Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Dodgy Track

Pitches have caught the headlines this week again in County Cricket, as the Hove track has been talked about by the twitterati. The thriller against Warwickshire this week, comes on the back of a shocking wicket versus Middlesex and Lancashire second eleven who abandoned a couple of games earlier in the year. Hove was one of the quickest tracks around in the eighties, one where facing the likes of Garth Le Roux or Imran was as enjoyable in Sussex as a night out in Crawley. Having had a few years of benign surfaces, which helped Mushtaq Ahmed no end a few years back as he spun them to the title, they have relaid them to try and get them back to their old ways.

Tranquil Hove?

Monday, 25 May 2015

Review of the 1st Test v New Zealand

What a Test match. Positive cricket thrilled a partisan, yet knowledgeable crowd at the Home of Cricket as England finally won having been in boxing parlance, floored in the first round. New Zealand played their part in a game which was a fantastic advertisement for cricket, as England won just eight overs from the finish by 124 runs. NW8 may be the part of the world where Vanessa Feltz resides, but it was the English cricketing public gorging on a five day binge, as this game was the lobster thermidor of cricket. This was tales from the unexpected from the start, until Moeen Ali caught Boult down at third man to win the game. Here is our review of the brilliant, wonderful first Test match versus New Zealand.

The Home of Cricket

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Positivity

Watching some of the fields that Brendon McCullum has set in recent times has been an absolute breath of fresh air. The antithesis of a couple of slips with a third man as the insurance policy, is great to watch and has been rewarded. McCullum captains the way he plays, taking the game to the opposition and this is what England need to start doing. Positivity is rewarded in the game, the aggressive approach and for me, the last few years watching England have lacked this.

McCullum...positive

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Gareth Andrew interview

Gareth Andrew has been around for years. Still only 31, he made his debut in 2000 in first class cricket playing in the Nat West for the Somerset Cricket Board. A career has since seen him play for many seasons at Somerset and Worcestershire, and many finer judges than me have said that he would have played for England, especially in the shorter format of the game, barring injury. We caught up with the all rounder recently, whilst recovering from illness, and despite the odd sneeze and splutter he was a great bloke. Read on to find out Moeen Ali's problems with his beard, how Gareth did his bit to get Worcestershire promoted last year, and what Justin Langer said to Jack Shantry.

Gareth Andrew during a Photocall for Worcestershire County Cricket ...
Gareth Andrew

Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Run Out

"Yes....No...Yes...Wait...Oh shit, sorry". How many times have you said those words whilst batting? How many times have you HEARD those words whilst batting? No doubt hundreds, possibly thousands of you were run out last weekend all over the UK. Communications akin to those of the ECB break down, and you are left stranded, and you become as popular with your batting partner as your average journalist is with Nigel Pearson. It has happened for centuries, it will happen for centuries, and nothing is more amusing than the run out.

Donald...famously run out in 99

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Strauss of Pain

The soap opera of the ECB rolls on and on. Not content with giving us a crap team on the pitch, charging us through the nose to go and watch them, we now have a situation played out for free which is far more entertaining than watching a diet of 83mph right arm seamers try their hearts out for their employers. Kevin Pietersen has been told that he is not trusted by Andrew Strauss and the twitterati is in uproar. However, he has not only been carted out of the team, but offered a role as one day advisor. WTF? That is the equivalent of getting dumped by your girlfriend and then her asking you what she thinks of your new bloke. Strauss? Sounds like someone at the ECB is Brahms and Liszt.

KP...not in the circle of trust!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Opening Up

With the eulogies flying around regarding Jonathan Trott, and even Trotty himself giving the Barmy Army a farewell salute, we now look to the future as to who will grab that opening role. There are quite a few candidates flying around for this position and here we discuss the runners and riders for the slot.

Robson...goes big when he gets in

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Review of the 3rd Test in West Indies

So England threw it away. The third Test in Barbados was played out on a sporting pitch but one that ultimately provided a fantastic contest, and saw the Windies level the series at one apiece. The Windies played very well but this will be the last hurrah at this level for a number of individuals. Trott, Moores, Chanderpaul, Whitaker and potentially others could have their P45's awaiting. A Cook hundred, the first for two years, was ultimately in vain as this England side burnt their Bridgetown's with many of their supporters. The St George's flags may have over taken this ground, but it was the flag of West Indies that the supporters were rallying around at the end. Read on as we review the Barbados Test.

The new look Bridgetown

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