Sunday, 28 September 2014

Leeds, Leeds, Leeds

Apologies for lack of writing for a couple of weeks. This was because I had to research, write and prepare a show called Pushing the Boundaries that was unveiled to the general public at the Premier Suite, Headingley Stadium last Thursday, all in aid of Melanoma UK. Pushing the Boundaries featured some comedy, followed by interviews with Yorkshire and England cricketers live on stage. The feedback seems to have been extremely positive, and if it can raise a few quid for a worthwhile cause, then it can't be a bad thing, can it? The Yorkshire public certainly seemed to enjoy themselves, and with the show lasting for two and a half hours in total, they certainly got value for money; something important to Yorkshiremen.

Monday, 15 September 2014

A day at wonderful Wormsley

Yesterday The Middle Stump was off duty savouring the sites and sounds of Sir Paul Getty’s fabulous Wormsley Cricket ground. As we mingled in with the crowd, watching the likes of Nick Knight swanning around, Matthew Hoggard's dog and a couple of thousand other people, we had a fantastic day and I am sure that everyone who attended would agree.

The Lara XI v Warwickshire XI at Wormsley

Friday, 12 September 2014

Congratulations Yorkshire

Yorkshire have today become the LV County Champions for the 2014 season and it was well deserved. As predicted on these pages back in March, Yorkshire have won the title with a game to spare and they were by far the best side in the country this year, capturing their first title since 2001. Batting, bowling, coaching, and fielding, there were no weak links in their armoury, and they sealed the title in spectacular style as they thrashed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. In a week where a certain gentleman in South Africa has been found not guilty of murder, it was the Yorkshire lads who had a spring in their step, and now they can go out and get legless. There was nobody culpable in Humberside. With a game to go against Somerset left, they can even put their feet up.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Death of Sunday Cricket

I don't know about you, but in my opinion, and most definitely in the South East, there is something facing extinction. The World Wildlife Fund might go on about elephants, tigers or even pandas, although the only thing in England to be found in the undergrowth that eats, shoots and leaves is Paul Ross. One thing that is dying on its arse though is Sunday cricket, and that is a very sad thing for club cricketers across the land.

Village green Sunday cricket must not die!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Pushing the Boundaries

Our show Pushing the Boundaries is live at the Premier Suite at Headingley on Thursday 25th September at 7.30pm. Come and watch as The Middle Stump meet four real characters of Yorkshire cricket, past and present. Come and see Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks, Jonny Bairstow and Steve Kirby talk about their experiences in the game over the years, and field questions that aren't the usual ones that they get asked.