Thursday, 31 July 2014

Review of the 3rd Test v India

Moeen Ali started this test on a mission to save Gaza. He ended it by smashing up India. England finally won a Test match by 266 runs and the cricketing folk of England, are even smiling. Cook returned to form, Jimmy bowled well and let the ball do the talking, Cook captained imaginitively, utilising his spinners effectively and England played a different brand of cricket. Why, they even looked like they were enjoying themselves at one point? How dare they! Southampton may be famed for the port in which the Titanic sailed out of, but it was India who had the sinking feeling during the third Test. England, after a 350 odd day drought, are drinking from the goblet of victory once more. The AEGEAS Bowl may no longer be the Rose Bowl, but it is through rose tinted glasses that I am writing this.

Packing them in at the AEGEAS Bowl

Friday, 25 July 2014

Pushing the Boundaries

Pushing the Boundaries, a live show which will feature Question and Answer sessions with the following cricketers;

RYAN SIDEBOTTOM - England, Nottinghamshire CCC and Yorkshire CCC

JONNY BAIRSTOW - England and Yorkshire CCC

JACK BROOKS - England Lions, Northamptonshire CCC and Yorkshire CCC

STEVE KIRBY - England Lions, Yorkshire CCC, Gloucestershire CCC and Somerset CCC

Tickets available here

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Time to point the finger elsewhere?

Guest blogger Greg Mackett writes a great piece here about whether it is time to look elsewhere at the reasons behind the long, winless run that our national side are currently suffering with. Greg wrote this the day before the side was picked for the Rose Bowl and it makes interesting reading. Do you agree with him? Let us know your views on Twitter @themiddlestump...

McCague...displaying what fans thought watching him bowl

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review of the 2nd Test v India

Ok, I had to let twenty four hours pass before I wrote as I wanted to write as impartial and constructive a piece as I possibly could. My ire and rage has still not subsided in that time, so I am just going to let this flow, no matter what. Having been bounced out by Indian bowling on the last morning, it was quite apt that a farcical run out should clinch a ninety five run win for the visitors, in a performance that could only be described as brain dead. An amoeba has more brain cells than the English batsmen put together at present. In a performance that could only be described as heartless, brainless and spineless, we review the Lord's Test match.

Lord's

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Middle Stump commentates

Tune into www.guerillacricket.com from 10.45am on Thursday 17th July where I will be talking general bollocks with Hendo and the gang, whilst watching the odd bit of cricket. Live commentary of England versus India from Lord's in what promises to be a pulsating, edge of your seats, second Test at Headquarters. Tune in...


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Review of the 1st Test v India

It's been a strange old week. A drawn Test with no rain delays, Cook looked a more adventurous skipper than his counterpart, the batsmen got wickets, the bowlers got runs, Jimmy Anderson even cracked a smile on a cricket pitch and Brazil leaked seven. Normally when I watch a Brazilian getting a pounding like that I have the volume on lower, but it has been a weird old week. Most of England has even been supporting Germany in the football this week. That is how weird a week we have had. Last year produced a thriller at Trent Bridge whilst this year, errr didn't. Here is a look at five days of my life that I will never, ever get back.

Trent Bridge

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Brown Stuff

So we have a side over from the sub-continent, we have them in our very own back yard, we have them at a venue which has traditionally suited the English bowlers and what do we do? We go and prepare a surface which in my mind was an absolute disgrace. Cricket should be a game that offers an equal contest between bat and ball. The pitch that we saw today at Trent Bridge wasn't and yet again, it looks like administrators putting money before the good will of the national side.

Trent Bridge

Friday, 4 July 2014

Stalemate?

The England versus India series is about to start and there is an easy way to make yourself a few quid if you are a savvy cricket follower. With odds on the 0-0 draw at 250-1 yesterday, although they have come in to 150-1 on Skybet, we can show you a licence to print money. Forget taking the missus out to a Berni Inn, read further on and you will be buying champagne at the bar, taking her out for lobster thermidor or for those who prefer to bet big, maybe some quail, larks tongues in aspic and finished off with a large courvoisier. Remember to gamble responsibly, but also remember the more that you bet, the more that you win. The smoke rings that you blow out of your havana in September will be courtesy of The Middle Stump.

Your wallet in September?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Middle Stump Guide to India

India have arrived and are already playing warm up games before the Test series versus England starts soon. The last two have gone England's way, although I expect this one to be far closer. India is a beautiful and diverse country, full of history and culture. So when you go to the Test match this summer, note down a few of these phrases and no doubt, some of your Indian chums will be impressed, as we give you the Middle Stump guide to India.