hampshire this year?